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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants 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:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals
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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:
    Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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Catherine R. Connors was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Catherine R. Connors

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Energy Regulatory 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:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice First Amendment Law Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory 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:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice
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Darren M. Gelber was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

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