• Hazing

School and Fraternity Hazing Law

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 employed skilled lawyers to shield them from legal responsibility for hazing, rape, binge drinking, automobile accidents, premises liability and other wrongdoing, preventing countless victims from achieving justice. For over 20 years, we have reversed this injustice. We have forced numerous national fraternities, local chapters, and fraternity members to pay millions of dollars in compensation to our clients.

No other firm comes close to matching the success we have obtained against fraternities across the country for victims of fraternity hazing, sexual assault, and other fraternity and school misconduct. We know the playbook, defenses and roadblocks fraternities, fraternity chapters, and fraternity lawyers use to prevent victims from obtaining justice. Our expertise has proven better, time after time, and state after state. 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. That work continues, on behalf and in honor of the first family we represented (circa 1993) and for every one thereafter. We know this to be true.


Our Lawyers have held fraternities, fraternity chapters, fraternity members and schools accountable to hazing victims in court for more than 20 years.

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Giving our Clients a Voice:

"Thank you for taking our case and fighting for our child's rights. For being her voice when she had no one to speak for her."

USA Today

"...Surviving victims and families of the dead will receive a settlement valued at more than $11 million total in cash, health benefits and other assistance, attorneys Peter Grenier and Douglas Fierberg said in a statement Thursday."

Responsible organizations do not manage risk "upside down," ceding control over health and safety issues to the youngest, least-experienced, and often impaired persons. Universities must require that Greek housing be managed within the department of housing, placing university-trained advisers within the chapter, or requiring fraternities to have a live-in adult house manager unaffiliated with the fraternity.

  • Our Ethic

    Our Ethic

    More than 20 years ago, Doug Fierberg was the first lawyer to exclusively represent victims of school violence nationwide. As his legal team has grown, we have always believed that giving back is essential. Thus, our lawyers – for no fee - have compelled wrongdoers to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation to non-profit organizations whose missions are to eliminate hazing, sexual assault, binge drinking, and other violence from schools.

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  • Fraternity Victims

    Fraternity Victims

    "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." - Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic

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  • School Rape

    School Rape

    The litigation experience of Doug Fierberg paired with the national Title IX movement expertise of Cari Simon make us uniquely effective advocates for people who have suffered rape or sexual assault in schools and universities.

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  • Trial Attorneys

    Trial Attorneys

    Federal and state courts across the country have admitted Mr. Fierberg to practice before them to serve as lead trial counsel for wrongful death, hazing, sexual assault and catastrophic personal injury cases, including cases filed in Alabama, Arizona, California, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana, Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Ohio.

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  • Litigation

    Litigation

    Litigation across the country holding national fraternities, chapters and their members responsible for hazing in the highest profile death and injury cases. Millions in recoveries.
  • Wrongful Death

    Wrongful Death

    High profile wrongful death litigation holding universities responsible for hazing death cases and other traumatic injuries (including rape).
  • Fraternities

    Fraternities

    Causing fraternities to change policies and disclose incidents of injury and death in order to inform the public and protect others.
  • Matt's Law

    Matt's Law

    Assisting in the creation of legislation to hold fraternities and their members responsible for the injury and death they cause (Matt’s Law, CA).

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Our clients have traveled paths that may be similar to the one you are presently on. They have valuable insights they are willing to share (including, of course, regarding our work). Many clients have become strong advocates, as a matter of necessity. Please feel free to inquire about this, and, where appropriate, we will gladly connect you to them, as they too are committed to offering their help and unique insight.

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