Civil Rights Law Practice

The Declaration of Independence declares the birthright of every American:  life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  These fundamental rights are enshrined in the Constitution and in various federal, state, and local statutes, which guarantee to each of us certain freedoms and protections that may not be infringed by government agencies or private institutions. 

At The Warshawsky Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting and promoting these vital constitutional and civil rights that lie at the heart of a free and democratic society.  If your civil rights have been violated, it is imperative that you consult with us as soon as possible, so we can work with you to preserve your legal rights and explore all of your options for obtaining justice, compensation, and other appropriate relief.  
The Warshawsky Law Firm represents clients in the full range of civil rights matters arising under the United States Constitution (including the First, Second, Fourth, and Eighth Amendments) and federal, state, and local laws, including 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Federal Torts Claim Act (FTCA), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the New York State Civil Rights Law, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law.

The specific issues we handle include:

  • false arrest / false imprisonment
  • excessive force / police brutality
  • unlawful search and seizure
  • stop and frisk
  • strip searches
  • malicious prosecution
  • wrongful convictions
  • freedom of speech
  • freedom of Information (FOIA / FOIL)
  • interference with parental rights
  • involuntary institutionalization
  • discrimination in public accommodations (stores, restaurants, hotels, etc.)
  • discrimination in schools, colleges, and universities
  • college academic and disciplinary proceedings
  • right to keep and bear arms
  • asset forfeiture
  • right of privacy
  • due process of law
  • equal protection of the law
  • assault and battery
  • defamation, slander, libel
  • unauthorized commercial use of picture, name, or voice
  • criminal defense

Even if you don't see your issue listed here, please contact us if you believe your civil rights have been violated. 

Representing victims of police abuse:

We have represented numerous victims of police abuse, including in false arrest, excessive force, unlawful search, and malicious prosecution cases.  Police abuse falls disproportionately on the poor and minorities, but our clients include persons of all races, neighborhoods, and socioeconomic levels.  Our lawyers are very knowledgeable, experienced, and skillful in handling these cases.    

Representing department store patrons:

We have represented numerous department store patrons who were wrongly accused of shoplifting by store security personnel, detained inside the store, and/or arrested by the police.  Unfortunately, many store security personnel are under-educated, under-trained, and under-supervised -- yet much too quick to exert their authority over others.  The result is that, virtually every day, innocent people's civil rights are being violated by false accusations of shoplifting.  We have been successful in obtaining compensation for victims of these illegal department store practices.

Representing college students accused of sexual misconduct:

In recent years, there has been an explosion of sexual misconduct cases at our nation's colleges and universities.  While there is considerable debate about the true incidence of sexual assault on campus, in their zeal to address this problem, colleges and universities have trampled on the rights -- and ruined the futures -- of many students (invariably male) who have been wrongly accused of sexual misconduct.  Because these cases are legally complex, it is important to retain experienced, sophisticated counsel.  We can assist with pending student disciplinary proceedings, and we can represent students in court to challenge the unfair outcomes in these cases. 

Representing criminal defendants:

Although not a regular part of our practice, in select cases we defend clients who have been accused of crimes.  Usually, but not necessarily, this is in connection with a potential civil rights case.  We have obtained dismissals, ACDs, and "not guilty" verdicts for our criminal defense clients.   

FAQS:  For more information, please see our Civil Rights Law FAQs.  


If you need a qualified civil rights lawyer, please contact The Warshawsky Law Firm today.        

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