Civil Rights Litigation

Leone & Alberts defends public entities in civil rights litigation, including against allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and allegations of violations of due process, equal protection, free speech and religious freedom. Our attorneys have extensive experience defending and trying Title VI, VII and IX discrimination cases, as well as 42 USC §1983 actions, involving student discipline, employee discipline, code enforcement, police misconduct, bullying, whistleblowers, sexual misconduct, and athletics and educational programs. Our attorneys are also well versed in the defense of Monell claims and as a result have obtained summary judgment disposing of such claims in a wide variety of cases.

We represent public entities in complex Title II ADA disability access cases and negotiate settlement agreements and consent decrees to improve disability access to public facilities and to help achieve ADA compliance. The firm deftly handles these complex Title II ADA access cases to stave off expensive and protracted litigation while helping the public entity focus its time and resources on compliance efforts, rather than litigation.

Leone & Alberts regularly provides pre-litigation advice in civil rights matters, including law enforcement and free speech issues, and assists city attorneys, city managers, chiefs of police, school district administrators, and risk managers in the development of ordinances, policies, training, and risk management procedures.