Law Office of William Most sues Rapides Parish Sheriff's office for illegal termination of deputy.

Deputy Jerry McKinney worked at the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office for twenty years. After he had a stroke, he was transferred to working twelve-hour shifts. As an accommodation, he asked to work eight-hour shifts. The sheriff's office response? "Your job description is working a 12 hour shift with offenders and if you cannot do this, my suggestion is to retire."

When McKinney declined to retire, the Sheriff fired him - five days before Christmas.

The Law Office of William Most, along with the firm of Lasky Murphy, is representing Deputy McKinney in a lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Office for wrongful termination and violation of his rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Read more about it here:

Media Describes Us as a "Prominent Civil Rights Watchdog"

In a recent story, Louisiana’s Bayou Brief described attorney William Most as follows:

Most is the owner of a small public interest law firm in New Orleans and has quickly established himself as a prominent civil rights watchdog in a state in which there is never a short supply of work. During the past four years, he has been involved in several high-profile cases, including representing Glenn Ford in two civil cases following his release from Angola.

Read the whole story - including the disclosure of Baton Rouge Police emails using the N-word - here:

Newsweek Features the Work of the Law Office of William Most

In a recent story, Newsweek featured the work of the Law Office of William Most. The magazine wrote:

A public records request has revealed 10 pages of emails in which Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officers used racist language, including the n-word, to describe constituents and their colleagues.

The records, made public Tuesday by the office of New Orleans attorney William Most, who filed the records request in conjunction with Harvard Law School, revealed two instances in which officers used the unprintable epithet back in 2014 and 2015.

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William Most and David Lanser Selected to 2020 Louisiana Rising Stars List

Attorneys William Most and David Lanser have been selected to the 2020 Louisiana Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit


Law Office of William Most Achieves Sweeping Changes of Facebook's Ad Platform to Prevent Discrimination

Two and a half years ago, the Law Office of William Most filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook. Today it settled. Facebook will be making broad changes to mitigate discrimination on its ad platform. According to the New York Times:

The changes to Facebook's advertising methods —which generate most of the company's enormous profits — are unprecedented. The social network says it will no longer allow housing, employment or credit ads that target people by age, gender or zip code. Facebook will also limit other targeting options so these ads don't exclude people on the basis of race, ethnicity and other legally protected categories in the U.S., including national origin and sexual orientation.

"That seems obvious," says Times-Picayune Editorial Board.

In a Sunday editorial, the Times-Picayune Editorial Board endorsed the Law Office of William Most’s work on overdetention, writing that:

Once you’ve served the time in prison ordered by a court, you should be released. That seems obvious. . . . [But] Louisiana isn’t abiding by that standard – and it’s not even close. . . The state of Louisiana needs to abide by the law, stop wasting taxpayer money and fix this problem.

Law Office of William Most's overdetention work subject of Times-Picayune expose.

The Law Office of William Most is fighting against an epidemic of overdetention in Louisiana, as documented today by the Times-Picayune.  As the reporters recognized, “Louisiana’s prison system and local jails, including the Orleans Justice Center, routinely keep people locked up for weeks, months, some even years, after they are supposed to be released, according to a 2017 state auditor’s report, defense attorneys and former inmates. “

Our office has filed five lawsuits against the Department of Corrections and the Orleans Sheriff for holding people past their legal release dates. We have two primary goals: (1) obtain compensation for our clients and (2) help to fix a broken system.


Law Office of William Most Wins Jury Verdict in Federal Lawsuit.

This week, the Law Office of William Most teamed up with the firm Lasky Murphy to successfully try a case to verdict in the Eastern District of Louisiana. The case, Vivian Patz v. Sureway Supermarket, involved violations of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and state landlord-tenant laws.

After three days of evidence, the jury deliberated and decided in favor of our clients, Vivian and Michael Patz. Our clients were awarded a sum of money, and the judge entered judgment in their favor. The trial was a team effort of all the lawyers at both firms - Amanda Hass, David Lanser, Kerry Murphy, Katie Lasky, and William Most. All of us congratulate Vivian and Michael on their victory!

Federal Judge Rejects New Orleans Sheriff and DOC's Attempt to Throw Out Overdetention Lawsuit

Attorney William Most was quoted in today's Times-Picayune: "Mr. Grant is fighting to hold the Sheriff and the DOC accountable for imprisoning hundreds or thousands of people past the end of their court-ordered sentences. Judge Brown's decision ensures that Mr. Grant will have his day in court."

Background: On June 27, 2016, while trying to obtain a driver’s license  Rodney Grant was arrested in Orleans Parish on a expired, fifteen-year-old charge. Three days later, he plead guilty. Judge Buras sentenced him to a one year sentence, with credit for time served for the seven years he had spent in prison for a different issue. Because his one year sentence was immediately complete, he should have walked free. 

But Mr. Grant was not released. The Orleans Sheriff has a policy of holding inmates indefinitely until they receive word from the DOC - even when they know someone should be free. The Sheriff knew Rodney Grant should be free because he received an email from his lawyer that Mr. Grant "really shouldn’t have to actually serve any time once DOC processes it.”

The Sheriff held Mr. Grant until July 12, 2016, when he handed him over to the DOC. Once the DOC took custody of him, they should have immediately released Mr. Grant. Instead, they sent him to a private prison in Tallulah, Louisiana.

When Judge Buras found out that Mr. Grant had not been released, she took action. On July 15, 2016, she called Sheriff Gusman and the private prison warden to ask why Mr. Grant had not been released. On July 18, 2016, she entirely vacated Mr. Grant's sentence. On July 25, 2016, Judge Buras called and emailed the DOC again. 

But it wasn't until July 27, 2016, that the DOC finally released Mr. Grant and gave him a bus ticket back to New Orleans. All in all, Mr. Grant had been overdetained by 27 days.

The law is clear: the Fifth Circuit has held that "There is a Clearly Established Right to Timely Release from Prison." And courts have consistently held that once a prisoner's sentence is complete, he or she must be released within a reasonable time that cannot exceed two days. 

The DOC and the Orleans Parish Sheriff, however, consistently hold people past their prison sentence. The problem is so bad that Attorney General Landry wrote in an op-ed that there “is a layer of incompetence so deep that the Corrections Department doesn’t know where a prisoner is on any given day of the week or when he should actually be released from prison.”

Accordingly, Mr. Grant filed a lawsuit against the Orleans Sheriff and members of the Department of Corrections. On August 15, 2018, Judge Brown denied defendants' requests to dismiss the case. The case will proceed against both the Sheriff and the DOC.



Law Office of William Most Files Amicus Brief in Voting Rights Case

On February 21, 2018, William Most joined with the Law Office of Eric Alan Isaacson and fourteen historians from around the country and world to file an amicus brief in the Louisiana voting rights case Voice of the Ex-Offender v. State of Louisiana. The goal of the lawsuit is to restore the vote for more than 71,000 Louisiana citizens on probation and parole. 

Read more about the lawsuit here, or read the historians' amicus brief itself here


William Most Asks "What Does it Say About Scott Wilson if he Can't Bear to Hear Three Minutes of Talk he Doesn't Like?"

From the Advocate:

William Most, the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the Baton Rouge Metro Council case, emphasized in the lawsuit that Baton Rouge has a history of suppressing speech, particularly the voices of black citizens. The suit references a 1965 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it was wrong for Baton Rouge police to arrest a peaceful protester standing on a sidewalk.

He added the Council already restricts citizens to three minutes of comments.

"What does it say about Scott Wilson if he can't bear to hear three minutes of talk he doesn't like?" Most asked.

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