Civil Rights Litigation

Leone & Alberts defends public entities in civil rights litigation, including against allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, free speech, and religious freedom. We have defended and successfully tried numerous civil rights claims arising out of allegations of police misconduct pursuant to 42 USC § 1983, the Bane Act and the Ralph Act.

Our attorneys have extensive experience defending and trying Title VI, VII and IX discrimination cases, as well as 42 USC 1983 actions involving the rights to free speech, equal protection and substantive and procedural due process. Our attorneys are also well versed in the defense of Monell claims and as a result have obtained summary judgment disposing of such claims.

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, and assists city attorneys, city managers, chiefs of police, and risk managers in the development of ordinances, policies, training, and risk management procedures.