Mr. Zinger was lead trial counsel in the case of Natkin v. Oprah Winfrey, in which two Chicago area photographers, Paul Natkin and Stephen Green, sued Oprah Winfrey in Federal Court for copyright infringement and the rights to a collection of some 60,000 photographs detailing the history of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
In the case, Zinger won what the Federal Judge presiding over the case referred to as a “landmark victory for the rights of photographic artists in America.” The photographers won the rights to all of the contested property in a published summary judgment decision; the remainder of the case was favorably settled several days into the jury trial in the Federal District Court in Chicago.
In March of 2012, Elliot Zinger won a not guilty verdict in Federal Court for his client Jessie Daniels. In the case of United States of America v. Jessie Daniels, Mr. Zinger’s client was one of two union officials charged…. Mr. Daniels was one of two union officials charged with Conspiracy and Embezzlement (of union funds) for their own personal gain.
It is estimated that the Federal government has a success rate of over 95% in criminal cases, making the complete defense victory even more rewarding. The case was tried before a jury in South Bend, Indiana.
In December of 2012, Mr. Zinger's client, Hyung Seouk (Henry) Koh was found not guilty of murder charges after a three week jury trial in Skokie, Illinois. In the case of People of the State of Illinois v. Hyung Seouk Koh, Mr. Zinger’s client was accused of killing his son… Mr. Koh was accused of killing his son, Paul Koh, who was found stabbed to death in the Koh family residence in Northbrook, Illinois.
The defense argued that Mr. Koh's confession was the product of police coercion and that despite the multiple stab wounds found on Paul Koh's body, the most likely explanation for his cause of death was suicide.
The legal issue developed solely by Mr. Zinger in the infamous murder case of The People of the State of Illinois v. Patricia Columbo was the only argument ultimately raised before the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Columbo and her boyfriend were convicted in one of the most highly publicized murder cases in Illinois history after her parents and younger brother were found slain in the Columbo family home in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
Elliot Zinger was lead defense counsel in the murder case lodged against Robert Tucker, one of several youths indicted in what has come to be known as the “Vigilante Mob Murders,” after two men were killed by an angry mob in the Lake Park area of Chicago after running over and killing an young woman. The case, which received national attention, was originally a possible death penalty case, but resulted in none of the defendants ever being convicted of the first-degree murder charges.
Elliot Zinger was also lead trial counsel for David Moore, a murder trial involving the shooting of a by-stander at the opening of the movie “Juice,” which was the subject of national attention due to the claim that gang shootings were inspired by that genre of film-making. .
Elliot Zinger won a Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity in the murder trial of his client, Johnny Grant, in Maybrook, Illinois.
In January of 2013, Mr. Zinger won on behalf of his client a not guilty verdict on the charge aggravated sexual assault of a minor following a two-day bench trial at the Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie.
The charge stemmed from an alleged 2008 incident in which the Defendant was accused of sexually assaulting the then-15-year-old daughter of a woman he was dating. The case was dismissed at the close of the State's case after both the claimed victim and her mother were severely impeached by Mr. Zinger's cross examination and argument that the charges were brought in an attempt to extort millions of dollars from his client.
In the sexual assault trial of State v. Schott, Mr. Zinger’s scathing cross examination of the minor victim was repeatedly cited by the Appellate Court's published decision and led to the defendant’s eventual acquittal.
Mr. Zinger has had a long history as an in court advocate and out of court activist in the fight against police brutality and the obtaining of false confessions from his clients. In fact, in his very first jury trial, Mr. Zinger won an acquittal for his client, Lee Lewis, at 26th and California, despite evidence of a handwritten signed confession. Zinger successfully argued that the police concocted the story and convinced the victim to pick his client out of a suggestive lineup.
Mr. Zinger successfully defended his client, Raymond Hughes, after he punched and knocked to the floor a Chicago Police Officer at a local tavern. After the acquittal, Mr. Zinger sued the police officer in Federal Court and won a $410,000.00 jury verdict for police brutality based on the retaliation of the officer in the Belmont and Western police station.
Mr. Zinger won an acquittal in the case of People of the State of Illinois v. Wallace Bradley, who was charged with Criminal Trespass to Vehicle after being stopped by the Chicago Police in a overdue and damaged Avis Rent a Car.
Following the criminal case, Mr. Zinger sued Avis in Federal Court for negligently placing the vehicle on the "hot sheets" and won a $120,000.00 jury verdict for his client. Mr. Zinger is currently representing numerous victims of police torture and systematic abuse stemming from the Jon Burge era where forced confessions were obtained regularly at Area 2 and Area 3 in Chicago.
Many of such torture victims have spent in excess of 20 years in the penitentiary based upon illegally obtained "false confessions."
Mr. Zinger won a verdict of $1,875,000.00 against Farmer’s Insurance Company on behalf of his client, a board certified psychiatrist, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in an a low impact automobile accident.
Elliot Zinger settled another brain injury case in mediation, In Re the Robbins ERISA Litigation, for $1,115,000.00, on behalf of his client, a board certified anesthesiologist who suffered disabling cognitive injuries as a result of medication she was taking to combat the Hepatitis C virus.
Our firm also obtained a settlement of $1,250,000.00 million dollars in the case of Robinson v. Chicago Housing Authority on behalf of a minor who sustained a brain injury after being struck by a board in her apartment.
Elliot Zinger won a wrongful death claim, Lou v D&R Management, against an area nightclub for over $500,000.00, after the club security personnel removed our client from the club rather than immediately calling 911 for medical assistance after several other prestigious local firms rejected the case.