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Ms. Mildred K. O'Linn

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Phone: (213) ***-****  
Manning & Kass
801 South Figueroa Street 15Th Floor
Los Angeles , California 90017
United States

Company Description: The firm specializes in transactional, litigation and advisory services for our clients in every area of the entertainment industry. Our attorneys have years of...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founding Board Member
    American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers
  • Original Legal Advisor
    American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers
  • Legal and Technical Advisor
    Law Enforcement Television Network , Inc.


  • undergraduate degree , criminal justice
    Honors College
  • BS , cum laude
    Kent State University
  • Juris Doctorate
    University of Akron School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science degree , Criminal Justice
    Kent State
  • Juris Doctorate
    University of Akron , School of Law
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Web References
Force Science News #242: Knowledge gaps nix firm conclusions about CEW risks, experts say, 12 Oct 2014 [cached]
When police defense attorney Mildred O'Linn teaches a course on Critical Legal Issues in Law Enforcement, she urges her audiences to adopt a risk-management concept she calls the Custody and Care Timeline.
It's a method for officers to capture and document critical information when dealing with combative suspects who may be especially vulnerable to arrest-related or in-custody deaths. That includes those who are morbidly obese, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, mentally ill, in the throes of excited delirium, or subject to a high level of physical exertion while battling the police hand-to-hand.
"When a death occurs during or immediately after an arrest-related struggle with such a resistant person, there's typically a lot of information missing," says O'Linn, a partner with the Los Angeles law firm Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP. "Officers don't know or can't remember how long the fight lasted, how long the subject was down and handcuffed, when exactly the arrestee stopped breathing, and so on. This makes the officers' actions more difficult to defend in court because they appear negligent, indifferent, or unprofessional.
"In the death cases I've handled I would have given my left arm--and I'm left-handed--to have an established timeline of events to use to defend my officers."
The remedy, O'Linn believes, is to create what she calls "Motorola memory"--a recorded, time-coded thread of radio communication from the scene to dispatch that documents time markers during the contact. The transmissions may be handled by a first responder, a supervisor, or someone else designated to take responsibility for monitoring and documenting the incident.
"Using radio transmissions to create a timeline simplifies the process," O'Linn told Force Science News.
"With that kind of record," O'Linn says, "we bring greater precision to circumstances where we typically have conflict and confusion over what happened and when--in particular, things like how long the subject was proned out, how long officers were on top of the suspect, when the suspect was handcuffed, when they stopped struggling or breathing, when CPR was started, etc.
"Keying your mic and chronicling an audio 'custody and care' record as events unfold is much better in terms of accuracy and credibility than trying to compose a 'guesstimated' timeline from memory in a written report. It's amazing what officers don't remember afterward, and sometimes what they claim to remember is very distorted and inaccurate."
O'Linn suggests that after a subject is controlled, he should continue to be closely monitored, and the verbal log should be continued up to the point that he is turned over to medical personnel.
And, she advises, the timeline should be used in conjunction with well-practiced tactics for containing and controlling potentially vulnerable individuals.
For more information on Atty. O'Linn's training on the legal aspects of using force, contact her at: She is scheduled to attend the certification course in Force Science Analysis, scheduled for Dec. 9-13, 2013 in Las Vegas.
Use of Force Liability Update | Public Safety Training Institute, 1 Mar 2012 [cached]
Mildred K. O'Linn, Attorney at Law with Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP Post Certified Plan NA (8 CPT's) | Download the Flyer
Law Office of John Burton, Pasadena, 27 July 2010 [cached]
Taser's lead attorney--Mildred K. O'Linn, a partner at Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez in Los Angeles--petitioned U.S. District Judge James Ware to either exclude the opinions and testimony or conduct a formal Daubert hearing.
O'Linn argued that Myers lacked the requisite qualifications and experience, and that his causation theories were not supported by scientific evidence.
Without Myers's testimony, O'Linn told the court, "Taser['s defense] is done, because plaintiffs' counsel has simply failed to produce anyone who could testify as to causation in this matter."
O'Linn argued that citing animal research failed to pass muster under Daubert.
Mildred K. ..., 28 Jan 2008 [cached]
Mildred K. O'Linn
Attorney at Law, Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez LLP
Mildred K. O'LinnAttorney at Law, Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez LLP
Mildred K. O'Linn has an unparalleled background as an expert attorney and technical expert in sexual harassment and employment litigation, police civil liability, police training, and the defense of municipal entities.From 1992 through 2001 she had the distinction of serving on the Executive Board of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers.Ms. O'Linn has extensive experience in representing governmental agencies, private employers and individuals in employment discrimination litigation.
In addition to her varied civil practice as a trial attorney, Ms. O'Linn was a police officer for eight years.Subsequently she served as the legal and technical advisor for the Law Enforcement Television Network, Inc.In February, 1992, she was appointed a member of the "Use of Force Committee" of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.She also served as a member of the committee to develop a "Use of Force Model Policy" for the California Peace Officers' Association, and as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department Use of Force Training Review Committee and served on the Los Angeles Police Department's Civilian Martial Arts Advisory Panel.As a recognized expert in the use of force, Ms. O'Linn has served as an expert witness in civil litigation and has been called upon by numerous agencies across the country to serve as a consultant on policy formulation and review of police procedures.
Recently, Miss O'Linn was lead trial counsel on behalf of TASER International, Inc. in a highly notable products liability and civil rights case involving TASER International and the City of Los Angeles Police Department.This case was exceptionally significant given that it was the first products liability claim ever to go to trial against TASER in conjunction with a claim against a law enforcement agency for use of the electronic control device in the field.Despite receiving the case only ten days before trial and being placed in a position where none of the manufacturer's expert witnesses were called during trial, Ms. O'Linn received a unanimous defense verdict.
Ms. MILDRED O'LINN ..., 5 April 2006 [cached]
The captivating Mildred O'Linn is a licensed attorney in California where she is a trial attorney at Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez LLP of Los Angeles, a firm preeminent in the defense of governmental agencies and their employees.She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Kent State and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron, School of Law in 1986.
Formerly, Ms. O'Linn was a Police Officer, FTO, Academy Director, Assistant to a Chief of Police and the Chairperson of Unarmed Self-defense training for police officers in the State of Ohio.
She has been a certified instructor in numerous areas to include defensive tactics and physical fitness.She has served as the Legal and Technical Advisor to LETN and is a Personal Protection Specialist.Ms. O'Linn is frequently called upon to provide protective services for high profile dignitaries and celebrities across the world.
One of the founders of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET), she is a nationally recognized speaker, instructing frequently in seminars on various aspects of civil liability, sexual harassment, use of force, expert witness preparation and expert witness testimony.
Most recently, she was successful in defending a law enforcement agency in the first Taser case presented at the Federal level, a decision that is certain to have a lasting impact in cases of this nature.
"Civil Liability & Use of Force Update"
This presentation is designed to provide an overview of the present state of agency and individual liability, focusing on principles and concepts of civil liability and police misconduct in Section 1983 litigation in federal and state courts, precedential cases and applicable standards.The program will deal with, in particular, use of force, use of force review, and use of force policies. and training related issues .
Ms. O'Linn's presentation will include discussions related to Negligent Hiring, Negligent Retention and Unlawful Dismissals.
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