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BRILL & RINALDI, The Law Firm, Represents Father of Parkland Shooting Victim against School Resource Officer BSO Deputy Scot Peterson and Others

Andrew Pollack, Stoneman Shooting Victim Meadow Pollack's Father

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2018 - BRILL & RINALDI, The Law Firm, representing Andrew Pollack, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida against Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy and School Resource Officer Scot Peterson, 54, as well as the gunman and a multitude of others, on April 30, 2018.

Peterson has been sued for gross negligence in the death of shooting victim Meadow Pollack, who was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018 that resulted in the death of 14 students and three teachers and injuries to more than a dozen more.

Although the suit names numerous parties, it was Peterson, as the assigned school resource officer on campus that day, who did not go inside Building 12 although he knew there was a shooting occurring, who is the focus of the suit’s ire. The wrongful death lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages for Andy Pollack and Shara Kaplan, the surviving and grieving parents of Meadow, and a trial by jury.

"This lawsuit is about justice," said David Brill, managing partner of BRILL & RINALDI, The Law Firm. “Scot Peterson had the legal and moral obligation and every opportunity to prevent Meadow Pollack’s death, as well as the deaths of and injuries to many others that day. He failed. Miserably and inexcusably. We want to expose what a coward he was and hold him legally accountable.”

After the shooting, the Broward Sheriff’s Office released radio dispatch communications and school surveillance video that revealed Peterson knew in less than two minutes that the killer – to whom Andrew Pollack and the lawyers and staff of BRILL & RINALDI, The Law Firm, will only refer as his prison number, 181958 – was raining bullets inside Building 12. Yet, Peterson merely positioned himself outside the building, cowering behind a wall as the gunfire continued for more than four minutes more. He never stepped inside to confront the killer, even though he was armed and trained and required to do so.

“Instead of trying to save innocent people, Peterson stood outside in a safe place and listened while teachers and students screamed and cried as they lay dying,” said Joe Rinaldi, co-founder of The Law Firm. “Even though he worked at that school for more than a decade and assuredly knew and cared about many of those victims personally.”

Police experts state that officers are trained to neutralize a killer as their first priority when confronted with a school shooting situation. This includes moving toward the sound of gunfire quickly in an effort to stop it. Law enforcement protocols specifically changed after the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Since then, officers are taught to immediately confront the shooter and try to reduce the body count.

“Peterson, who is a 33-year law enforcement veteran and who knows these protocols, did exactly the opposite,” Brill stated.

Andy Pollack wants everyone to know Peterson failed his and Shara Kaplan’s daughter and the many others in Building 12, especially those on the third floor. Even if Peterson moves to a small town across the country with a population of 50, Pollack wants every one of those 50 to know Peterson as the Broward Coward.

Peterson was suspended without pay but then resigned from the sheriff’s office the day authorities released the information. He began his career with the Broward County sheriff’s office in July 1985 and was the school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas since 2009.

About Brill & Rinaldi, The Law Firm

With a knowledge and appreciation for the law, and a steadfast commitment to offering sound counsel and personal attention to clients, Brill & Rinaldi, The Law Firm, approaches each case by concentrating on their client’s objectives, while constructing strategic solutions for success, with the aim of seeking one thing about which they have the most passion: Justice for their clients. That is why their mantra is: FOR PEOPLE. FOR JUSTICE.

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Top NY Litigator Kiyam Poulson Launches Poulson Law PLLC Specializing in Real Estate, Business, Estate Law

Poulson Law, PLLC

Uniondale, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2018 - Poulson Law PLLC, founded by Long Island native, Kiyam J. Poulson, Esq. and based in Uniondale, New York, is officially open for business.

Endeavoring to serve the greater New York community with quality legal representation, Poulson Law PLLC’s areas of practice will include real estate including foreclosure defense, eviction/landlord tenant and closings, business including formations, contracts, copyrights and trademarks and estate planning including wills, probate, administrations, living wills and powers of attorney. His career has largely involved these practice areas.

The founding and managing member, Kiyam J. Poulson, Esq., is an attorney with 20 years of experience and is recognized by his peers as one of New York's brightest attorneys in his field. Mr. Poulson is a well-respected former senior managing attorney for several of New York’s top financial services law firms primarily serving financial institutions, mortgage lenders/servicers, and small businesses.

“I have known Kiyam for nearly 25 years, so I can definitely vouch for his integrity. It is great to see his commitment to serving his community while exhibiting an impressive entrepreneurial spirit.” – A. Jenkins

Mr. Poulson was born in Rockville Centre, New York to parents James and Sharon Poulson. As a pre-teen, Kiyam and his parents moved to the culturally diverse, working-class neighborhood of Freeport, New York. After graduating from Freeport High School as president of his class, Kiyam was accepted to The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Management. While at Penn, Kiyam was honored as one of the Universities' Top 100 Cultural Elite.Thereafter he obtained his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York.

After admission to the New York State Bar, Kiyam was also admitted to Federal practice in the Eastern, Southern, Northern and Western Districts of New York. Kiyam has been a managing associate at several top New York foreclosure firms where he has successfully argued and won on appeal in the Appellate Division, Second Department.

After many years representing financial institutions in litigated foreclosure, eviction and bankruptcy matters, he decided to start Poulson Law PLLC, a practice dedicated to utilizing those skills to help the New York consumer and business owner. Finally, a chance to level the playing field.

“New York is one of seven states that posted a year-over-year increase in scheduled foreclosure auctions in 2017. Up 9 percent to the highest level since 2006. This is even though foreclosures in the U.S. in 2017 were at a new all-time low. I feel it is time for me to marshal my experience and talents and position myself as a champion for the homeowner. Similar to a former assistant District Attorney becoming a Criminal Defense attorney.” – Kiyam J. Poulson

The offices of Poulson Law PLLC is located in Uniondale, New York, chosen for its central locale and proximity to New York City. Poulson Law PLLC endeavors to become a pillar of the community as well as a force for justice through its zealous advocacy for its clients.

Poulson Law, PLLC
405 RXR Plaza
Uniondale, NY 11556
Tel: (516)368-9106