Civil Rights Violations

Civil Rights Violations

Attorneys at Smolen & Roytman have extensive experience in representing clients in federal court on civil rights claims, including claims involving highly complex legal and factual issues. Under federal law, every person has a right to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, freedom of the press, equal protection, and the right to protection against discrimination. The law provides civil remedies for violations of such rights, and our sole interest is to pursue clients’ interests regarding the illegal violation of their rights protected under the law.

Areas of our expertise involve but are not limited to:


Regarding hate crimes; excessive force and other Constitutional violations by persons acting as law enforcement officials or public officials; human trafficking and involuntary servitude; force, threats or physical obstruction to interfere with reproductive health care services; force, threats or physical obstruction to interfere with the right to vote based on race, color, national origin, or religion.

Disability Rights

Regarding claims filed against State or local government or a public accommodation (including, example, a restaurant, doctor’s office, retail store, hotel, etc.).

Educational Opportunities

Regarding the protection of students from harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex and religion in public schools; discrimination based on disability and failure to offer appropriate disability-related services and accommodations; the offering of English Language Learner (ELL) for students to overcome language barriers; and discrimination from receiving federal funds on the basis of race, color, national origin, and race.


Regarding discrimination, including harassment and retaliation, based on race, color, religion, and national origin; discrimination based on immigration status; and discrimination against employment based on military service.

Federal Coordination and Compliance

Regarding denial of federal financial assistance, such as social security benefits, due to discrimination against race, color, or national origin, including limited English proficiency.

Housing Discrimination

Regarding discrimination such as denial of credit or a mortgage; denial of services in public accommodations such as a restaurant or hotel; or denial from religious assemblies and institutions


Regarding right to vote under federal laws such as the Voting Rights Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act, the National Voter Registration Act, the Help America Vote Act, and the Civil Rights Acts.

If you believe you may have a claim under one of these categories, we are here and prepared to provide profound representation.


Daniel Smolen


Oleg Roytman


Lauren Lambright


David A. Warta


David M. Bross