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We’re proud to advocate for the rights of the injured in Chicago, throughout Illinois and beyond, and some of our cases have attracted substantial media attention. Read on to see Deratany & Kosner, formerly The Deratany Firm, in the news.

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Jay Paul Deratany was interviewed by Rachel Kelso from Hubbard Radio Chicago about his advocacy within the foster care system.

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FIGHT SCENE: Attorney Jay Paul Deratany, MFA ’13, advocates for foster youth in court and on the big screen.
UCR Magazine – Summer 2021

Jay Paul Deratany Interview with Joan Esposito

Live, Local & Progressive – 6/25/21

I’m a Foster Care Attorney and a Gay Man Fostering a Child With My Husband. Here’s What SCOTUS Got Wrong Last Week
The Imprint – 6/23/21

Op-ed: Wrong decision, SCOTUS. Foster care system needs gay parents like me
Chicago Tribune – 6/22/21

Semaj Crosby lawsuit drags on four years after toddler’s death
WGN Chicago – 5/26/21

Believing in Art’s Power to Spark Awareness and Action
MSU Alumni – 5/18/21

Alumni Spotlight: Jay Paul Deratany (JD ’87); Founder, Deratany & Kosner
DePaul University Alumni Relations – 4/20/21

Opening homes and opening hearts: Adopting, supporting and advocating for Chicago’s foster children
Chicago Star – 3/25/21

The Toronto Black Film Festival Director on ‘Foster Boy’ Opening the Festival
Complex – 2/11/21

Film Inspired by Chicago Foster Care Cases to Stream on BET+
Chicago Star Media – 2/5/21

TBFF 2021 – Anger, Corruption and Justice Collide in Foster Boy
Shifter Magazine – 2/13/21

Toronto’s CTV Jay Paul Deratany

Chicago Film News Interview with the Writer/Producer of ‘Foster Boy’ Jay Paul Deratany

Wendy Parman of Chicago Film News sits down with the writer and producer of ‘Foster Boy‘ Jay Paul Deratany to talk about the film based on a true story and how the film exposes the dark side of for-profit foster care industry.

‘Foster Boy’ Premieres at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Executive Producer and foster care advocate Shaquille O’Neal joins ‘Foster Boy‘ writer Jay Paul Deratany and producers Peter Samuelson, Anne-Marie Mackay and Danny Mooney on the red carpet at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival in Los Angeles.

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Variety Op-Ed

NBA’s Shaquille O’Neal takes on plight of foster children with new film, ‘Foster Boy’

When Chicago attorney Jay Paul Deratany was asked to represent an abused foster care youth, he was unprepared for the horrific abuse he’d find rampant at private foster care agencies. Now retired NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has executive produced a film on that experience.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Lawsuit filed on behalf of five-year-old boy’s estate

The Deratany Firm has filed a lawsuit against Catholic Charities, the social services arm of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, in connection with the death of a five-year-old boy whose body was found in late 2017.

Jordan Rodriguez’ remains were discovered in the backyard of his mother’s Cleveland home in December 2017. His mother, Larissa Rodriguez, and her husband, Christopher Rodriguez, were sentenced to 25 and 28 years in prison respectively on charges of involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, child endangerment and gross abuse of a corpse.

But according to attorney Jay Paul Deratany, Catholic Charities bears responsibility as well. He said caseworker Nancy Caraballo failed to meet her responsibility of keeping tabs on the family.

“Ms. Caraballo was supposed to conduct monthly home visits, check on the children and their living conditions, and file a report,” said attorney Deratany. “But on at least 12 occasions, she failed to actually enter the home and filed false reports saying she had.”

“The conditions in the home were absolutely deplorable. When police arrived, one of the children was eating a sandwich with cockroaches inside. Meanwhile, instead of doing her job and looking out for the children, Ms. Caraballo was engaged in a scheme with Ms. Rodriguez to buy her food stamps for cash. She took advantage of her position for personal gain, and that gross negligence cost Jordan his life.”

