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On May 31, 1921, one of the worst acts of domestic terrorism in U.S. history decimated Tulsa’s thriving, all-Black community of Greenwood, and the devastating effects of this massacre are still felt to this day. To seek justice through the legal system, Schulte has partnered with our pro bono client, Tulsan attorney and Justice for Greenwood founder Damario Solomon-Simmons, to co-counsel the groundbreaking lawsuit, Randle v. City of Tulsa et. al. Schulte, Solomon-Simmons and a team of civil and human rights lawyers represent the Massacre's only known three living survivors, as well as descendants of victims. 

Schulte is proud to be a part of this historic litigation, identified by members of the Task Force for Racial Justice Initiatives and led by the Task Force and the Pro Bono Committee.

The Schulte team is led by partner, litigation co-chair and pro bono chair Michael Swartz, special counsel for pro bono initiatives Sara Solfanelli and litigation associate and Task Force for Racial Justice Initiatives co-chair McKenzie Haynes. The team also includes individual client services partner Susan Frunzi, special counsel Annie Mehlman and associates Caitlin Fitzsimons, Victoria Harris and Hannah Zale; intellectual property, sourcing & technology special counsel Scott Kareff; insurance special counsel Theodore Keyes; litigation special counsel Randall Adams and associates Amanda Barkin, AnnaLise Bender-Brown, Abigail Coster, Brandon Faske, Angela Garcia, Ekenedilichukwu (Keni) Ukabiala and Alex Wharton and law clerk Melanie Collins; investment management special counsel Jill Guzzetti; and real estate law clerk James Koenderman.

SolomonSimmonsLaw and Schulte Roth & Zabel Send Cease-and-Desist Letter on Behalf of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Survivor Lessie Benningfield “Mother” Randle

April 14, 2021

Tulsa-based civil and human rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons of SolomonSimmonsLaw and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP have sent a cease-and-desist letter to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission on behalf of Lessie Benningfield “Mother” Randle. Solomon-Simmons, Schulte and a team of civil and human rights lawyers represent the only known survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre, 106-year-old Mother Randle, 106-year-old Viola “Mother” Fletcher and 100-year-old Hughes Van Ellis, who are still awaiting justice for Greenwood nearly a century after the brutal attack. The cease-and-desist letter is the latest legal action to help provide healing and justice to the survivors and descendants of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

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The History of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and Today’s Groundbreaking Litigation

March 2021

On May 31, 1921, one of the worst acts of domestic terrorism in U.S. history decimated Tulsa’s thriving, all-Black community of Greenwood, and the devastating effects of this massacre are still felt to this day. Today, a team of civil and human rights lawyers led by Damario Solomon-Simmons have filed a lawsuit seeking justice for the wrongs that continue to plague the Greenwood community. Schulte is proud to be a part of this historic litigation, identified and led by members of the Task Force for Racial Justice Initiatives, and hosted Mr. Solomon-Simmons for a firm-wide discussion on the history of the once prosperous historic community, the longstanding effects of the racially motivated attacks and the litigation he is leading today. The webinar was co-sponsored by the Task Force, the Pro Bono Committee and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

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City of Tulsa Sued for Withholding Race Massacre Documents

April 2021

Tulsa-based civil and human rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons of SolomonSimmonsLaw, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and a team of civil and human rights lawyers have filed a lawsuit against the City of Tulsa, The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, and the Tulsa Development Authority for denying access to specific public records related to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in violation of the Oklahoma Open Records Act. The filing is the latest legal action to help provide healing and justice to the survivors and descendants of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

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Last Known Living Survivors Added to Historic Tulsa Race Massacre Lawsuit

February 2021

In a major step forward for the historic Tulsa Race Massacre lawsuit, a 76-page amended petition has been filed in the suit. Highlights of the amended petition include the addition of Viola “Mother” Fletcher and Hughes Van Ellis, two previously-unknown living survivors of the Massacre; depositions from two of the lead plaintiffs, survivors Lessie Benningfield “Mother” Randle and Mother Fletcher; and the formal entry of appearance of several Schulte lawyers who have joined the legal team representing the plaintiffs, among other significant developments.

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How and Why Schulte Signed on to the Public Nuisance Suit Over the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

January 28, 2021

Schulte has announced that the firm has joined a legal team of civil and human rights attorneys who are suing local governments, the Oklahoma National Guard and other officials on behalf of survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, seeking to “remedy the ongoing nuisance” caused by the mob attack which leveled much of the 40-square-block Greenwood community in Tulsa, left hundreds of Black residents dead and thousands homeless. In this article, partner, litigation co-chair and pro bono chair Michael Swartz and special counsel for pro bono initiatives Sara Solfanelli discuss the significance of the case and Schulte's role in the litigation.

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Schulte Roth & Zabel Joins Historic Tulsa Race Massacre Lawsuit

January 26, 2021

Schulte Roth & Zabel is proud to announce that it has joined a team of civil and human rights lawyers led by Tulsa-based attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons of SolomonSimmonsLaw who have filed a lawsuit demanding the City of Tulsa and other defendants fix the public nuisance they caused by their destruction of Greenwood in 1921, their continuing failure to rebuild what they destroyed and their audacity in seeking to reap and, in fact, reaping benefits from their destructive acts.

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