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HB 277 Passed in the Delaware House of Representatives

On May 18, the Delaware House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of HB 277, a bill that increases access to justice to children sexually abused by public school employees. President of the Delaware Trial Lawyers’ Association Raeann Warner was joined by other members and clients to support the bill’s primary sponsor Rep. Sean Lynn, who successfully shepherded the bill through the House.


Thomas C. Crumplar and Raeann Warner Selected to 2022 Delaware Super Lawyers List

Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. is pleased to announce that Thomas C. Crumplar and Raeann Warner have been named on the 2022 Delaware Super Lawyers list.

Thomas C. Crumplar, co-founder of the firm, is a seasoned attorney who advocates for plaintiffs in various personal injury matters. After briefly working for a corporate and defense law firm in Kentucky, he decided to focus his career on representing the “underdog.” In 1988, Tom obtained the second highest jury verdict in U.S. history in an asbestos case that reached $75 million. In 2010, he obtained the largest award in U.S. history in a sex abuse case, over $30 million, against an individual church. This is the fourth year in a row that Tom has been selected to the Super Lawyers list.

Tom earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, where he developed the university’s patent policy which related to projects completed by the scientists at the university. He authored numerous law review articles and was a speaker at national conferences as a law student before graduating in 1975. In 1981, he co-founded Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Tom is a member of Delaware and New Jersey bar associations, the American Association for Justice, and the National Crime Victim’s Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in Delaware.

Raeann Warner, director of the firm, has represented plaintiffs in childhood sex abuse and employment cases for over 15 years. At the firm, she also handles complex personal injury and toxic tort cases. She was named on Delaware Today’s Top Attorneys list in 2017 and 2019 to 2021. She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

Raeann received her Juris Doctor and graduated cum laude from Widener University School of Law in 2006. Raeann is the President of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and is on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice. Raeann was selected to the Delaware Rising Stars list in 2012 to 2021 before being named on the Super Lawyers list this year.

Super Lawyers uses a multi-phase selection process that involves a combination of peer recognition, professional achievements, and independent research. Starting with the nomination from a colleague, Super Lawyers highlights selected attorneys on a state-by-state basis in over 70 different practice areas. Evaluations include courtroom performance, pro bono work, and other professional honors and awards.

Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. is a full-service law firm that is based in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware. For help with a legal matter, call 302-656-5445 or complete an online form to schedule a free consultation.

Potential Civil Rights Lawsuit for Stopped HBCU Athlete Bus

The Delaware State University’s women’s lacrosse team may be able to file a civil rights lawsuit as a result of their bus being stopped and searched last month. Attorney Raeann Warner of Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. weighed in on the legal issues at hand and potential claims the HBCU athletes could set forth. To read Raeann’s comments, access the Delaware Law Weekly article here.

Jacobs & Crumplar Attorney: Schools Should Be Held Accountable for Employees Who Abuse Children

An article co-authored by Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. attorney Raeann Warner appeared on Delaware Online this week, responding to an April 6th article about the difficulty of bringing child groomers to justice when the abusers are on school faculty. Warner’s co-authored piece proposes a solution to help child sexual abuse survivors receive financial resources for the mental treatment they need after being targeted by groomers by holding the employing institutions of the abusers accountable as outlined in Delaware HB 277.

Read the article here on Delaware online.

Thomas Crumplar has Filed Religious Freedom Lawsuit with The Neuberger Firm

Thomas Crumplar has filed a lawsuit with The Neuberger Firm concerning the protection of religious freedom, you can read the press release here.

To read more about the filing of the lawsuit, please consult the articles below:


Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Wilmington Police Officer Patrolman Samuel Waters

Read the full release accounting the filing of a Civil Lawsuit against Wilmington Police Officer Patrolman Samuel Waters.

Excessive Force Shown on Video Leads to Calls for Arrest of Wilmington Officer

The September 21, 2021 arrest of Dwayne Brown at a store in Wilmington was caught on video, and that clip, now viral, has brought fury against the arresting officer, including calls by civil rights groups for his arrest.

In the moments before the 44-year-old man’s arrest, spurred reportedly because of complaints that he made sexually harassing statements to workers at a child care center near the store, Brown is first seen on surveillance camera entering the store holding the door open for a man on crutches, then is seen speaking to someone. Brown is then grabbed by the wrist by the as-yet unnamed Wilmington police officer and body-slammed into a plexiglass wall. The video then shows the arresting officer following up the body slam by grabbing Brown’s head and smacking it into the plexiglass wall, twice. Then both men disappear from view in the 52-second video clip.

Attorneys Thomas C. Crumplar and Raeann Warner of Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. are representing Brown in this civil rights case.

Following the September 21 arrest, Brown was charged with two counts of harassment, resisting arrest, breach of release, and possession of marijuana. He was released on $4,100 unsecured bail.

The violent arrest has inspired civil rights activists to call for the officer’s arrest, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) asked for the resignation of Wilmington Police Chief Robert J. Tracy and a federal investigation of the police department.

At the October 4 rally in support of Brown, Thomas Crumplar pointed out that the arrest occurred six years after his former client Jeremy McDole was fatally shot by four Wilmington police officers.

As part of the settlement the city promised to continually review and update their training procedures, Crumplar noted at the rally.

“That means that this officer became a police officer while the city of Wilmington was supposedly having a new, state-of-the-art training to de-escalate,” Crumplar said at the widely televised protest. “But instead, we saw an officer in the video that reminds us of somebody 100 years ago, like Bull Connor in Birmingham, Alabama.”

