Jennifer Petrusis is a shareholder in the Litigation Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon and she is the Assistant Chair of the Litigation Department. Ms. Petrusis concentrates on the representation and counseling of public agencies in a variety of litigation contexts including police liability, dangerous conditions of public property, civil rights, personal injury, inverse condemnation, contract disputes, indemnity, actions to recover delinquent taxes, and other public agency litigation. Ms. Petrusis' practice is primarily devoted to defending cities and peace officers in lawsuits alleging constitutional rights violations, police liability, personal injury, and other torts. Most recently, Ms. Petrusis obtained a unanimous jury verdict on behalf of the City of Brea and a Brea detective in a federal civil rights action arising out of the fatal police shooting of a suspected armed robber.
Ms. Petrusis also advises police departments on policies and procedures, opposes Pitchess Motions, and assists police departments in responding to Public Records Act requests and to subpoenas and other discovery requests. Ms. Petrusis also advises police departments regarding the Peace Officer Bill of Rights and on various employment-related matters. Ms. Petrusis also specializes in the petition process used to obtain the court's authorization to retain and destroy confiscated deadly weapons.
Ms. Petrusis has represented several cities in code enforcement matters including Rancho Palos Verdes, Temecula, Mission Viejo, Moorpark, Calimesa, and Seal Beach.
Ms. Petrusis was actively involved in obtaining an injunction on behalf of the City of Monrovia against the activities of two rival criminal street gangs. The injunction prohibits members of the two gangs from publicly congregating together, and from engaging in specified activities, within a three and one-half square mile "Safety Zone" the court designated in parts of Monrovia and adjacent unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
Ms. Petrusis obtained her law degree from UCLA Law School where she was Chief Essays Editor for the Women's Law Journal.
B.A., summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles,
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 2004