However the case of Joseph Heard is classified, there’s no question that Goodwin Procter lawyers did important work for him. Deaf and mute, Heard, 46, suffered for nearly two years in a D.C. jail, trying to tell officers he was not guilty of any wrongdoing. He scrawled the word “innocent” on a scrap of paper and communicated to another inmate that his jailing was a mistake.

But his pleas were ignored or laughed at. Now, due to the efforts of Goodwin Procter, Heard has collected $1.7 million in compensation for his unlawful detention, and the law firm is seeking reimbursement of its fees and expenses.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]