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  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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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:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Mediation Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals
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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:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment 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:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Energy Regulatory Law Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice 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:
    Missoula, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Civil Rights Law Litigation - Municipal Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice
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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:
    Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Lewiston, Maine Bangor, Maine Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Stamford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Civil Rights Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - ERISA Employment Law - Individuals Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability 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:
    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:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs 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:
    Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
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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:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Real Estate Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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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:
    Civil Rights Law Municipal Law Litigation - Municipal Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Copyright Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Civil Rights Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    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:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Administrative / Regulatory Law Health Care Law Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation 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:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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:
    First Amendment Law Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Employment Law - Individuals Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Civil Rights 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:
    Civil Rights Law Commercial Litigation

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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.