SCHOOL VIOLENCE LAW
The only nationwide legal team focused on winning justice for victims of violence and misconduct in schools.
SEXUAL VIOLENCE
We help victims hold perpetrators, schools, and fraternities accountable.
FRATERNITY HAZING
When they are negligent, we hold them accountable.
INJURY & DEATH
Our law firm was lead counsel for the Virginia Tech victims. We can help you.

Our Lawyers Protect Victims of Gender Violence

“It’s time to pass the Equal Rights Amendment so that our legal system can become a system of justice, and #metoo can finally become no more.” –Laura Dunn

Our Lawyers Specialize in Wrongful Death Lawsuits Against Fraternities:  Hazing at Cornell University

Our lawyers the family of George Desdunes who was killed by fraternity hazing at Cornell University.   We established legal precedent in New York rendering national fraternities legally responsible for the dangerous, illegal hazing by its chapters and members.  George’s mother received a confidential multi-million dollar settlement.

Our Lawyers Represent Victims of Gun Violence in Schools:  Press Conference Post-Virginia Tech Massacre

Doug Fierberg was the lead trial attorney for approximately 20 survivors or family members of those who died in the mass shooting and gun violence at Virginia Tech.  Doug negotiated the historic settlement – valued at approximately $11 Million – compensating victims, providing health care for life, and establishing a foundation.  Doug continues to represent the VTV Family Outreach Foundation.

Our Lawyers Represent Sexual Assault Survivors:  Lawsuit against Kansas State under Title IX

Good Morning America profiles our federal lawsuits on behalf of two Kansas State University Students raped at fraternity events.  We prevailed against K State’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, and are confident that our clients will prevail before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  We have prevailed in Title IX lawsuits across the country, representing survivors in elementary, middle, high school and college.

Our Clients Benefit from the Firm’s Unequaled Nationwide Legal Expertise

More than 25 years ago, we were the first lawyers to develop the legal specialty on behalf of survivors, victims and their families, particularly in lawsuits against fraternities involving hazing, rape, sexual assault, unlawful provision of alcohol, and other misconduct.  We have collected tens and tens of millions of dollars in settlements for victims of fraternity hazing, college sexual assault, gender violence and discrimination, and other misconduct causing traumatic injury and death.

Our Lawyers are Passionate Advocates and Activists:  Violence Against Women Act

Attorney Laura Dunn established SurvJustice, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization promoting justice on behalf of survivors of gender violence, and she has been counsel for landmark Title IX lawsuits.  As a result of her work and advocacy, Ms. Dunn was invited to White House ceremonies commemorating re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act and presided over by President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden.

PURSUING JUSTICE NATIONWIDE

Our lawyers and work are regularly profiled in National Media including CNN, MSNBC, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, NPR, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, TED Talks (~1,000,000 Views) and more.

Our Clients Benefit from the Firm’s Unequaled Nationwide Legal Expertise

Across the country and for more than 25 years, we have successfully resolved state and federal lawsuits involving serious personal injuries and wrongful death at schools, colleges, and fraternities...

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Our Lawyers Specialize in Wrongful Death Lawsuits Against Fraternities:  Hazing at Cornell University

George Desdunes was killed by fraternity hazing by Sigma Alpha Epsilon members and pledges at Cornell University. His mother’s wrongful death lawsuit established a precedent in New York that enable...

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Our Lawyers Protect Victims of Gender Violence

“It’s time to pass the Equal Rights Amendment so that our legal system can become a system of justice, and #metoo can finally become no more.” –Laura Dunn

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Our Lawyers Win Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors

John Doe suffered a brutal sexual assault by his high school basketball teammates. Our firm filed suit against the school district, school and coaching staff under Title IX, Section 1983 of the Ci...

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Our Lawyers Represent Sexual Assault Survivors:  Lawsuit against Kansas State under Title IX

Good Morning America featured our work and clients’ federal lawsuits seeking to compel Kansas State University to investigate, hold disciplinary hearings, and abide by Title IX and state law regard...

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Our Lawyers Represent Victims of Gun Violence in Schools:  Press Conference Post-Virginia Tech Massacre

Our lawyers negotiated the historic settlements for the wrongful deaths and injured survivors valued in excess of $11 Million. The settlements established a foundation in their honor that continues...

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OUR WORK

We represent families and survivors in federal and state lawsuits involving fraternity death, fraternity rape, fraternity hazing injury, hazing death, wrongful death, serious personal injury, sexual assault, gun violence and Title IX violations.  For example, on October 12, 2017, Monica Beck obtained a $1.8 Million verdict on behalf of one of our clients in Federal Court against Chad Curtis, a former major league baseball player (now incarcerated) who sexually assaulted four of our clients in high school.  In 2014 we obtained approximately $5 Million in federal court judgments and settlements for young girls improperly videotaped and photographed by their elementary school teacher, enabling them to obtain the quality mental health care they deserve, pay for college, and, for some, purchase homes for themselves and families.  We help rape survivors achieve justice in school disciplinary hearings, since these proceedings are pivotal in protecting students and their Title IX and educational rights.  As part of our practice focusing on women’s rights, we are defending sexual assault survivors who have been sued by perpetrators for defamation, and filing counterclaims on their behalf to obtain compensation for their injuries.

