Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP, Attorneys at Law

Partner

Jonathan C. Moore

Jonathan C. Moore became a partner of the firm in 2006.  His area of practice is civil rights with a focus on police and governmental misconduct, employment discrimination, First Amendment advocacy and international human rights.  He has successfully litigated significant cases both on behalf of individuals and as class counsel in cases involving systemic misconduct in police departments in New York and throughout the country.  He practices in both federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels.

Practice Areas

Civil Rights, International Human Rights, Employment Law

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1970)
DePaul University College of Law (J.D. 1977), Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

Admitted to bar, 1977, California; 1978, Illinois; 1983, New York; 1990, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; 1981, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; 1985, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; 1985, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York; 2002, United States District Court for the Northern District of New York; 1978, 2002, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Pro hac vice admission in numerous federal district courts throughout the country.

Professional Activities

Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York  
Member, American Trial Lawyers Association
Member, New York County Lawyers Association
Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
Member, Brehon Law Society
Member, National Lawyers Guild, Chair, Civil Liberties Committee (1983-85)
Founding Member (1999, CLE Lecturer and Advisory Board Member, National Police Accountability Project (NPAP)
Adjunct Professor of Law, City University of New York School of Law (1999)
Faculty Member, Practising Law Institute
Faculty Member, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Cardozo School of Law
Founding Editor, Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report (West Group)

Recent Publications

Moore, J., "Establishing Liability Under Monell: The Rule 803(8)(C) Alternative," Vol. 7 Civil Rights Litigation and Attorneys Fees Annual Handbook, (Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1991)

Moore, J., "Discovery Issues in Police Misconduct Litigation," Vol. 17 Civil Rights Litigation and Attorneys Fees Annual Handbook, (West Group, 2001)

Moore, J., Goodman, W., Milton, D.,  "Mass Protest, Mass Arrest and Class Certification: The Struggle For the First and Fourth Amendments in the 21st Century," Vol. 20 Civil Rights Litigation and Attorneys Fees Annual Handbook, (West Group, 2004)

Moore, J., "Discovery Issues in Police Misconduct Litigation," Vol 6, No. 16, Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report (West Group, July-August 2001)

Representative Cases

MacNamara, et al., v. City of New York, et al., 04 Civ. 8216 (KMK)(JCF). Putative class action on behalf of all those wrongfully arrested and excessively detained during the Republican National Convention in New York City in August/September, 2004.

Castro v. City of New York, 06 Civ. 2253 (E.D.N.Y.) (Trial counsel; jury found the NYC Department of Sanitation unlawfully refused to hire plaintiff in retaliation for his having been a named plaintiff in a successful discrimination class action against the NYPD, a verdict upheld on appeal to the Second Circuit)

Burley, et al., v. City of New York, et al., 03 Civ. 0735 (S.D.N.Y.)(WHP)(FM). Certified class action on behalf of all those wrongfully arrested and excessively detained during the World Economic Forum demonstrations in New York City in February, 2002.

McCray, et al., v. The City of New York, et al., 03 Civ. 9685 (S.D.N.Y.)(DB) Section 1983 claim for malicious prosecution on behalf of three young men recently exonerated of any responsibility for the rape and attempted murder of the Central Park Jogger in 1989.

Hampton v. Hanrahan, 600 F.2d 600 (7th Cir. 1979); 446 U.S. 754 (1980) 1983,  1985(3) and Bivens claims against federal and state law enforcement officials for wrongful death of members of the Black Panther Party.

Carlson v. Green, 446 U.S. 14 (1980) Established Eighth Amendment Bivens claim for federal prisoners for inadequate medical care.

Daniels et al., v. The City of New York, et. al., 194 F.R.D. 409 (S.D.N.Y. 2001);75 F. Supp. 2d 154 (S.D.N.Y. 1999); 191 F.R.D. 52 (S.D.N.Y. 1999) Successful 1983 class action challenge to racial profiling by New York City Police Department in the stop and frisk without reasonable suspicion of minority youth in New York City.

