Some of Mr. Farrugia's clients have made these comments:
I am writing in regard to Victor Farrugia, who I consider to be the most outstanding employee rights lawyer in the state of Louisiana. I feel extremely fortunate to have had him as my attorney. Among his numerous accomplishments, he won the case against a big university (Southern New Orleans) and its extremely competitive law firm attorneys.
Victor became my attorney in 1999. Upon first meeting him, I was concerned due to his small practice and his quiet, unassuming demeanor, which made me question how he might hold up against a big law firm with a host of attorneys. Our initial communications were minimal. However, as the trial date grew nearer, we began to converse more, and it became clear just how diligently he had been working on my case and knowledgeable and competent he is. Victor prepared me for my deposition by tutoring and counseling me on how to communicate what happened to me. He subpoenaed twice as many witnesses on my behalf than did the defense. By the trial date, I was completely satisfied that I had the very best representation possible.
The university wanted to move the case to Federal Court. Victor knew we had a better chance of winning in state court, and as a result of his tenacious, steadfast hard work, the case was returned to state court. Due to his wealth of legal experience, Victor knew how and what to look for when choosing jurors, and as a result, he chose the best possible jury for my case. During the 9-day trial, while the opposing counsel seemed agitated and often yelled at our witnesses, Victor always spoke in a calm, controlled, and dignified manner, never appearing upset or frustrated.
During the award phase of the trial, Victor made a very compelling argument as to why the jury should award me $475,000 by documenting my past, present, and future losses as a result of losing my job. Because of his superior representation, the jury found the athletic director guilty of sexual harassment and wrongful termination, awarding me the $475,000 requested.
The judge disagreed with the jury award and lowered it to $65,000. I told Victor that I wanted to appeal the Judge's decision, and he did. He used case after case to convince the three appeal judges that the lower court judge was wrong in his decision to lower my award. When he went before the three judges to prove his case, I had no doubt that he would do an excellent job, and he exceeded my expectations - so much co that the appeal judges increased the award from $65,000 to $220,000. Needless to say, I was ecstatic.
The university appealed to the state Supreme Court, and that appeal was denied. The case is over, and the defense had to pay my award and attorney fees.
I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity both to meet and to work with Victor Farrugia. He has been such a blessing and comfort to me during an extremely stressful trial, and he exceeded all of my expectations as an attorney. I feel certain that he will prove to be a key asset to any client or organization he represents.
Former University Women's Basketball Coach
The following letter was written to Victor Farrugia in September 2004, shortly after a five-day jury trial for a national origin discrimination and retaliation case. Jury verdict yielded the plaintiff $419,013.
I am compelled to address to you my deepest appreciation for representing me in the recent case Sciacca vs. The State of Louisiana. Your style and depth of legal knowledge in matters of employment disputes proved your caliber in these issues.
Allow me to sincerely thank you for the sense of relief you brought to me during the time we prepared for the trial and during trial. With you and your co-counsel, I grew courageous and somewhat hopeful during these strenuous legal process.
I must exalt your God given outstanding talent as an attorney to work searching for justice for the unfair oppression of an irresponsible manager against an employee in a work place I so love, the Medical Center of Louisiana.
I was so impressed that in the midst of so much vicious mud slinging from the defense attorney, you were able to eloquently and well focused, clear the picture both for the judge and the jury. At this point, your stage presence and words calmed my heart and mind. Today, because of such dedicated and honest attorneys, I regained my faith in the judicial system.
I truly believe that the victory you achieved not only restored my self-esteem but also won victory for all who find themselves in pitched battle against relentless and overpowering management.
The statute of justice is depicted always as blind. Through the wisdom of your words she heard very well indeed. Again I am deeply thankful for you and your co-counsel.
Heydie K. Sciacca, MD
Dear Mr. Farrugia,
I want to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your excellent representation of my recent case, which you argued in the United States Court of Appeals for The Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., in November 2014. As a result of your detailed and specific analysis of the whistleblower issues, your outstanding writing of briefs and your excellent oral presentation against the U.S. Department of Justice, we were able to clearly expose the whistleblowing issues for the Court. I am proud of and thrilled about your work on my case.
Your knowledge of the whistleblower issues was excellent. The case was very complicated, as even the the Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice stated. However, your keen insight allowed you to succinctly express the facts to the Judges of the Court of Appeals in a clear and understandable manner. Your demeanor and presence in the courtroom were a pleasure to watch. As a current judge myself, and former prosecutor for the National Labor Relations Board, I feel that you are one of the best attorneys with whom I have ever dealt.
I was lucky to have been referred to you by a friend and former client of yours, who was very happy with your representation of him and the monetary settlement of his age discrimination case against one of the largest corporations in America who maintains an office in New Orleans, LA.
Because of your hard work, I feel comfortable in my job again. Thank you for the wisdom of your words and counsel throughout the entire process. I highly recommend you to anyone who is seeking an excellent lawyer.
Thank you again.
Judge Charlotte N. White
Mr. Victor Farrugia was the trial lawyer in my lawsuit against my former employer, alleging race discrimination and retaliation for participating in an activity protected by Title VII. He did an excellent job and was understanding during a very difficult time. Victor was able to persuade the jury to find in my favor although I am a black female and there were only two minorities on the jury. Cross examination is one of his strong points and he definitely is a litigator extraordinaire. The jury awarded me $621,570.00. Although we lost on appeal, which I expected, we did have one dissent. I had researched the Court's conservative approach in discrimination cases and was not surprised with the result. Although the Supreme Court did not consider the case, I was pleased with the representation I received and the victories we accomplished. I would highly recommend Victor Farrugia as an employment lawyer.
Kordice M. Douglas,
After my former employer, a private school, mid-year, demanded that I vacate my position as principal, I was professionally and emotionally devastated with little hope of rectifying this injustice. After two long years of work, acting as my lead attorney, Mr. Farrugia presented my case in an arbitration hearing held in March, 2002. After 6 days, 28 witnesses and several hundred exhibits, the arbitrator found that the school had indeed breached the contract and ruled an award to me of $157,856.52. Throughout the entire process, Mr. Farrugia championed my case with fervor and meticulously handled even the tiniest detail. I would highly recommend Mr. Farrugia as attorney for any and all employment disputes! He is knowledgeable, experienced and handles his clients with kindness and respect.
Pam Prescott, former school principal