25. Fred Brewington
2013 Power List
You do not want to be on the wrong side of Brewington who earns a living being on the right side of history. This leading civil rights attorney is one of the few who actually gets results. He led the legal fight that created council districts in the Town of Hempstead, where minorities were politically discriminated against. He won a $7 million settlement for the family of Jo’Anna Bird, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend despite a restraining order, prompting new Nassau County police protocols after authorities were found to have failed to properly investigate domestic violence calls at her home. And the Hempstead-based lawyer is now fighting alleged housing discrimination in Garden City in a nearly decade-old lawsuit that went to trial in June. Keep his number handy, police brutality victims.