February 15, 2023
The Daily Journal has included Guardianship of Saul H. in its Top Verdicts 2022 list. The publication spotlights California's largest and most significant verdicts and appellate reversals in 2022.
The superior court and Court of Appeal had denied to Horvitz & Levy's client—a 16-year-old who fled gang violence in his native El Salvador and traveled alone to the United States—the state court findings necessary for him to apply to the federal government for protection under the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status created by Congress. Horvitz & Levy successfully petitioned to have the California Supreme Court hear the case. (The court grants less than five percent of petitions for review in civil cases.) The firm then successfully briefed and argued the case in the Supreme Court, which reversed and ordered the superior court to make the necessary findings.
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