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  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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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:
    Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
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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 Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Mediation Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management
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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:
    Civil Rights Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Energy Regulatory Law 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:
    Missoula, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Litigation - Municipal Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law
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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:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs 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:
    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:
    Bangor, Maine Lewiston, 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 Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Employment Law - Individuals Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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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:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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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 Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Employment 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:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Municipal Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Real Estate Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial 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:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Oxford, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Civil Rights Law Litigation - Municipal Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Copyright Law Education Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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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:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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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:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice First Amendment Law
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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 Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Antitrust Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Myers, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation 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.