News & Firm Accomplishments


On June 11, 2018, Nyman Turkish client, Anthony Gazvoda, entered into a settlement with the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Sgt. Gazvoda filed suit after he was the victim of discrimination based on his status as a disabled combat veteran. Sgt. Gazvoda began experiencing symptoms of PTSD after being awarded a job as a Border Patrol Agent in Laredo, TX. Physicians and psychiatrist with the Department of Veterans Affairs agreed that Sgt. Gazvoda’s PTSD was being exacerbated by his placement in Laredo, and recommended a transfer back to his home state of Michigan.

Initially, Managing Partner, Jason Turkish, was able to obtain a conditional preliminary injunction preventing DHS and CBP from terminating Sgt. Gazvoda. After multiple years of litigation, the parties reached an agreement that included a substantial damages award to Sgt. Gazvoda.

Nyman Turkish Announces the Hiring of Nationally Recognized Social Security Attorney J. Christopher Deem

Nyman Turkish PC is thrilled to announce the hiring of J. Christopher Deem as Of Counsel to the Firm. Chris will lead the Firm's Florida Office, while handling Social Security Appellate cases nationwide. Chris has over 30 years of Social Security experience, bringing another renowned advocate into the Firm to represent our clients. "We are thrilled to welcome Chris to Nyman Turkish PC and believe he will be a tremendous resource to the Firm and its clients," said Jason Turkish, Managing Partner of Nyman Turkish. "Our clients will benefit from Chris's more than 30 years of Social Security experience..."


Nyman Turkish Attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Ellis Kempf against the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), based on their refusal to allow Ellis to have a sign language interpreter ring-side during MHSAA sponsored events. Ellis, who is a triple varsity letter winner at Royal Oak High School in Michigan where he is a senior, was informed during his junior year that his interpreter—provided by his school—would not be allowed to be ring-side during MHSAA sponsored events. While the MHSAA cites “safety” as their reason for barring the interpreter, the situation is actually much more dangerous without the interpreter, as Ellis is forced to compete in a contact sport with absolutely no ability to communicate with coaches, officials, or other athletes. After working tirelessly with the MHSAA to resolve the situation, Ellis and his parents were forced to seek resolution in federal court.

Managing Partner Jason Turkish Serves as Key Note Speaker at “Dining in the Dark”

Nyman Turkish Managing Partner Jason Turkish recently visited Gary, IN to speak at a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the opening of The Blind Social Center, a Gary based group who works to expand opportunity for the blind. The Blind Social Center is a cutting-edge organization that provides training, services, and a warm social environment for individuals who are blind. On August 21st, the Blind Social Center celebrated its one-year anniversary by hosting a “Dining in the Dark” event. The event served as a fundraiser for the organization, as well as an opportunity to educate the public on issues faced by the blind. Mr. Turkish shared his own story of overcoming obstacles to become a successful attorney, as well as the impact the Americans with Disabilities Act has had on the blind community.

Settlement Reached in Wayne County Airport Authority Lawsuit

On October 16, 2014, Partners Jason Turkish and Melissa Nyman were able to successfully negotiate a settlement with the Wayne County Airport Authority, on behalf of clients Michael Harris and Karla Hudson. Harris and Hudson, sued the WCAA, claiming its decision to move the drop-off location for Michigan Flyer from curbside at International Arrivals, across the street, and 600 feet down violated the American’s with Disabilities Act. Harris and Hudson agreed to accept the new location, but the WCAA will be required to make it more accessible to individuals with disabilities.

After Settlement in Airport Case, Parties Return to Court

Months after settling a lawsuit with the Wayne County Airport Authority, Nyman Turkish clients Michael Harris and Karla Hudson returned to Federal Court. This time, they asked the Court to compel the WCAA to abide by the terms of the settlement agreement. Oral arguments on the issue were heard at the District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Both parties are currently waiting for a ruling from the Court.

Nyman Turkish Attorneys File Lawsuit on Behalf of Indian Trails and Michigan Flyer, Alleging Detroit Airport Retaliated Against Them for Helping Disabled Passengers

On April 27, 2015, Nyman Turkish Partners, Jason Turkish and Melissa Nyman, filed a lawsuit against the Wayne County Airport Authority on behalf of clients Michigan Flyer and Indian Trails. The complaint alleges violations of Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specifically, the suit was brought “to put an end to Defendant Wayne County Airport Authority’s corrupt and unlawful retaliatory conduct following Plaintiffs' participation in support of persons with disabilities bringing claims of disability discrimination…” The complaint alleges that after providing assistance to two disabled passengers in their lawsuit against the WCAA, “the Plaintiffs [Michigan Flyer & Indian Trails] were immediately and severely retaliated against by the Defendant, in blatant violation of the anti-retaliation provisions of the ADA.” The case is currently being litigated in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Blind Nyman Turkish Client, Angelo Binno,
Will Get His Day in Front of the 6th Circuit

Years after filing a lawsuit against the American Bar Association for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Nyman Turkish client Angelo Binno will have the opportunity to present his case to the Federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Binno hopes to one day pursue a career in law, but found he was unable to pass the Law School Admission Test (“LSAT”) because it requires applicants to use spatial reasoning skills and to draw pictures, two things that are practically impossible for a blind individual. Despite presenting a strong case, the suit was dismissed due to the fact that the ABA does not itself write the LSAT, and also because the ABA allegedly does not control the weight schools must give to the exam. Mr. Binno was originally represented by Richard Bernstein, before his election to the Michigan Supreme Court. The case will now be handled by Nyman Turkish Attorneys,  Jason Turkish, Ryan Kaiser, and Melissa Nyman. In a rare move, the 6th Circuit has decided to allow the parties to present oral arguments. Oral Arguments will be heard on October 8th in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Nyman Turkish Managing Partner, Jason Turkish,
Sues and Wins on Behalf of Blind Triathlete

Aaron Scheidies has been losing his sight since he was nine years old. Despite this extreme challenge, Scheidies has established himself as one of the most accomplished triathletes in the world. However, his success was threatened when USA Triathlon and The International Triathlon Union ordered that he wear blackout glasses during the running portion of triathlons sponsored by the two groups. USA Triathlon and the ITU reasoned that requiring the use of blackout glasses for individuals like Scheidies, who has about 20% of his vision left, would create a “level-playing field” with totally blind triathletes. Scheidies contended that being required to use the blackout glasses created substantial safety issues, and constituted a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The complaint was filed by Richard Bernstein, but the case was taken over by Nyman Turkish Managing Partner Jason Turkish, following Bernstein’s election to the Michigan Supreme Court. Nyman Turkish Partners, Jason Turkish and Melissa Nyman, were able to settle the suit, with USA Triathlon and ITU agreeing that Scheidies would not be required to wear black out glasses.

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