Caraballo was released from prison in November after serving eight months of a three-year prison sentence for trafficking in food stamps, grand theft and tampering with records. However, according to Deratany, it’s Catholic Charities as an organization, not just one rogue employee, that is responsible for Jordan’s death.

“These kids are vulnerable, and the system is supposed to protect them. But there was no oversight and no accountability on the part of Catholic Charities,” said Deratany. “It’s absolutely unacceptable that one of their caseworkers filed a dozen false reports and no one noticed – or no one cared.”

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of the survivorship of Jordan Rodriguez on Tuesday, January 15 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Catholic Charities, Nancy Caraballo, Larissa Rodriguez and Christopher Rodriguez are named as defendants. In addition to The Deratany Firm, Randazzo Law is participating in the lawsuit as local counsel.

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ABC News 5 Cleveland

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Cleveland.com

Lawsuit filed on behalf of five-year-old girl who was abused and murdered

The Deratany Firm has filed a lawsuit against Cuyahoga County’s Department of Children and Family Services on behalf of the estate of a five-year-old girl who was murdered in 2017.

Ta’Naejah McCloud died after suffering severe head and brain injuries as well as burns. Prior to her death, she had been subjected to severe physical abuse and was living in a dilapidated, unsafe home. Ta’Naejah’s mother and her girlfriend have been sent to prison for her death, but according to attorney Jay Paul Deratany, the Department of Children and Family Services bears responsibility as well.

“The home was dilapidated; it should have been condemned. She was five years old. There were cockroaches; there were rats in the home, and they ignored signs of abuse going on for six months,” said Deratany. “The case worker had been there the day before and they had been there eight times in the previous month and there’s no way, shape, or form that they should not have seen the signs and symptoms of this child being abused.”

The lawsuit claims that the Department of Children and Families should have removed Ta’Naejah from the home. The firm is also investigating potential legal action against doctors, nurses and other parties who likewise should have seen the signs that Ta’Naejah was being abused.

The firm hopes the litigation will force the government to take more action to protect endangered children. “Of course we look for monetary damages, but that’s the only way to impact; it’s called impact litigation,” said attorney Deratany.

“These kids, the most vulnerable, precious kids that we have in our society, they are dependent on the system and if the system fails them, this is what happens. We end up with a young, little girl who lost her life as a result of professionals who just didn’t do their job. And I think that’s what we are striving for to make sure that we can prevent this from happening,” said attorney Roosevelt Allen.

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A Christmas Tradition For Foster Teens Was Canceled By Coronavirus. Here’s How You Can Help Them

“First Star partners with colleges like Loyola to boost foster child graduate rates by enrolling students in four-year programs starting in high school, mentoring them and preparing them for higher education. Loyola’s chapter of the First Star program was started six years ago with the help of Chicago lawyer Jay Paul Deratany.”

Block Club Chicago – 12/21/2020

Interview: Jay Paul Deratany and his legal thriller movie ‘Foster Boy’

“Jay Paul Deratany seems to do it all and then some. He’s a writer, director, and producer who also works as an attorney. Deratany now has his own law practice, but also creates thoughtful movies and stage plays to share important stories in the hopes of making a difference.”

Film Daily – 11/16/2020

BWW Review: Cady McClain’s BURNT FEATHERS, BROKEN WINGS

“Jay Paul Deratany and Youssef Delara’s feature film FOSTER BOY broke new ground with their profoundly moving drama about a young man victimized by the foster care system and a high-powered corporate attorney (superbly portrayed by Matthew Modine) who begrudgingly has been assigned to be his advocate.”

Broadway World – 10/29/2020

$18.3M payout in Crestwood well water lawsuits jeopardized following court ruling

“Some 300 current and former residents sued Burke Engineering Corp. in May 2013, alleging the firm was negligent in failing to notify residents that the well water being used was contaminated.

The firm provided monitoring and audits of the village’s water supply from 1980 until 2006, and Burke’s role came to light during the discovery phase of the initial lawsuits filed against the village in 2009, according to Jay Paul Deratany, a Chicago attorney who represented some 280 plaintiffs in those original lawsuits as well as the complaint against Burke Engineering Corp.”

