An exceedingly rare legal accomplishment, Bill Zuhdi has WON appeals in three different United States Federal Courts of Appeals, in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Bill Zuhdi has served as sole counsel in over 300 appeals for clients. The number of cases, including jury trials, Bill Zuhdi has handled in federal court and state court at the trial level, are virtually uncountable. Below listed are some but not all of Bill Zuhdi's legal accomplishments, including published opinions, reversals, trials, positive changes in the law, and sentence modifications.
Cases in the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals, United States District Courts, State Courts of Appeal and State Courts
Note about published opinions:
Publication is recorded and kept for those cases that concern important issues of law. Once recorded, these cases are binding on trial court judges. These published opinions are subsequently cited by attorneys and by other courts as authority for legal principals and precedents, and attorneys rely on these cases in providing advice to their clients. Throughout his illustrious career, Bill Zuhdi has had fifteen published opinions.
Attorneys who handle appeals that become published opinions have done more than advocate on behalf of their client. They have litigated questions of law for which there was no clear answer. These attorneys have contributed to the understanding and development of the law and have assisted the Courts of Appeal in carrying out one of its most important public functions.
Published Opinions in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit United States v. Battles, ___ F.3d ____ (10th Cir. 2014), Court found error in trial proceedings; appellate court acknowledged split decision in Circuit Courts; petition for writ of certiorari before U.S. Supreme Court.
United States v. Cardinas-Garcia, 596 F.3d 788 (10th Cir. 2010), Court MODIFIED jury verdict form to correct any confusion in future cases. CHANGE IN LAW.
United States v. Rogers, 556 F.3d 1130 (10th Cir. 2009)
United States v. Edwards, 540 F.3d 1156 (10th Cir. 2008)
United States v. Ellis, 525 F.3d 960 (10th Cir. 2008)
United States v. Chavis, 461 F.3d 1201 (10th Cir. 2006)
United States v. Sloan, 65 F.3d 861 (10th Cir. 1995)
United States v. Prince, 938 F.2d 1092 (10th Cir. 1991)
Published Opinions in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit United States v. Muyaba, ___ F.3d ___ (5th Cir. 2011)
United States v. Armijo, 602 F.3d 381 (5th Cir. 2010)
United States v. Floyd, 343 F. 3d 363 (5th Cir. 2003), REVERSED and remanded for resentencing
Published Opinions in the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
Goree v. State, 2007 OK CR 21, 163 P.3d 583, This appeal resulted in the Appellate Court ORDERING A JURY INSTRUCTION MODIFIED CHANGE IN THE LAW. OUJI CR-4-6 element instruction MODIFIED for crime of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
Matthews v. State, 2002 OK CR 16 (Okla. Crim. App. 2002)
Banks v. State, 2002 OK CR 9 (Okla. Crim. App. 2002)
Pierce v. State, 878 P.2d 569 (Okla. Crim. App. 1994)
Representative Wins by Bill Zuhdi in Notable Cases
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT REVERSAL
E. Catherine Rozario v. Kim Richards, Central District of California; Bill Zuhdi obtained a judgment against Richards; Judgment damages awarded by the district court were appealed by Bill Zuhdi to the 9th Circuit. On appeal, in the 2017 Opinion, the 9th Circuit agreed with Bill Zuhdi's appeal issue and REVERSED and REMANDED the district court judgment with instructions to the District Court to reevaluate damages. Significantly more damages were subsequently awarded by the district court.
DISTRICT COURT AND OTHER NOTABLE APPEAL WINS
United States ve. Sotela-Tena, CR-18-047. Charged with Conspiracy to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine and cociane. Penalty of 10 years minimum to Life imprisonment. Result: Bill was able to obtain a sentence of 3 years probation.
United States v. Carson, Western District of Oklahoma. CR-12-120. Charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (20 year sentence, max), yet at sentencing, Bill Zuhdi was able to obtain a sentence of five years PROBATION for Mr. Carson.
United States v. Warner, Western District of Oklahoma. Under federal felony indictment (fraud), five years' probation.
United States v. Hatch (10th Circuit) CCA No. 95-641. After Bill Zuhdi tried the case and not guilty verdicts on several counts were obtained following Ms. Hatch's federal jury trial, Bill Zuhdi appealed the remaining counts to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. On appeal, all of Ms. Hatch's convictions were REVERSED with intructions to dismiss the case.
