Best Fraternity Hazing Lawyer
The Fraternity Hazing Lawyers at The Fierberg National Law Group are National Leaders in Fraternity Hazing Cases.
Doug Fierberg, Jonathon Fazzola, and the fraternity hazing lawyer team at The Fierberg National Law Group bring over 25 years of experience working with fraternal law, winning justice for victims of violence and misconduct in schools, and working with anti-hazing organizations to raise awareness and promote prevention. Even if your situation feels complicated and nuanced, and you’re questioning whether or not you should even try to seek justice, the team at The Fierberg National Law Group is highly experienced. Each fraternity hazing lawyer at The Fierberg National Law Group is on your side.
Should I Report Hazing?
Maybe you’re unsure about whether hazing has occurred. Anti-hazing organizations define hazing as any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate. The Fierberg National Law Group is committed to providing you with clarity and confidence in whether what you’ve experienced or currently are experiencing, would be considered hazing under the law.
Even when they are certain they are a victim of hazing, individuals often question “Should I report hazing?” due to feelings of shame or anxiety around the act of reporting. Victims often consider these individuals to be their friends and the organization they are a part of, their home away from home. This too is normal, and why an entire culture shift is necessary. Part of shifting that culture is having victims and their families team up with The Fierberg National Law Group, the nation’s most renowned fraternity hazing lawyer team, to hold those responsible for promoting and condoning a culture of hazing, accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
Examples of Hazing:
- Forced or required consumption of alcohol and/or drugs
- Forced to eat spicy foods and/or eat or drink toxic or other types of substances not meant for human consumption
- Endure hardships such as staying awake for long periods of time, menial tasks, physical labor, running while blindfolded, carrying sandbags or bricks in backpacks, etc.
- Humiliation (physical or mental) of new or potential members
- Isolation of new or potential members
- Beatings, paddling, “egging” or any other physical acts against new or potential members
- Sexual abuse/rape against new or potential members
- Any other illegal activities to prove worth
Impacts of Hazing:
While the media typically only reports on the most egregious forms of hazing, hazing issues plague thousands of students across the country every year. Serious physical injury and death are not the only ramifications of hazing. Some other impacts of hazing can include, but are not limited to:
- Physical, emotional, and/or mental instability
- Sleep deprivation
- A decline in grades and coursework
- Relationships with friends, significant others, and family suffer
- Post-traumatic stress syndrome
- Loss of respect and interest
- Illness or hospitalization with additional effects on family and friends
- Hazing in Fraternities and Sororities
In the 2008 National Study, 73% of students involved in social fraternities or sororities experienced behaviors meeting the definition of hazing in order to join or maintain membership in their group. The most common hazing behaviors included participating in a drinking game (53%); singing or chanting in public in a situation that is not a related event, game, or practice (31%); drinking large amounts of alcohol to the point of getting sick or passing out (26%); being awakened at night by other members (19%); and being yelled, screamed, or cursed at by other members (18%).
- Hazing in Athletics
In the 2008 National Study, 74% of students involved in varsity athletics programs experienced behaviors meeting the definition of hazing in order to join or maintain membership on their team. The most common hazing behaviors included participating in a drinking game (47%); singing or chanting in public in a situation that is not a related event, game, or practice (27%); drinking large amounts of a non-alcoholic beverage (24%); drinking large amounts of alcohol to the point of getting sick or passing out (23%); and being screamed, yelled, or cursed at by other members (21%).
Fraternal Law is Our Business.
Each of the fraternity hazing lawyers on our team has made fraternal law their life’s work because we believe that schools and universities should be where young people go to learn and grow in a safe, positive environment. We’ve been in practice for more than 25 years, and sadly we are needed more than ever.
Responsible organizations do not manage risk “upside down,” ceding control over health and safety issues to the youngest, least-experienced, and often impaired persons. Young men and women need the support of the adults around them to change hazing’s damaging and often dangerous practices and attitudes, and we are passionate about working together with you to be part of the solution.
Douglas Fierberg, Jonathon Fazzola, and The Fierberg National Law Group are committed to holding the responsible organizations and individuals accountable for their actions and behaviors, or lack thereof.
Experience Matters. Contact Our Fraternity Hazing Lawyers Today.
Our legal team has the training, experience, and confidence necessary to overcome tough legal obstacles and well-heeled lawyers. We handle fraternity hazing lawsuits in all 50 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
If we are not licensed to practice in the state where tragedy has occurred, we obtain special permission to practice and associate ourselves with qualified local trial counsel – combining local attorneys with national expertise – giving you the best legal representation.
Beyond the millions of dollars paid to our clients in compensation, we have caused fraternities and universities to reform; established legal precedent to help other victims and families; compelled fraternities to publish the truth about their misconduct and sanctions issued against them by colleges; and, forced fraternities to fund independent non-profits that use the money to educate the public and protect students and families.
There are a number of ways to connect with us to get the clarity you need. We can set up a video conference or travel to meet with you at your home. We have successfully represented a number of people who struggle to speak and/or understand English as well.