Practice Areas / Civil RightsColumbus and Cincinnati Civil Rights Attorneys

We fight abuses of power.

When people in power abuse their authority, it’s offensive and destructive. We give you a voice and help hold them accountable.

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TYPES OF CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUITS

We stand up for your rights.

Civil rights cases are challenging, especially when they involve a deeply entrenched culture. We dig in, shine a light on wrongdoing, and help you fight back.

HOW WE APPROACH CIVIL RIGHTS CASES

Tell us what happened. We’ll take it from there.

We vigorously investigate the case, finding out what happened, why it happened, and who knew about it. We do a deep dive into the legal research to thoroughly understand the complex legal rules of your particular civil rights claim, so we can help you aggressively pursue the wrongdoers. We take time to develop strong relationships with our clients so that we fully know how the events have affected them, and so we can tell their stories. We work closely with you to creatively achieve your goals and obtain results that are meaningful to you.

WE LISTEN TO YOU.

Share your story and how the event has affected your life at your initial consultation.

WE INVESTIGATE YOUR CLAIM.

We gather information, interview witnesses, and obtain police and medical records.

WE WORK WITH EXPERTS.

Accident reconstruction specialists, biomedical engineers, medical professionals, and other experts can explain what happened and why.

WE HANDLE ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR CASE.

You can rely on our expertise at every step, from filing court documents to trying your case in front of a jury.

WE STAND WITH YOU.

We negotiate medical bills and other expenses and share resources to help you rebuild your life.

WE FIND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

Some settlements include apologies, new policies, or something that's important to you.

POLICE BRUTALITY, WRONGFUL CONVICTION, AND OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT CASES

Ohio civil rights case results that speak for themselves.

$900,000 Settlement

for a family subjected to racially discriminatory treatment by a school district.

Confidential Settlement

for violation of a female student's privacy by a teacher.

$458,933 Jury Verdict

award plus attorney fees for a woman wrongfully arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

$623,380 Jury Verdict

for a woman who was sexually assaulted.

*The outcome of any client’s case will depend on the particular legal and factual circumstances of the case.

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you may have questions about whether you have a case or the timing involved with filing a civil rights lawsuit. Here are answers to what many of our clients want to know.

How do I know if I have a civil rights case?

You will meet with an experienced attorney who will listen to your story and discuss the legal options available to you. We understand the challenges of speaking about sexual abuse, and we won't ask you to share any uncomfortable details. We have helped a lot of people who have been abused, and we have a clear understanding about how predators operate. It's our job to fight for you.

We will be honest with you about how the legal system works and possible avenues to explore to seek justice. Our attorneys present different options to you, but you decide what steps you want us to take.

Every day, we meet with people who are picking up the pieces of their life after a tragedy. We understand how tough this can be, and we won't pressure you into doing anything you don't want to do at any step.

Will the victim's identity be kept confidential?

You start by talking to us. Civil rights lawsuits are complex cases that often involve legal teams from your workplace, school system, police force, or other entities. This is not something to figure out on your own. Make an appointment to talk to civil rights attorneys at Cooper Elliott. During your free consultation, you can tell us what happened, then we can discuss different ways to approach your claim.

Does the case boil down to my word against theirs?

No. We interview witnesses, subpoena records, and other relevant documents, and gather all the information we can to understand what happened. Then we bring in top experts in specialized areas who can explain how the situation was a civil rights violation and how that violation led to your suffering.

What can I expect in our initial consultation?

You will meet with an experienced attorney who will listen to your story and discuss the legal options available to you.

We will be honest with you about how the legal system works and possible avenues to explore to seek justice for your injuries.

Every day, we meet with people who are picking up the pieces of their life after a tragedy. We understand, and we won't pressure you into doing anything you don't want to do at any step in the process.
Any company that hires an abuser needs to take a very close look at their hiring practices, training, and workplace culture. A civil lawsuit can bring about important changes that prevent abuse from happening there again.

How much will I have to pay for a civil rights case?

Cooper Elliott offers free consultations, and we are paid only if we win your lawsuit or settle your claim out of court. We discuss the details with you along the way so there are no surprises.

Civil Rights Lawsuit Process

Let us fight for you.

Have you been the victim of a civil rights violation that caused you harm? Schedule a free consultation today to find the best way to seek justice and stop it from happening again.

Take the first step toward justice by contacting our offices. Here’s how the process usually works:

  • Initial Conversation
  • Case Evaluation
  • Filing of Lawsuit
  • Exchange of Information
  • Mediation
  • Trial
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