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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Civil Rights Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals
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Ivelisse Bonilla was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Ivelisse Bonilla

Awerkamp, Bonilla & Giles, PLC
  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Mediation Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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Catherine R. Connors was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Catherine R. Connors

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Energy Regulatory Law Civil Rights Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice First Amendment Law Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law
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Darren M. Gelber was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Darren M. Gelber

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A.
  • Location:
    Woodbridge, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Lewiston, Maine Bangor, Maine Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Stamford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Employment Law - Individuals Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Health Care Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Haverhill, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals
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  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Civil Rights Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Litigation - Real Estate Civil Rights Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Sandusky, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Civil Rights Law Litigation - Insurance
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  • Location:
    Oxford, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Insurance Law Civil Rights Law Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Education Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Administrative / Regulatory Law Commercial Litigation Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Civil Rights Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Employment Law - Individuals First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Antitrust Law

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Practice Area Definition

Civil Rights Law Definition

Civil rights law is the practice area of attorneys who advise individuals, businesses, and governmental entities about legal matters touching upon civil rights. Civil rights laws are varied, complex, and constantly evolving. Civil rights laws cover the diverse assortment of rights and freedoms recognized and guaranteed every United States citizen and resident by federal, state, and local laws and constitutions. For instance, citizens and residents have freedoms associated with their speech, assembly, association, and the right to practice a religion of their choice; to their life, liberty, and personal privacy; and to equal access to a public education, to the courts, to public facilities, services, and housing; equal and fair treatment by law enforcement and the courts; as well as the right to vote. The various civil rights include not only freedoms, but also the right to be free from discrimination in the availability and exercise of those freedoms.

“Discrimination” results when an individual’s, group’s, or a business or governmental entity’s preference or prejudice fosters conduct or a practice that obstructs or hinders another’s equal access or exercise of guaranteed civil rights or freedoms. Obviously, not every infringement of another’s civil rights or freedom amounts to illegal discrimination. The civil rights laws make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of one’s membership in a protected class. One may not discriminate or adversely impact another on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin. As a rule of thumb, discrimination against a protected class of citizens that interferes with the exercise of voting rights, the right to assemble, freedom of speech, religion, or association or with equal opportunities to education or housing brings civil rights laws into play.

Despite the best efforts of individuals, businesses, and governmental entities to comply with the civil rights laws, lawsuits or administrative charges occur. Such charges and lawsuits can have significant consequences.

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Civil rights law is the practice area of attorneys who advise individuals, businesses, and governmental entities about legal matters touching upon civil rights. Civil rights laws are varied, complex, and constantly evolving. Civil rights laws cover the diverse assortment of rights and freedoms recognized and guaranteed every United States citizen and resident by federal, state, and local laws and constitutions. For instance, citizens and residents have freedoms associated with their speech, assembly, association, and the right to practice a religion of their choice; to their life, liberty, and personal privacy; and to equal access to a public education, to the courts, to public facilities, services, and housing; equal and fair treatment by law enforcement and the courts; as well as the right to vote. The various civil rights include not only freedoms, but also the right to be free from discrimination in the availability and exercise of those freedoms.

“Discrimination” results when an individual’s, group’s, or a business or governmental entity’s preference or prejudice fosters conduct or a practice that obstructs or hinders another’s equal access or exercise of guaranteed civil rights or freedoms. Obviously, not every infringement of another’s civil rights or freedom amounts to illegal discrimination. The civil rights laws make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of one’s membership in a protected class. One may not discriminate or adversely impact another on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin. As a rule of thumb, discrimination against a protected class of citizens that interferes with the exercise of voting rights, the right to assemble, freedom of speech, religion, or association or with equal opportunities to education or housing brings civil rights laws into play.

Despite the best efforts of individuals, businesses, and governmental entities to comply with the civil rights laws, lawsuits or administrative charges occur. Such charges and lawsuits can have significant consequences.