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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management
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:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Mediation Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals
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Subodh Chandra

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