Professionals at BNCL Law Firm


The BNCL Team

Each of us became attorneys because we wanted to serve people who are often mistreated, overlooked by the system, and otherwise do not have access to high-quality legal representation. This common purpose is what brought us together at Burris Nisenbaum Curry & Lacy. We wanted to establish a law firm specifically focused on social justice. We’ve all built our careers around fighting on behalf of everyday people against powerful adversaries. We bring decades of expertise and knowledge together to protect your civil rights.

BNCL Partners
Alt Text! John Burris Founder & Partner
Alt Text! Ben Nisenbaum Founder & Partner
Alt Text! Ayana Curry Founder & Partner
Alt Text! DeWitt M. Lacy Founder & Partner
Alt Text! Julia Quesada Associate Attorney
Alt Text! James Cook Attorney
Alt Text! K. Chike Odiwe Attorney
Alt Text! Lena Andrews Attorney
Alt Text! Chris Dean Attorney
Alt Text! Xiomara Serrano Legal Assistant / Paralegal
Alt Text! Brandon Yee Attorney
Office Staff
Alt Text! Xiomara Serrano Office Staff
Case Results

Reginald Oliver v. City of Oakland

Oakland Police keep fabricating evidence and lying about minorities to arrest and prosecute them for supposed “gang” crimes, in violation of a settlement that prohibits …

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Named plaintiff Reginald Oliver claims the Oakland PD continues violating the Constitution, in defiance of the settlement in Delphine Allen e al. v. City of Oakland, USDC No. C-00-4599 TEH, also known as "The Riders" litigation. Read Full Course
John Burris
Jane Smith v. City of Oakland

Racial profiling of Asian women by police officer resulting in a class action complaint for damages, declaratory and injunctive relief

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Finding evidence about defendant's post-conviction parole violation unfairly prejudicial "since the jury could have construed that parole violation as character evidence in violation of Federal Rule of Evidence 404(b)" Read Full Course
Rodney King
Rodney King v. City of Los Angeles

Rodney King has filed a petition for a writ of mandamus seeking to have Judge John G. Davies disqualified from presiding at the trial of …

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Rodney King waited too long to file a malpractice suit against the first of 27 lawyers who represented him in connection with the infamous beating he suffered from Los Angeles police in 1991, this district’s Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The ruling by Div. Two affirmed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ann Kough’s grant of summary judgment to Steven Lerman. King earlier this year dismissed his appeal of Kough’s ruling in favor of two other lawyers sued in the case, Federico Sayre and John Burris. Read Full Course
FEATURED News & Updates

Civil rights lawyer John Burris confronts police narratives

Written by Janie Har, AP researcher Rhonda Shafner also contributed to this report. To read on AP News click here OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Before …

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