Chicago Tribune – 10/22/2020

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame 2020 hosts virtual induction ceremony on Oct. 13

Jay Paul Deratany is recognized for his work as both a human rights lawyer providing volunteer legal services during the AIDS crisis and working with homeless youth and as a board member of Human Rights Watch, which provides support for international LGBT individuals fighting for their lives in countries that have the death penalty for the LGBT individuals.

Chicago GoPride – 10/7/2020

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Virtual Induction Ceremony

Jay Paul Deratany is inducted for his extensive work with LGBT youth, especially in the foster system and for his filmmaking.

Daily Herald – 9/28/2020

Why a Lawyer Wrote a Movie

Jay Paul Deratany, a working attorney who wrote and produced the new film Foster Boy, on his duty to share the stories of foster youth.

Talkhouse – 9/28/2020

TOPIC: ‘FOSTER BOY’ a new film uncovers the problems deep within the foster system stars a legendary cast

Joining Paul Lisnek for the in-depth discussion of the movie is the screenwriter and well-known Chicago Attorney Jay Paul Deratany, and actors Shane Paul McGhie who plays young Jamal, as well as legendary Oscar winner actor Louis Gossett, Jr who plays Judge George Taylor.

WGN Radio – 9/23/2020

Foster Boy Movie with Louis Gossett, Jr and Jay Paul Deratany, Explores the Foster Care System in Chicago.

Foster Boy is a movie written and inspired by real events in the City of Chicago, IL, and Cook County. The story was created by lawyer and screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany, directed by Youssef Delara, and executive produced by Shaquille O’Neal.

ChicagoDefender – 9/18/2020

Ruling by the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is a Victory for Child Abuse Victims Nationwide

The United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Lawyer Jay Paul Deratany’s firm’s lawsuit on behalf of Shabrina McCloud and the estate of Ta’Naejah McCloud against Cuyahoga County Executive, Armond Budish; Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services (CCCFS); and Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services employees Kristina Quint, Ada Jackson, and Marquetese Betts.

Law.com – 9/15/2020

Ruling by the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is a Victory for Child Abuse Victims Nationwide

“Attorney, Jay Paul Deratany, founding partner of Chicago’s Deratany & Kosner, finally received the news that he and his team had been hoping for.”

Newsbreak – 9/15/2020

Ruling by the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is a Victory for Child Abuse Victims Nationwide

Deratany & Kosner’s lawsuit against Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services is reinstated.

Wall Street Call – 9/15/2020

Chicagoan Jay Paul Deratany has hit with Foster Boy

Gravitas Ventures is adding to its growing acquisition slate with the lastest pick-up, Foster Boy. Chicago attorney, Jay Paul Deratany wrote the script and produced the pic. Shaquille O’Neal served as executive producer. Jay Paul Deratany wrote the script and produced the pic along with Andrew Sugerman, Peter Samuelson, and Anne Marie MacKay.

Reel Chicago – 9/10/2020

Appeals court reinstates lawsuit against Cuyahoga County involving 5-year-old Ta’Naejah McCloud’s death

“The lawsuit, filed by attorney Jay Paul Deratany, said the interviews went against the agency’s policy of speaking with victims away from suspected abusers. Deratany stressed that the child suffered greater abuse after the interviews.”

Cleveland – 9/10/2020

Official Trailer and Poster For ‘Foster Boy’ Starring Matthew Modine and Shane Paul McGhie Revealed!

The official trailer and poster art for ‘Foster Boy’ has been revealed Directed by Youssef Delara (The Bounce Back) and written by Jay Paul Deratany (Saugatuck Cures), the film was executive produced by Shaquille O’Neal. The film will be available In Theaters & VOD on September 25th.

Icon vs. Icon – 9/8/2020

Gravitas Secures Legal Drama ‘Foster Boy’ Starring Matthew Modine, Louis Gossett Jr. & Julie Benz

Jay Paul Deratany wrote the script and produced the pic with Andrew Sugerman, Peter Samuelson, and Anne Marie MacKay, while Shaquille O’Neal served as executive producer.

