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High-Profile attorney - Evan M. Oshan | Warrior for justice

Some cases require an attorney, other cases require an advocate for change

Evan Oshan on Good Morning America.

Evan M. Oshan is a well-connected lawyer who handles high-profile cases nationally and internationally. He is unlike any conventional lawyer and has a heavy dose of creativity. He understands that “no two matters are the same” and each case or client has to be treated differently. Every matter requires its own unique solution and ‘out of the box’ thinking.

Evan M. Oshan and his team are not afraid to go against powerful corporations or the government. With his ‘never say defeat’ spirit and his push to represent the best of his Clients' interests Evan M. Oshan has been called a warrior for justice.

Evan M. Oshan was quoted, featured and interviewed in hundreds of news publications worldwide including but not limited to: New York Post, TMZ, ABC, CBS, NBC, Washington Post, FOX, Inside Edition, The Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, CNBC, New York Post, CNN, New York Daily News, Metro UK, People, PBS and more.

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Aug 27, 2020

KING 5: Father of man killed inside Seattle's CHOP zone files $3 billion in claims against city, county, state

"It is important to hold our government leaders accountable so this will not happen again," said Attorney Evan Oshan in a prepared statement.


SEATTLE, Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Horace Anderson- father of Lorenzo Anderson -- the special needs teenager murdered on June 20, 2020 amid the lawlessness that occurred within Seattle's seven-block zone known as "CHOP/CHAZ" – has filed 3 separate $1 billion claims against the City of Seattle, the County of King and the State of Washington. It is by far the largest claim filed in connection to the government's failure to protect its citizens amid the CHOP/CHAZ fiasco. Additional documentation for the claims can be seen here.

The claim was filed today by Oshan & Associates, P.C. (Oshan Law) on behalf of Horace Anderson. It claims that the actions and inactions by the City of Seattle, County of King and State of Washington are directly responsible for creating a hazardous, and lawless situation that resulted in the shooting death of his son.

Attorney Evan M. Oshan said, "This case warrants punitive or exemplary damages in order to punish the City of Seattle, County of King, the State of Washington and their agents for their outrageous conduct that allowed lawlessness to reign. Such failure to protect citizens must not be allowed to happen again."

"It is important to hold our government leaders accountable so this will not happen again," added Mr. Oshan. "Those in positions of power must not be allowed to hide from their duty to act responsibly and protect citizens. With power and prestige comes responsibility!"


SEATTLE, Aug. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- High-profile personal injury attorney Evan M. Oshan of Oshan and Associates is representing Horace Anderson and advocating a petition for change following the tragic death of his son Lorenzo Anderson.

  • The City of Seattle allowed the existence of the Capital Hill Occupied Protest; "Chop Zone" for approximately one month, therefore, creating unsafe, dangerous and lawless environment.
  • The area established on June 8, 2020 after George Floyd's death consisted of six city blocks in the Capital Hill area.
  • Protesters called the zone a no-cop zone after the Seattle Police Department (SPD) boarded up and left its East Precinct building.
  • In the early hours of June 20, 2020 Lorenzo Anderson was shot. Medical personnel failed to provide life-saving assistance.
  • Lorenzo Anderson bled for approximately 20 minutes before a bystander transported him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. It is unclear when or where he actually died.
  • The father; Horace Anderson was not notified by authorities of his son's death.
  • The father; Horace Anderson was not allowed to see and identify the body of his son Lorenzo for approximately a week.
  • Capital Hill Occupied Protest; "Chop Zone" was dismantled on July 1, 2020. (approximately two weeks after Lorenzo's death).
  • After Lorenzo's tragic death and prior to dismantling the area other shootings and deaths occurred.
  • The City of Seattle had knowledge of the chaos, dangerous and unacceptable situation the Chop Zone created.
  • The protests sparked by George Floyd's death have continued and now the country is torn between those that want to DEFUND the police and those that want to DEFEND the police.

According to attorney Evan M. Oshan; Horace Anderson has launched a petition in honor of his late son named "Bridge the Gap". The goal is to bridge the gap between those who want to DEFUND the police and those who want to DEFEND the police. Bridge the Gap will be composed of law-abiding citizens of the community who will work with law enforcement to establish neighborhood watch and safe zones.

Oshan goes on, "if we do not build bridges we risk falling into the abyss."
"A just society requires justice."



August 6, 2020

WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT FILED TODAY ALLEGES 2019 MASS CASUALTY FATAL FIRE IN NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY’S “DEATH TRAP” HARLEM BUILDING WAS PREDICTABLE AND PREVENTABLE

Filing follows $2.2 billion pre-suit claim against NYCHA on behalf of the six fire victims

NEW YORK CITY – Wrongful death and negligence lawsuits have been filed against the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) on behalf of four of the six Harlem “death trap” apartment building fire victims – including a mother and her four young children – alleging that the May 8, 2019 inferno was predictable and preventable, according to attorney Evan M. Oshan. The separate but related filings (Estates of Andrea Pollidore, minors B.P. and N.P, Mahmoud Ibn Talib Abdul-Rauf. v New York City Housing Authority et al., NY STATE SUPREME COURT), follow Mr. Oshan’s pre-suit claim for $2.2 billion against the “historically and institutionally inept” agency on behalf of the victims resulting from the catastrophe that shocked the city and nation.

