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Constitutional & Civil Rights Issues


Our litigators have defended public agencies in a wide variety of lawsuits involving complex constitutional and civil rights issues.  Our victories in the federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, signal our expertise in a broad array of areas, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Free speech
  • Free exercise of religion
  • Separation of church and state
  • Firearms regulation
  • Search and seizure
  • Use of force by law enforcement
  • Eminent domain
  • Inverse condemnation
  • Equal protection
  • Procedural and substantive due process
  • California Unruh Civil Rights Act
  • California Fair Employment and Housing Act
  • California Voting Rights Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Federal Fair Housing Act
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Title VII (Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964)
  • Title IX (Education Amendments Act of 1972)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act


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