Society has come a long way in the establishment and enforcement of our civil rights. But from time to time, our civil rights can be infringed upon by employers, individuals and the government.
Your civil rights include freedom of speech, religion, and assembly; the right to bear arms; and the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Your civil rights also protect you from discrimination because of your age, race, religion, sex, or disability.
If you believe that a person or entity has infringed upon your civil rights, it is important that you discuss your grievances with an attorney who has experience with these types of cases. At Bergstein & Ullrich, we work with individuals who have had their basic rights violated by employers, educational institutions, and the government, and we are prepared to:
Listen to your side of the story and provide you with legal guidance
Assess your claims and tell you if you have a case
Argue your case before a judge or negotiate with third parties
Support you as you take action to put an end to injustice
We have prevailed in a variety of constitutional law claims against municipalities and governmental defendants, in the areas of freedom of speech and assembly, the right to protest, police misconduct and due process. In 2017, we prevailed in the United States Court of Appeals in arguing that a New York City detention facility violated the constitutional rights of pre-trial detainees in maintaining unconcionable jail conditions. Darnell v. Piniero, 849 F.3d 17 (2d Cir. 2017). We have also successfully convinced the federal courts to strike down numerous municipal sign ordinances and public assembly laws under the First Amendment, most recently in Marin v. Town of Southeast, 136 F. Supp. 3d 548 (S.D.N.Y. 2015). Take a look at the "success stories" page for more details.