• Legal Assistance

    Legal Assistance

    The Member of the Dallas Police Association are represented by the law firm of Lyon, Gorsky, & Gilbert, L.L.P.

    About The Firm

    The law firm of Lyon, Gorsky, & Gilbert, L.L.P. can trace its roots to the founding of the Dallas Police Association in 1959. Today, the firm is the preeminent public safety law firm in Texas, representing public employees, police and fire associations, and their members in all aspects.

    Additionally, Lyon Gorsky provides trial and appellate representation in personal injury (including wrongful death and medical negligence), criminal defense, family law, and business litigation. Lyon Gorsky has the expertise, knowledge, skill and resources to fully develop and litigate a complex case through trial to verdict.

    Bob Lyon, Bob Gorsky and Mark Gilbert have been rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent.

    Steps / Process

    Legal assistance 24 hours a day!
    Call 214.747.6839

    The lawyers can be reached by calling the DPA at 214.747.6839 anytime during the day or night when legal assistance is needed for any emergency situation or incident. If the situation or incident is not an emergency requiring an attorney at the scene, but can wait until normal business hours, you can call 214.747.6839 or 214.965.0090 for legal assistance.

    The DPA’s attorneys are available without an appointment at the DPA Building every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is recommended that you call the DPA to ensure the attorney’s are available at the building for consultation. There are instances where they might have departed to a police incident or situation.

    Our Location:
    1412 Griffin Street East
    Dallas, Texas 75215

    Legal Guidelines

    DALLAS POLICE ASSOCIATION
    GUIDELINES FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE
    AS AMENDED AND EFFECTIVE APRIL 14, 2009

    I. The Dallas Police Association, “DPA”, will provide payment for legal assistance to its membership through the law firm of Lyon, Gorsky, & Gilbert, L.L.P., 3131 McKinney Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas. If Lyon, Gorsky, & Gilbert, L.L.P. is unable to represent the member, the member may choose other approved counsel, however, the DPA will pay that counsel in accordance with its fee agreement with Lyon, Gorsky, & Gilbert, L.L.P. Legal fees and/or expenses will not be paid by the DPA on behalf of a member to any other attorney or law firm without the prior approval of the President or Vice President responsible for legal assistance, or the Board of Directors.

    The incident or incidents, which are made the basis of any legal matter, must have taken place while the member was a member of the DPA. Any obligation of the DPA to pay for legal assistance under these guidelines shall cease if, during the course of the investigation or legal action which is the basis for payment of legal costs, the member ceases to be a member for any reason, including but not limited to the member’s failure to pay dues as required by the Constitution and By-Laws of the DPA. Members who receive an involuntary termination and who are receiving DPA legal assistance under these guidelines shall not lose his/her legal assistance funding as a result of that involuntary termination.

    II. The following matters do not require a vote of the Board of Directors; however, a member must contact the President or a Vice President responsible for legal assistance in order to utilize the services of the law firm of Lyon, Gorsky, & Gilbert, L.L.P. or another law firm. In all other cases, the member must obtain the approval of the Board of Directors by a majority vote before the legal assistance will be paid by the DPA. The decision to provide legal assistance and the amount of assistance provided shall be at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors:

    1. Administrative investigations conducted by the Dallas Police Department and the City of Dallas or its appointed boards and commissions.
    2. The administrative appeal of any disciplinary action or any department action which may lead to disciplinary action.
    3. Legal defense through the date of indictment or information in criminal cases of alleged misconduct, which arise out of the performance of the member’s sworn police functions or which allege acts of misconduct during the member’s shift of duty.
    4. Legal defense through trial in the criminal prosecution of alleged acts of misconduct involving the use of force or the use of a motor vehicle arising out of the performance of the member’s sworn police functions.
    5. Up to four (4) hours of legal assistance as a result of Dallas Police Department criminal investigations involving criminal allegations that do not arise out of the performance of the member’s sworn police functions.
    6. Legal advice to a deceased member’s immediate survivors relating to benefits available under federal, state, or local law in cases resulting from the death arising out of the performance of the members sworn police functions.
    7. Worker’s compensation matters which, in the opinion of DPA legal counsel, necessitates the use of an attorney.
    8. Personnel grievances.
    9. One hour of legal advice relating to any job related matter.

     

    III. The DPA will reimburse a member for up to $5,000.00 of legal defense costs incurred in connection with criminal charges filed against a member which arise out of the member’s on-duty activities only after all charges filed have been dismissed and jeopardy has attached as defined by the jurisdiction where the case(s) were filed. Cases where deferred adjudication is granted will not be eligible for reimbursement. Only one reimbursement for each incident which results in prosecution will be made. Before reimbursement is made, all requests will be reviewed for the reasonableness of the costs to be reimbursed and the DPA reserves the right to reject all or part of the reimbursement request if it deems the amount requested to be unreasonable.

    IV. When one member sues another member “individually” or where the lawsuit seeks monetary damages that the City of Dallas cannot or will not pay under its liability plan, the DPA will not provide legal assistance for either member before the case is final and non-appealable. At that time either member, who has been a member continuously since the incident made the basis of the lawsuit, may petition the Board of Directors for legal assistance. The Board of Directors may provide legal assistance to either, both, or neither member, in equal or unequal amounts, the amount allocated, if any, to a member is within the sole discretion of the Board of Directors.

    V. Any member receiving a definite suspension issued by the Dallas Police Department of 30 days or less, may take advantage of the Family Assistance Bank and receive reimbursement of 75% of the member’s adjusted base salary. The member must submit a request for reimbursement within eight (8) working days from the date written notification of the suspension is received. A member receiving a definite suspension as a result of an incident arising out of the member’s sworn police functions shall, if requested, receive legal assistance for an appeal as allowed by these guidelines in addition to the Family Assistance Bank. A member receiving a definite suspension as a result of an incident not arising out of the member’s sworn police functions is entitled to select either reimbursement from the Family Assistance Bank or legal assistance for an appeal as allowed by these guidelines. In the case of a definite suspension as a result of an incident not arising out of the member’s sworn police function, use of the Family Assistance Bank precludes payment of any further legal expenses by the DPA in the appeal of the definite suspension.

    VI. All requests for legal assistance will be reviewed for the reasonableness of legal expenses for which the assistance is sought and the Board of Directors reserves the right to reject all or part of the assistance request if it deems the amount requested. It is not the intent of these guidelines to provide assistance where sufficient assistance has been provided by an individual or organization or other legal plan. Legal assistance may be denied or offset by sums paid by other labor organizations, legal defense funds, or individual donations from non-family members.

    VII. The DPA does not employ the attorneys who provide legal pursuant to these guidelines and does not undertake responsibility for the services performed by the attorneys or the result obtained. The attorneys are independent contractors.

    LEGAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY BY CALLING 214.747.6839