We have served as lead counsel in lawsuits, administrative complaints, mediation, and school disciplinary proceedings in numerous states, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

We have established legal precedent in numerous states (Federal and State courts), created legacies for our clients, and collected tens and tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements against individuals, corporations, fraternities, educational institutions, enablers and con-apologists responsible for harming our clients.  “You and Jon were amazing!  We had them outlawyered today, which gives us a fighting chance of having it acknowledged that our son died from hazing, and that steps will be taken to prevent others from being harmed/killed.  All because of you, Jon and the Team in Michigan and PA!”  Surviving Parent/Client, 2017. 

Our litigation and trial skills also assist our commercial work, advice and litigation on behalf of individuals, for-profit and non-profit organizations and start-ups nationwide:

  • For more than 20 years, we have served as outside general counsel for the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (“NACA”), this country’s most progressive, aggressive and successful organization fighting housing discrimination and predatory lending.  NACA has made the American Dream of homeownership possible for thousands of working people, forcing banks to commit billions of dollars to end discrimination.  See www.naca.com
  • We served as lead trial attorneys for Rolling Stone LLC, Jann Wenner and Wenner Media LLC, legendary global media companies defending a $25 Million defamation lawsuit filed against them arising out of an article Rolling Stone published on the subject of sexual assaults at college fraternities.  Our work uncovered numerous legal and factual flaws in the allegations against Rolling Stone, and, as a result, the claims were successfully resolved for a small fraction of the damages sought. 
  • We served as lead trial attorneys for Rolling Stone, Jann Wenner and Wenner Media in defense of a federal lawsuit brought against them in New York by individual members of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.  The lawsuit was dismissed.
  • For more than 25 years, we have served as general counsel for the International Titanium Association, an association of American and multi-national businesses operating worldwide.  See www.titanium.org
  • We initiate and defend litigation in Washington, D.C. and Virginia on behalf of Grosvenor Urban Retail, LP, a London-based, global leader in commercial real estate.  See www.grosvenor.com
  • For more than 20 years, we have served as outside general counsel for Fasano Associates, Inc., a D.C.-headquartered diversified underwriting organization serving the life insurance, annuity/structured settlement, life settlement and related industries nationwide.

Our commercial advice covers a wide-spectrum of start-up, entity formation, operational, employment, management, leasing, litigation, strategic and governance legal issues.  And, when conflict cannot be circumvented, we have successfully brought, defended and resolved numerous types of commercial claims, as well as investigative and enforcement actions brought by state and federal agencies.

Un abogado en nuestro bufete, Jonathon Fazzola, está disponible para hacer consultas en español para los clientes de habla hispana.  We have successfully represented a number of people who struggle to speak and/or understand English.  We have ready access to translators fluent in Arabic, Chinese and Russian.  Igualidad ante la ley根据法律面前人人平等

Our Ethic
Fraternity Victims
School Rape
Trial Attorneys

Our Ethic

More than 20 years ago, Doug Fierberg was the first lawyer to exclusively represent victims of school violence nationwide. As his legal team has grown, we have always believed that giving back is essential. Thus, our lawyers – for no fee - have compelled wrongdoers to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation to non-profit organizations whose missions are to eliminate hazing, sexual assault, binge drinking, and other violence from schools.

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Fraternity Victims

"Fierberg is a man of obvious and deep intelligence, comfortable - in the way of alpha-male litigators - with sharply correcting a fuzzy thought; with using obscenities; with speaking derisively, even contemptuously, of opponents. He is also the man I would run to as though my hair were on fire if I ever found myself in a legal battle with a fraternity, and so should you." - Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic

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School Rape

The litigation experience of Doug Fierberg paired with the national Title IX movement expertise of Cari Simon make us uniquely effective advocates for people who have suffered rape or sexual assault in schools and universities.

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Trial Attorneys

Federal and state courts across the country have admitted Mr. Fierberg to practice before them to serve as lead trial counsel for wrongful death, hazing, sexual assault and catastrophic personal injury cases, including cases filed in Alabama, Arizona, California, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana, Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Ohio.

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Our Team

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Douglas Fierberg

ATTORNEY
Cari Simon, Title IX, Attorney, The Fierberg National Law Group, TFNL Group, School Violence Law

Cari Simon

ATTORNEY
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Monica Beck

MANAGING LEGAL COUNSEL
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Laura L. Dunn

MANAGING LEGAL COUNSEL – D.C.
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Jonathon Fazzola

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Lisa Cloutier

ATTORNEY
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Chris DeJong

EXECUTIVE PRACTICE MANAGER
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Karen Rink

PARALEGAL
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Taylor Picard

PARALEGAL
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Erika Yobbi

MARKETING DIRECTOR
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NANCY HOGSHEAD-MAKAR

AFFILIATED TRIAL COUNSEL
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KERRY BRAINARD-VERDI

AFFILIATED FIRM & COUNSEL
“Doug Fierberg, Cari Simon, and their team are passionate about achieving justice for their clients. They treated me with respect and great reverence for the trauma that I faced. They were genuinely interested in my well being as a survivor. Throughout all steps of the process, they believed in me and encouraged me. They are true advocates for their clients. I am forever grateful for all that they have done for me. Their diligent work ethic and desire to lessen the burden on survivors has created a renewed hope for me as a survivor. My experience with Doug and Cari has even prompted me to apply for law school so that one day I might also be able to help survivors fight these injustices.”
– Jane Doe, Georgia