Although his history is in civil rights, John Burris is a lawyer who now specializes almost entirely in high profile police misconduct cases.


His clients include the plaintiffs in the Riders case which led to the negotiated settlement agreement, Rodney King (although that led to troubles), Tupac, Torry Smith, Barry Bonds, Chau VanFrenswa Raynor (the boy shot on April 4th), Jose Luis Buenrostro, the family of Oscar Grant, the family of Alan Blueford, the health claims from the Richmond Chevron refinery fire in August, 2012,




  1. John Burris website
  2. Berton, Justin. "John Burris powers Oakland police reforms." Sep 17, 2012. 
  3. "Attorney John Burris' and Oakland Tribune's Latest Attack on OPD Goes Too Far." Oakland Residents for Peaceful Neighborhoods: Mar 15, 2013.
  4. "Interview with John Burris." Frontline: undated.
  5. "Innocent teen shot in face by police retains civil rights attorney." KTVU: April 15, 2013.