Al Gerhardstein

Cincinnati, OH

Mr. Gerhardstein has recovered millions of dollars in damages for victims of police and correctional misconduct but he also seeks reforms either through injunctions or creative settlements.  Court ordered reforms include the Cincinnati Collaborative - use of force, accountability and problem solving reforms in the Cincinnati Police Department;  restoration of inmate privileges after the Lucasville riot; improved system wide prisoner health care in the Ohio prisons; and programming, education and use of force reforms system wide in the Ohio Department of Youth Services.  Other settlements result in new policies, improved training and memorials following SWAT raids, excessive force or failures to protect vulnerable citizens.

Mr. Gerhardstein is currently litigating numerous cases of excessive force involving tasers and recently conducted and published a regional study of dangerous taser policies which has triggered reforms in many jurisdictions.  Pleadings, documents and photos are on the firm website,

Mr. Gerhardstein received his B.A. from Beloit College and J.D. from New York University School of Law.  He is Founder of the Ohio Justice & Police Center, a non-profit corporation that litigates and advocates for criminal justice reform (