Bartholomew v. The City of New York, et al., 00 Civ 3076 (WHP)(S.D.N.Y.) First and Fourth Amendment challenge to City's policy of detaining individuals arrested at demonstrations for processing through the system rather than releasing them with a Desk Appearance Ticket. Settled with agreement by the City to withdraw and not reinstate the policy and for damages in the amount of $469,000.

National Lawyers Guild v. Attorney General, No. 77 Civ. 999 (PKL)(S.D.N.Y.) Federal Tort Claims Act case alleging, inter alia, wrongful surveillance, informant penetration and disruption of lawful activities by FBI and other agencies of the federal government.

American Civil Liberties Union v. City of Chicago, No. 75 Civ. 3295 (N.D.Ill.) 1983 and Bivens class action for unlawful surveillance, informant penetration and disruption of activities of lawful political organizations by FBI and Chicago Police Department.

United States ex rel Hoover v. Elsea, 50l F. Supp. 83 (N.D.Ill 1980); 669 F.2d 433 (7th Cir. 1982); 558 F.Supp. 974 (N.D. Ill 1983) Challenge to interstate transfer of state prisoner to federal custody.

Stewart v Kostick, et al., No. 86 Civ. 6979 (SDNY)(JMW) 1983 action for the death of Michael Stewart; settlement in the amount of $1,900,000, which, at the time, was the largest such settlement in the history of New York City in a wrongful death police case.

Gentile, et al., v. The County of Suffolk, 129 F.R.D. 435 (E.D.N.Y. 1990), aff'd, 926 F.2d 142 (2nd Cir. 1991) Trial and appellate counsel; verdict for plaintiffs of $300,000 in Monell claim against County of Suffolk.

King v. Conde and Gentile, et al., v. The County of Suffolk, 121 F.R.D. 180 (E.D.N.Y. 1988) Most widely cited decision in Second Circuit and in other Circuits establishing presumptive discoverability of police officer personnel files in 1983 action.

Dwares v. City of New York, 985 F.2d 94 (2nd Cir. 1993) Court held that persons peacefully demonstrating are entitled to police protection from private violence.

Vann v. City of New York, 72 F.3d 1040 (2nd Cir. 1995) Successful appeal from grant of summary judgment on plaintiff's claim that the City of New York was deliberately indifferent to the need to monitor abusive police officers who were returned to active duty.

Kaufman v. Rivera, et al., 95 Civ. 5667 (JFK)(S.D.N.Y. Oct. 4, 1996) Decision denying motion to dismiss in strip search case on grounds of 11th Amendment immunity and qualified immunity.

Dusenbury v. The City of New York, et al., 1999 WL 199072 (S.D.N.Y. April 9, 1999) State interference in familial association rights is actionable even without permanent physical separation. Settled for $2,750,000, the third highest award at the time in the City of New York in a non-death, police misconduct case.

Circulo de la Hispanidad v. City of Long Beach, et al. 00 Civ. 1463 (ADS)(ETB)(E.D.N.Y. 2002) Trial counsel; jury verdict of $475,000 to plaintiff for violation of First Amendment rights. Separate decision awarding attorneys fees.

Raniola v. Bratton, 2003 WL 1907865 (S.D.N.Y. April 21, 2003) Trial counsel; verdict for plaintiff of $470,000 in sexual harassment/retaliation case against New York City Police Department of $470,000. Court awarded combined attorneys fees and costs of $640,902.

In The News

BLH Partner Jonathan C. Moore featured in ABA Journal cover story

City of New York agrees to settle class action challenging unlawful mass arrests during the 2004 Republican National Convention

BLH Secures Class Status for New Yorkers Challenging NYPD's Unconstitutional Stop and Frisk Policy

BLH files class action on behalf of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators seeking damages and an end to NYPD use of barricade pens

BLH files suit on behalf of young man hospitalized after NYPD stop

BLH files lawsuit on behalf of family ensnared by 30th Precinct misconduct

BLH Appointed Class Counsel in Federal Class Action on Behalf of 1800 People Arrested During 2004 Republican National Convention

BLH Wins Employment Discrimination Trial and Appeal on Behalf of Former NYPD Sergeant

BLH and Co-Counsel Win Damages for Critical Mass Bicyclist Assaulted by NYPD

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