Civil Rights & Constitutional Issues

Municipalities, such as cities, villages, towns, counties and school districts are frequently the target of civil rights litigation. This is largely because such actions lack damage caps and make attorney’s fees available to prevailing plaintiffs. Axley has extensive experience in representing municipalities and municipal officials in civil rights and constitutional law claims.

Cases that our civil rights defense attorneys regularly defend:
  • Police misconduct
  • Illegal searches and seizures
  • False arrest
  • Excessive force
  • Claims of violation of First Amendment rights, including freedom of speech, religion and assemble
  • Claims of deprivation of property and liberty interests.

Our litigators regularly appear in state and federal court on behalf of municipalities in employment-related civil rights claims, including First Amendment employee speech and religion claims and Fourteenth Amendment due process and equal protection claims.

Axley civil rights defense attorneys also represent municipalities in litigation arising out of jail incarcerations, foster care placements and social services related claims, such as the removal of a child from the home. Our team of attorneys has experience in all areas of constitutional and civil rights litigation.

Civil Rights & Constitutional Issues Attorneys

Client Successes

Federal Lawsuit Dismissal
Obtained dismissal of federal lawsuit against County by resident claiming unlawful repossession of vehicles
Excessive Force
Obtained jury verdict in favor of Deputy Sheriff accused of excessive force
Dismissal - Federal Lawsuit - Liquor License
Obtained dismissal of federal lawsuit filed by tavern against City that refused to issue liquor license because of prior problems with its license

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