Civil Rights & Election Law

Civil rights legal matters can permeate many areas of your life — education, housing, lending and employment — and our civil rights attorneys have a deep understanding of the complexities involved in these issues. We handle cases related to constitutional freedoms like speech and voting, as well as matters pertaining to discrimination based upon legally protected classes like age, sex, race, physical limitation, and religion.

Our attorneys regularly represent both plaintiffs and defendants in claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other related federal and state laws. We also defend employers against discrimination charges brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state agencies and have successfully defended governmental bodies against Section 1983 civil rights claims.    

We use a proactive and collaborative approach to help businesses avoid civil rights litigation by designing policies against discrimination and harassment, conducting management and supervisory training, and advising employers in the internal investigation of harassment and discrimination claims.

Our attorneys also have specific experience in election law, representing clients, including political parties, before local and state boards of elections, clients involved in challenges to state voter identification requirements, and clients facing barriers to running for elected office.

Types of Clients

  • Individuals and groups
  • Organizations
  • Businesses
  • Political parties
  • Governmental entities

Update Regarding COVID-19

To our clients, colleagues, and friends: The safety and well-being of our community is our highest priority. Like many of you, we are closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact it is having on everyone in our community and around the world. As the level of concern surrounding the virus heightens, we feel a strong responsibility to minimize any potential risk within the community. To that end, we are following guidelines recommended by the CDC – from implementing and maintaining diligent sanitation and custodial practices to minimizing person-to-person contact – while ensuring that all of your legal needs continue to be met with the same client service you are accustomed to receiving from Roberts & Stevens. At this time, our offices remain open, with many of us connected remotely. However, in support of social distancing, we are asking clients, if at all possible, to schedule phone conferences instead of coming to the office. Thank you for your support and cooperation. Let us know if you need us. We are here.