Governmental Liability & Employment Law partners Michele Molinario and Joseph Popolizio presented “Excessive Force Cases: A Deeper Look at the Future of Law Enforcement Policy” for the 2021 PRIMA (Public Risk Management Association) Conference. Michele and Joe’s presentation explored qualified immunity, HR 1280, 8 Can’t Wait, and the success of various training techniques for law enforcement, including de-escalation, use of force continuum, verbal warnings, reasonable alternatives to deadly force, prohibition against shooting at moving vehicles, comprehensive reporting systems, chokeholds and carotid restraint policy, and understanding implicit bias.

2021 PRIMA Virtual Conference
June 14-16, 2021
Programming included over 50 live-streamed and on-demand virtual education sessions. Attendees gained industry insight, learned public risk management best practices, and had the opportunity to chat with subject matter experts. Sessions were organized by the following tracks:

  • Advanced Risk Management Administration
  • Basic Risk Management Administration
  • Employee Benefits/Human Resources
  • General Liability/Auto
  • Insurance
  • Risk Control
  • Workers’ Compensation

PRIMA is the premier educational program for new and seasoned public risk management professionals who seek to learn more about emerging trends and best practices. Learn more at

Michele Molinario has dedicated her professional career in the areas of government liability and employment law. She represents private employers and public entities and their employees, including police officers, detention officers, emergency responders, public works directors, building inspectors and traffic engineers, etc. Michele has tried state and federal jury trials and bench trials, as well as administrative law hearings.

Joe Popolizio represents governmental entities, law enforcement personnel, elected officials, municipalities and private correctional facilities in matters involving alleged civil rights violations such as wrongful death, excessive force, racial profiling and discriminatory policing. Joe conducts trials in both state and federal courts, defending governmental clients in complex, high-profile matters involving the Department of Justice and ACLU.