DiCello Levitt Files Lawsuit Against Jefferson Parish Sheriff and Several Deputies for the Excessive Force and Shooting Death of Calvin Cains While Sitting in His Car Without Posing Any Threat

May 31, 2024

Nationally renowned attorney Bobby DiCello and family members to speak out against the systemic use of excessive police force

NEW ORLEANS—Media Advisory


A press conference to announce the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of Mallory Woodfork against the Jefferson Parish Sherrif Joseph P. Lopinto, III, and several of his deputies for killing Calvin Cains, III, by using excessive and unreasonable force. On June 6, 2023, Mr. Cains, an unarmed Black man, was shot in the head by police only moments after sitting down in the driver’s seat of his car without posing any threat to the police.

“The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects United States citizens from unreasonable searches and excessive force during the arrest of an unarmed citizen. The Jefferson Parish Police Department has a tragic track record of using excessive force against Black and Brown men. It’s a systemic issue that must stop now. Mr. Cains leaves behind a loving family, including his mother and a six-year-old brother. We ask the police department to immediately release bodycam video of the June 6 incident,” Bobby DiCello, attorney for the Cains family said.


June 3, 2024, at 12 p.m. CT


Café Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117


Bobby DiCello, attorney for the family of Calvin Cains

Mallory Woodfork, mother of Calvin Cains

A live stream of the event may be viewed here.

About Bobby DiCello

Bobby DiCello, a nationally renowned trial lawyer who has earned multimillion-dollar verdicts, devotes himself to gaining justice for people whose lives have been destroyed by the powerful and the reckless. He is currently representing the Akron family of Jayland Walker who was killed by police officers from the City of Akron, and the Canton families of James Williams, and Zachary Fornash who were killed by police officers from the City of Canton. A former prosecutor, Bobby champions systemic change and is a pioneer in trial science. His accomplishments in the courtroom have been recognized by outlets such as ABC News, for whom he provided ongoing, real-time analysis on the landmark civil rights trial in its series, The Death of George Floyd – Derek Chauvin on Trial. In 2021, Public Justice, a national legal advocacy organization, recognized Bobby with its prestigious Trial Lawyers of the Year award for his work on the landmark Black v. Hicks case. Mr. Arnold Black was a victim of appalling brutality and corruption in the City of East Cleveland, Ohio. Bobby tried Black’s case to a jury that awarded a record $50 million—a verdict sustained by the U.S. Supreme Court.

About DiCello Levitt  

At DiCello Levitt, we’re dedicated to achieving justice for our clients through civil and human rights, class action, business-to-business, public client, whistleblower, personal injury, and mass tort litigation. Our lawyers are highly respected for their ability to litigate and win cases—whether by trial, settlement, or otherwise—for people who have suffered harm, global corporations that have sustained significant economic losses, and public clients seeking to protect their citizens’ rights and interests. Every day, we put our reputations—and our capital—on the line for our clients.

DiCello Levitt has achieved top recognition as 2023 Plaintiffs Firm of the Year and 2023 Trial Innovation Firm of the Year by the National Law Journal, in addition to its top-tier Chambers and Benchmark ratings. For more information about the firm, including recent trial victories and case resolutions, please visit www.dicellolevitt.com.

Media Contact

Christine Schiffner: (703) 862-5202 or cschiffner@dicellolevitt.com

Comments are closed.