The law firm of St. John, Bowling & Lawrence in Charlottesville defends government officials, employees, municipalities and other political subdivisions sued for alleged civil rights violations. Our attorneys are experienced in the full range of municipal and government representation, defending clients against state and federal law claims.
Section 1983 Claims
Federal law (42 U.S.C. 1983) allows a private party to sue for money damages and injunctive relief when any person acting under “color of law” causes a deprivation of that party’s civil rights under the laws or constitution of the United States. These cases typically involve complex factual and legal issues, such as whether the person sued qualifies as a state actor, whether immunity or qualified immunity may apply, whether clearly established rights were violated, and more. The attorneys at St. John, Bowling & Lawrence are skilled and experienced in this area of law.
Below are examples of typical civil rights claims our firm can help with:
- Police officers and Sheriffs – false arrest, excessive force, malicious prosecution, seizure
- Prisons and jails – denial of medical care, cruel and unusual punishment, conditions of confinement
- Public housing authorities – racial discrimination, fair housing
- Social workers and mental health clinicians– due process and seizure