Mr. Oshan, of Oshan & Associates, (Oshan Law) along with counsel from Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, PC, ( SM&B) and Morelli Law Firm (Morelli Law) filed complaints yesterday in New York State Supreme Court. They detail the historical failures of the NYCHA, link the alleged lethal lapses to the actual cause of the early morning two-bedroom unit fire, requests a jury trial, and calls for unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. The attorneys filed on behalf of the estate administrators for Andrea Pollidore, 45, her minor daughters B.P., 6, and N.P., 11, and Jamilla Abdullah, mother of Mahmoud Ibn Talib Abdul-Rauf, 33, a family friend who was visiting the Pollidores in apartment 5-G of the Frederick E. Samuels Apartment along West 142nd St. at Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. Mrs. Pollidore’s two young sons were also killed in the fire.

“This complaint is the next major step on the path to justice for the victims of a devastating fire in a death trap apartment that we now know was clearly predictable and easily preventable if only the defendants had properly done their jobs and maintained the building,” said Mr. Oshan.
As alleged, the victims would unquestionably be alive today if the NYCHA defendants and their employees, not engaged in a long and well documented pattern of intentional and grossly negligent conduct that constituted reckless indifference to the tenants they were entrusted to safely shelter and protect.”

The defendants, asserts the complaints, “intentionally ignored the risk to life and limb associated with inadequately equipped and maintained fire detection and suppression systems in the Frederick E. Samuels Houses, including in Apartment 5-G.” Specifically, it is alleged, among the dozens of design, maintenance and operations shortcomings, the failure to:
• Monitor and/or maintain and/or service the fire alarms and smoke detectors in the hallways.
• Install adequate fire alarms and smoke detectors in the building, and in the apartment, in compliance with New York City Administrative Code § 27-980;
• Install sprinklers or other fire suppression systems in the unit and throughout the building.
Mr. Oshan added, “We look forward to all the facts in this case coming to light at trial, and to holding those responsible fully accountable for their actions. It is clear and we will demonstrate that the loving mother of those four precious children was in no way connected to the cause of the fire. Her family and Mr. Abdul-Rauf, their close friend who helped with child care due to her work schedule as a health care worker, were asleep, helplessly trapped in the burning fifth-floor apartment that had steel bars on the windows and no sprinklers.”

Robert J. Mongeluzzi, of SM&B, whose firm represents the estates minors B.P. and N.P. stated, “Fire safety requires three major elements- fire suppression, fire warning and easy emergency escape . The defendants utterly failed on all three counts- no sprinklers, no wired in smoke detectors and virtually inaccessible fire escapes. The defendants struck out on all three - and these victims paid with their lives.” Andrew R. Duffy and Jeffrey P. Goodman, partners at SM&B, are Mr. Mongeluzzi’s co-counsel.

Benedict P. Morelli, who filed on behalf of the estate of Mrs. Pollidore, said the victims estates are hoping the end result of the litigation benefits the hundreds of thousands of other vulnerable New Yorkers living in NYCHA units. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York’s investigation well before this tragedy of NYCHA infamously identified – leading to a record $2 billion Federal court settlement that was supposed to result in sweeping reform at the NYCHA - a culture where “accountability does not exist,” he noted. “We aim to finally expose and shatter in court that culture so no resident in a NYCHA building has to worry when they go to bed if their fire alarms and smoke detectors are in working order, and if they sound will they be able to quickly escape to safety.” Mr. Morelli’s co-counsel in his firm is David T. Sirotkin.

Note: In accordance with COVID-19 safety guidance, interviews with plaintiff’s counsel will be conducted online. There will be no interviews with family members at this time and they respectfully request their privacy be honored.

Contacts:
Evan M. Oshan/ Evan@oshanandassociates.com / 206.335.3880

Benedict P. Morelli / bmorelli@morellilaw.com / 212.751.9800

Robert J. Mongeluzzi / rmongeluzzi@smbb.com / 215.850.6571

Steph Rosenfeld / steph@idadvisors.com / 215.5144101


Family that lost six blames city's 'neglect' | Tragic fire will spur $2.2B suit - New York Post

June 17, 2019

"Relatives of the Harlem mom who died with four of her children when fire tore through their death-trap NYCHA apartment last month plan to sue the city for $2.2 billion.

It's hard to to put a dollar value on the loss of human life, but the $2.2 billion, we feel, is appropriate in light of the current situation," said lawyer Evan Oshan."