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$3.75 Million – John Does v. LAUSD (Sunny Brae Elementary & Woodland Hills Academy)

Two former LAUSD students, who were 8 and 12 years old at the time they met Joaquin Diaz, a teacher’s assistant, were raped and sodomized by Diaz for years.  Diaz was later arrested and convicted and sentenced to 37 years in state prison.  The boys and their families were groomed by Diaz to trust him where he took advantage of the boys.



Michael works on high-profile cases that have garnered national media attention. His practice today focuses on child sexual abuse cases, police misconduct cases, catastrophic injuries and other wrongful death matters. He is a passionate advocate for his clients including the countless child sexual abuse victims he currently represents.