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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:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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Ivelisse Bonilla was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Ivelisse Bonilla

Awerkamp, Bonilla & Giles, PLC
  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law Mediation
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals
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Catherine R. Connors was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Catherine R. Connors

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Energy Regulatory Law Civil Rights Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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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:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Appellate Practice 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:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals Bet-the-Company Litigation Civil Rights Law
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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  "Lawyer of the Year" in

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