O.Z. v. Metro Goldwyn Mayer, et al. Copyright infringement case involving the movie Stargate. Bill Zuhdi obtained an over 140 MILLION DOLLAR JUDGMENT on behalf of his client against Centropolis Film Productions. Case successfully settled. After Bill Zuhdi defeated the remainng defendants' motion for summary judgment, the other movie makers, including Le Studio Canal, settled the case.
Hurn v. State, Case No. F-1992-1196. appeal out of Oklahoma County. 20 year sentence and conviction for trafficking in cocaine base was REVERSED WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO DISMISS the entire case.
Owens v. State, Case No. F-2007-1151, appeal out of Tulsa County, OK. Conviction for first-degree felony murder and life sentence was REVERSED and REMANDED for a new trial.
West v. State, Case No. F-2005-7000, appeal out of Creek County, OK. Conviction and sentence of 45 years was REVERSED and REMANDED for a new trial.
Filion v. State, Case No.: F-1999-559, appeal out of Tulsa County, OK. Mr. Filion's felony conviction was reversed and a new trial ordered.
Bilbrey v. State. Post conviction application filed in Cleveland County. Ms. Bilbrey's post conviction application was granted by the district court and her CONVICTION was DISMISSED.
Dahl v. State, Case No.: F-2005-1282, appeal out of Oklahoma County, OK. 336 year sentence REVERSED and REMANDED for resentencing.
Morris v. State, Case No. F-1999-1374, appeal out of Stephens County, OK. Conviction for first degree rape was REVERSED WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO DISMISS.
McMannus v. State, Case No.: F-2000-912, appeal out of Muskogee County, OK. Mr. McMannus's convictions for rape in the first degree were MODIFIED.
Lathrop v. State, Case No.: F-2004-82, appeal out of Oklahoma County, OK. Counts 5,6 and 7 REVERSED with instructions to dismiss. Dissenting opinion also reversed and ordered dismissed conspiracy conviction.
Kirk v. State, Case No.: F-2001-278, appeal out of Oklahoma County, OK. Conviction for domestic abuse was REVERSED and remanded with instructions to dismiss.
Rawlins v. State, Case No.: F-2004-866, appeal out of Love County, OK. Mr. Rawlins's convictions for shooting with intent to kill were REVERSED and remanded for new trial.
Gaines v. State, Case No.: F-2005-213, appeal out of Oklahoma County, OK. Matter REMANDED to the district court with instructions to vacate the fines. Dissenting opinion to modify the sentences.
Phillips v. State, Case No. F-2005-529, appeal out of Comanche County, OK. Conviction for leaving the scene of fatality accident was affirmed but MODIFIED downward.
Long v. State, Case No. F-1989-1192, appeal out of Oklahoma County, OK. Sentence MODIFIED, reduced below the statutory minimum sentence.
State v. Lang, District Court Oklahoma County,jury trial. NOT GUILTY verdict on all counts after very short deliberation by the jury.
United States v. Fridia, ALL CHARGES DISMISSED after winning motion to suppress evidence.
State v. Alfred, District Court Tulsa County, ALL CHARGES DISMISSED after winning motion to suppress evidence.
State v. B.C;, Client charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. After successful preliminary hearing, ALL CHARGES DISMISSED.
State v. Talal, District Court Oklahoma County, obtained release after 6 months on charges of attempted murder, shooting with intent to kill, armed robbery and a subsequent attempted escape from the Oklahoma County jail.
United States v. Rollow, CCA#03-6094: Sentence REVERSED with instructions to resentence in accordance with new federal sentencing law in which Bill Zuhdi was one of the pioneering attorneys on the Sixth Amendment right to jury trial issue and change in law, and the pioneering attorney in federal cases raising the same issue. Also, this case was featured with Bill Zuhdi on ABC World News Tonight and in TheWall Street Journal. And SeeUnited States v. Floyd where Bill pioneered the leading federal case regarding the Sixth Amendment jury trial issue on judge increased sentences without jury trial, which was on file in the U.S. Supreme Court when the U.S. Supreme Court changed the law in a state case. Bill had been raising this violation of a person's Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial to United States District Courts,U.S. Court's of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court since 1989, until the United States Supreme Court finally changed the law in 2005 finding the violation of the Sixth Amendment right to jury trial.
The above are notable cases and/or examples of cases with Bill Zuhdi as lead counsel. Bill Zuhdi has many other cases, too numerous to list, successfully settled or tried to a jury or appealed to Federal and State courts of appeals.