DEADLINE – 8/27/2020

The Chicago LGBT Hall Of Fame Has Announced The 2020 Inductees

Jay Paul Deratany is a nominee as an human rights lawyer who provided volunteer legal services during the AIDS crisis and board member of Human Rights Watch.

WBEZ Chicago – 8/4/2020

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Announces 2020 Inductees; Virtual Ceremony in October

Jay Paul Deratany is recognized for his work as both a human rights lawyer providing volunteer legal services during the AIDS crisis and working with homeless youth and as a board member of Human Rights Watch, which provides support for international LGBT individuals fighting for their lives in countries that have the death penalty for the LGBT individuals.

Chicago GoPride – 8/3/2020

Experts Talk about Insurance Policies that Can Help Businesses with COVID-19 Losses

Jay Paul Deratany, Attorney & Founder of Deratany & Kosner, provides his expert opinion on whether insurance companies have sufficient reservers to pay your policy during the COVID-19 crisis.

Insurance Support World – 6/26/2020

Jay Paul Deratany Leads Campaign for National Foster Care Month

Chicago attorney, Jay Paul Deratany, leads campaign to collect luggage, duffel bags and backpacks for foster children.

Patch – 5/21/2020

Shaquille O’Neal-executive produced ‘Foster Boy’ joins DDI sales slate for Cannes virtual market

“Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal served as executive producer on the film directed by Youssef Delara from a screenplay by Jay Paul Deratany, who produced alongside Anne-Marie Mackay, Peter Samuelson, and Andrew Sugerman.”

Screen International – 5/15/2020

NBA’s Shaquille O’Neal takes on plight of foster children with new film, ‘Foster Boy’

When Chicago attorney Jay Paul Deratany was asked to represent an abused foster care youth, he was unprepared for the horrific abuse he’d find rampant at private foster care agencies. Now retired NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has executive produced a film on that experience.

Chicago Sun-Times – 2/13/2020

Passion project: Jay Paul Deratany draws on his career to pen award-winning film script

“Foster Boy” is Deratany’s first film and, as of press time, the founder of The Deratany Firm is traveling to various film festivals while also juggling cases as a Chicago trial attorney.

Chicago Lawyer – 12/5/2019

Lutheran Social Services ordered to pay $45M in lawsuit over toddler’s murder

“A jury ordered Lutheran Social Services of Illinois to pay the record-setting amount in damages after finding the agency was negligent in its duties when it returned Lavandis Hudson to his mother, according attorney Jay Paul Deratany, of the Deratany Firm.”

Chicago Sun-Times – 4/30/2018

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital accused of not preventing development of sacral ulcers

Michael Kosner of the Deratany & Kosner firm is representing a patient suing Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Care Network and Ray Lee, M.D., alleging negligence in medical care.

Cook County Record – 9/9/2016

Jury awards $10.7M in scalding death

Jay Paul Deratany, a partner at the Deratany Law Firm, represented the estate of a young girl who died after suffering severe burns in scalding bath water.

Chicago Law Bulletin – 8/1/2016

Negligent Hospital Protocol Results in $8 Million Awarded in Woman’s Death

“Represented by Jay Paul Deratany, Michael Kosner and Megan O’Connor of The Deratany Firm, Chicago’s leading personal injury law firm, Mr. Willis was able to obtain justice for untimely and preventable death of his mother Joya Pipkin. Ronald Willis Jr’s mother, Joya Pipkin, died at the age of 41 as a result of failed code blue system after she was given sedation on January 16, 2009.”

PR Newswire – 4/27/2016

Plaintiffs, Bereaved Family of Melinda Duckett, File Response to CNN and Nancy Grace’s Motion for Summary Judgment: Trial Set for August 2010 in Florida Federal Court

The Deratany Firm represents the parents and the estate of Melinda Duckett, a Florida mother who shot and killed herself after an on-air interview with CNN television host, Nancy Grace, regarding her missing baby, Trenton Duckett.

24-7 Press Release – 6/9/2010

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