Best Lawyers for Civil Rights Law in America

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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Chevy Chase, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Mediation Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Administrative / Regulatory Law Civil Rights Law Government Relations Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Union First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Administrative / Regulatory Law First Amendment Law Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Qui Tam Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals Bet-the-Company Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Woodbridge, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Alexandria, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Stamford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Immigration Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Qui Tam Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Haverhill, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Municipal Civil Rights Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1999
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law Qui Tam Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Sandusky, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Civil Rights Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Oxford, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Civil Rights Law Litigation - Municipal Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Education Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Civil Rights Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Criminal Defense: White-Collar Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Civil Rights Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Railroad Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Qui Tam Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Montclair, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1999
  • Location:
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: General Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Dover, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Civil Rights Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Labor and Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Glen Allen, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights 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.