Bull Connor was an Alabama politician who strongly opposed the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. As Birmingham’s Commissioner of Public Safety, Connor famously ordered the police to stay away in April 1963 as civil rights leader Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Council headed into Birmingham on the Freedom Rides and were attacked by waiting hordes of Klu Klux Klansmen. Connor also ordered police dogs released and fire hoses directed at children who were protesting in Birmingham on May 2, 1963, leading to the arrests of over 1,200 children, and the arrests of 3,000 more protesters the following day. Connor’s brutal tactics are credited with focusing national attention on desegregation efforts.

The Wilmington Fraternal Order of Police and Mayor Michael S. Purzycki’s office both issued statements saying that they would withhold comment until the investigation into the incident is complete.

The Dwayne Brown matter is another in a long line of cases where Jacobs and Crumplar have represented clients who have been injured by excessive force and unlawful actions of security personnel ranging from private security, bar bouncers, correctional officers, and various police forces. Besides the Brown case, Jacobs & Crumplar’s attorneys are currently handling two other cases of excessive force by Police Officers.  Raeann Warner and Patrick Gallagher are representing the Estate of Kelly Rooks as well as Geraldine Rooks for claims of assault, battery, and excessive force by a Delaware State Police officer.  Patrick Gallagher and Alexis Stombaugh, along with co-counsel, are representing Mark Taylor for claims of, among other things, excessive force against Gregory Lynch, Jr., of Milford and the Town of Dewey Beach.

At Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A., we help clients facing a variety of legal issues. If you need help with a legal matter, call 302-600-1935 or complete an online form to schedule a free consultation. Our offices are located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, and we serve clients throughout Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.


Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Lawyers Recognized by Delaware Today Magazine

The legal team at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. is proud to announce that three of our attorneys have been named on Delaware Today’s 2021 Top Lawyers list. The publication honors attorneys from the state in multiple practice areas. The members of our legal team who have been recognized include Raeann Warner for civil rights, Patrick C. Gallagher for employment law for employees, and Nicole M. Evans for Worker’s Compensation for the employee.

Those selected to the 2021 list are nominated by their fellow lawyers who also practice in Delaware. Only lawyers barred in the state may vote, as clients, paralegals, and other legal professionals are prohibited from voting. The magazine publishes the list on an annual basis.

Along with civil rights, Raeann’s other practice areas include childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, personal injury, toxic tort, and employment discrimination. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Widener Law School and is admitted to practice law in Delaware and New Jersey. She is the current President of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, and she is on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice.

Patrick graduated magna cum laude from Elon University and cum laude from Wake Forest University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Delaware and West Virginia. In addition to employment law, his other practice areas include personal injury, medical malpractice, and civil rights. He has served on the Board for the Kent County Bar Association, the Executive Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association, as an associate member of the Delaware Supreme Court’s Board of Bar Examiners, and as a statewide co-chair for the Delaware Combined Campaign for Justice.

Nicole graduated summa cum laude from Salisbury University. She then graduated from Villanova University School of Law. Nicole’s practice areas include personal injury and Workers’ Compensation. During her time at law school, she helped raise funds to create a new building, which is now called Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Delaware, and she is a member of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association.

Congratulations to these well-esteemed members of our legal team! At Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A., we help clients facing a variety of legal issues. If you need help with a legal matter, call 302-656-5445 or complete an online form to schedule a free consultation. Our offices are located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, and we serve clients throughout Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.

Lawsuits Filed Against State Police and Trooper After Death of a 51-Year-Old Woman

Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. filed a complaint against the Delaware State Police and an unnamed trooper in federal court on behalf of the family of a 51-year-old Delaware resident who died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds following an emergency call for help at her home.

The complaints charge the police with excessive force, assault and battery, gross negligence, and wrongful death. The suit is seeking punitive damages as well as funeral expenses.

The woman, Kelly Rooks, suffered from bipolar disorder and had made several calls to state police Troop 5 in Bridgeville multiple times in the week before her death, the complaint states. On March 25, 2021, she had called for help fearing that she had been poisoned.

Rooks’ family said that the victim had been suffering from bipolar disorder since a car accident in 2015 and had severe paranoia in the week before her death. The complaint states that most of the officers approached Rooks carefully, understanding she had mental illness, and that one officer even called her psychiatrist. However, one of the officers was hostile and aggressive, and the situation escalated, resulting in the death of Rooks and a broken hip of her 78-year-old mother.

Police records are sealed in Delaware until an investigation into the use of force is completed. The lawsuit refers to the defendant as John Doe.

The complaint states that the deceased came out of her bedroom, weaponless, saying that she needed to go to the hospital. Within two minutes of the unnamed trooper’s arrival, the situation escalated. The victim’s mother walked toward her to comfort her, and the trooper pushed her to the ground, breaking her hip. That is when the now deceased ran to her room and grabbed a shotgun.

The complaint alleges that based on the angle of three shots fired through the victim’s bedroom door, the door was either closing or closed. Since it was known that the deceased was emotionally disturbed, the complaint states, the trooper should have proceeded slowly, and used a calm voice, instead of escalating the situation with reckless behavior.

After shots were fired, backup arrived at the scene. The activity lasted until after midnight. Rooks died from her wounds at 9:47 p.m.

For more information about filing a wrongful death claim or another suit, contact the legal team at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. today. Call 302-656-5445 or complete an online form for a free consultation. Our offices are located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, and we serve clients throughout Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.