Hazing Injury & Death

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“Fierberg is a man of obvious and deep intelligence, comfortable—in the way of alpha-male litigators—with sharply correcting a fuzzy thought; with using obscenities; with speaking derisively, even contemptuously, of opponents. He is also the man I would run to as though my hair were on fire if I ever found myself in a legal battle with a fraternity, and so should you. I have not spoken with anyone outside of the fraternity system who possesses a deeper understanding of its inner workings; its closely guarded procedures and money trails; and the legal theories it has developed over the past three decades to protect itself, often very successfully, from lawsuits.”Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic


We are the National Leader in Fraternity Hazing & Sexual Violence Cases.

Since 1993, The Fierberg National Law Group has fought for those injured or killed as a result of dangerous misconduct in fraternities.  On behalf of our clients we have:

  • Obtained millions of dollars in compensation for our clients from numerous national fraternities, local chapters, fraternity members, and universities.
  • Pushed universities and fraternities to reform.
  • Established legal precedent and legislation to help other victims and families.
  • Compelled universities and fraternities to publish the truth about the nature and extent of the dangers facing students, women, and the campus community.
  • Forced fraternities to fund independent non-profits established by our clients to educate the public and to protect students and families.

Our lawyers have held fraternities, fraternity chapters, fraternity members and schools accountable to hazing victims in state and federal courts across the country, facts readily confirmed by publicly available information in the media, court records, and other sources.  The work continues, on behalf and in honor of the first family we represented in 1993, and for every single one thereafter. We know this to be true.


We Fight for Survivors, Victims, & Their Families.

The statistics confirming the unprecedented risks of fraternities and fraternity hazing are staggering. At least one student has died from fraternity hazing every year since 1970.

The Arizona Supreme Court has held: “We are hard-pressed to find a setting where the risk of an alcohol-related injury is more likely than from underage drinking at a university fraternity party the first week of the new college year.” By the late 1980s, “fraternities and sororities were ranked by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as the sixth-worst risk for insurance companies — just behind hazardous-waste-disposal companies.”

Despite these risks, for decades, fraternities have refused to make changes necessary to render their activities safe.  Instead, they use their stable of lawyers (headquartered in California and Texas) to shield them from legal responsibility for hazing, sexual assault and rape, binge drinking, automobile accidents, premises liability, and other misconduct, preventing countless victims from achieving justice.  In many circumstances, their lawyers have prevailed in cases against the very same fraternities that we have defeated in court.  Hence, we strongly encourage families to search for and retain qualified attorneys when pursuing claims against a university or Greek organization:  The stakes are too high to do otherwise.  Many of our clients are willing to discuss these issues with you directly because they have traveled this path, learned so much about his industry and the law, and will forever work to change this dangerous industry and save lives.  They are happy for us to put you in touch with them.

If you or your child has been the victim of fraternity hazing, it’s important for you to know that you are not alone. The legal team at The Fierberg National Law Group has been representing victims throughout the United States.


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Simply put, no other firm comes close to matching the success we have obtained for our clients all over the United States.


Scroll down to view some of our cases that we’ve fought to achieve justice for victims of fraternity hazing.

| TFNLG Cases Hazing Injury & Death

Bailey, Estate of Gordon Lynn vs. Chi Psi Fraternity and Individual Defendants

Colorado District Court, Boulder County, Case No. 2006CV424

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Beletsis, Estate of Alexander vs. Theta Chi Fraternity and Individual Defendants

Superior Court of California, County of Santa Cruz, Case No. 19CV03287

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Bennett, Terrance vs. Tau Kappa Epsilon, et al

Year after year, TKE's flawed oversight allowed dangerous hazing practices, such as what Terrance Bennett endured, to go on. We sought justice and won a confidential amount for Mr. Bennett.

For decades, TKE, like most fraternities in the Greek industry, willfully, wantonly, and consciously disregarded known dangers and refused to make meaningful changes to its flawed risk-management policies and practices. As a result, Bennett, like many others, became another victim of frat hazing - suffering “severe and life-altering” physical, emotional, social and educational damages.

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Braham, Estate of Marquise vs. Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Dauphin County, Case No. 2016CV4288

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Carrington, Estate of Matthew vs. Chi Tau, et al.

We advised the family about necessary legislative changes and Matt’s Mom, Debbie Smith, convinced the California Legislature and Governor Schwarzenegger to enact “Matt’s Law.”

Superior Court of California, County of Butte, Case No. 134286

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Castro, Estate of Bea Angelika Macabasco vs. Chi Sigma Phi Sorority, et al

Superior Court of California, County of Orange, Case No. 30-2019-01114386

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Desdunes, Estate of George vs. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Individual Defendants

Established precedent in New York and obtained a confidential multi-million dollar settlement.

New York Supreme Court, Kings County, Index No. 500460/2011

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DeVercelly, Estate of Gary, Jr. vs. Rider University, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and Individual Defendants

The settlement had two primary components, one of which is confidential, the other includes fundamental, ground-breaking changes at Rider University.

New Jersey Superior Court, Mercer County, Law Division, Docket No. MER-L-003199-07

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Dhanens, Estate of Philip vs. Theta Chi Fraternity and Individual Defendants

California Superior Court, Fresno County, Case No. 13 CEGG 00801

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Domingo, Estate of Noah vs. Individual Defendants

Superior Court of California, County of Orange, Case No. 30-2020-01174879

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Griffin, Estate of Brett vs. Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity and Individual Defendants

University of Delaware freshman Brett Griffin died on Nov. 8, 2008, of alcohol poisoning after he drank heavily at the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity's "Big Brother" party.

Delaware Superior Court, New Castle County, C.A. No. 09C-04-067-JAP

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Gruver, Estate of Maxwell vs. Louisiana State University, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and Individual Defendants

United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, Case No. 3:18 CV 00772-SDD-EWD

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Higuchi, Estate of Ross vs. Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity and Individual Defendants

Colorado District Court, Boulder County, Case No. 2012CV2380

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Liu, Estate of Chun “Michael” Deng vs. Pi Delta Psi Fraternity and Individual Defendants

Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Monroe County, Case No. 3028CV2015

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Martinez, Estate of Samuel H. vs. Washington State University, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and Individual Defendants

Superior Court of the State of Washington, Kings County, Case No. 20-2-11998-9 SEA

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Mason, Estate of Samuel vs. Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and Individual Defendants

Virginia Circuit Court, Fairfax County, Case No. 2012-04085

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Partamian, Estate of Arman vs. The “PIGS” Fraternity and Individual Defendants

New York Supreme Court, Queens County, Index No. 26069/09

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Starkey, Estate of Carson vs. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Individual Defendants

The substantial monetary portion of the settlement is confidential, yet was used by the family to start Aware Awake Alive, a non-profit which, in part, educates about the risks of hazing nationwide.

California Superior Court, San Luis Obispo County, Case No. CV 09 0534

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Stirling, Estate of Terry vs. Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity Inc,. et al

Freshman Terry Stirling choked on his vomit after big brother/little brother night at the Alpha Tau Omega house at Old Dominion University.

Circuit Court of Norfolk County, Virginia, At Law No. 01-1762

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Wiant, Estate of Collin Lewis vs. Sigma Pi Fraternity and Individual Defendants

Ohio Court of Common Pleas, Athens County, Case No. 19CI0043

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