For a Consultation With A Las Vegas Civil Rights Lawyer Call Our Office Today at (702) 608-3030.

The Constitution of the United States and the Nevada Constitution guarantees every person civil rights that protect against the overreaching power of the government and its agents. At Blakesley Courtney (“LBC Law Group”), we focus our civil rights practice on protecting our clients from civil rights violations by government officers and agents.  We are dedicated to protecting these to providing our clients justice and fair compensation when their rights have been violated.  If your civil rights have been violated, call our office today at (702) 608-3030 to learn more about how we can help you.   

Blakesley Courtney represents clients in the full range of civil rights matters arising under the United States Constitution (including the First, Second, Fourth, and Eighth Amendments), the Nevada Constitution, and federal, state, and local laws, including 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Federal Torts Claim Act (FTCA), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Nevada Civil Rights Law.

We can help you get justice and compensation for your civil rights violation, including:

  • false arrest / false imprisonment

  • excessive force / police brutality

  • discrimination based on age, sex, gender, disability or national origin

  • unreasonable use of force by police officers

  • employment Discrimination

  • Sexual harassment and hostile work environment

  • unlawful search and seizure

  • stop and frisk

  • strip searches

  • malicious prosecution

  • wrongful convictions

  • freedom of speech

  • freedom of Information (FOIA / FOIL)

  • interference with parental rights

  • involuntary institutionalization

  • discrimination in public accommodations (stores, restaurants, hotels, etc.)

  • discrimination in schools, colleges, and universities

  • college academic and disciplinary proceedings

  • right to keep and bear arms

  • asset forfeiture

  • right of privacy

  • due process of law

  • equal protection of the law

  • assault and battery

  • defamation, slander, libel

  • unauthorized commercial use of picture, name, or voice

  • Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) Defenses

Even if you don't see your civil rights violation listed here, please contact us if you believe your civil rights have been violated. 

Money compensation for your civil right violation

Depending on the type of case and nature of the civil rights abuse, victims can recover:

  • Compensatory Damages for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and property damage;

  • Exemplary and Punitive damages – money compensation awarded to the victim and meant to punish the wrongdoer and to send a message);

  • Injunctions and Equitable Relief – when money isn’t enough, a judge may order the government to do something or to stop doing something;

  • Attorney Fees which are often set by statute;

  • Costs which include items such as court filing fees, service of process, expert witness fees, investigations, etc.;

  • Prejudgment and Post-judgment Interests which compensate you for having to wait to be paid the compensation you deserve.

We represent victims of police abuse

In today's world, video and social media have broadly exposed the fact that some officers abuse their power. We have represented numerous victims of police abuse, including in false arrest, excessive force, unlawful search, and malicious prosecution. Police abuse falls disproportionately on the poor and minorities, but our clients include persons of all races and socioeconomic dispositions. Our lawyers are very knowledgeable, experienced, and skillful in handling these cases.   

We represent victims of employment discrimination

Title VII is a federal statute that prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  The statute also bars retaliation against employees for asserting their rights under the statute.  

Title VII applies to employers throughout the country with at least 15 employees, including federal, state, and local governments.

Under Title VII, it is an “unlawful employment practice” for a covered employer “to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”  42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(a).

If an employee proves discrimination in violation of Title VII, the remedies available under the statute include hiring, reinstatement, promotion, back pay, front pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, and costs.  Compensatory damages and punitive damages are “capped” depending on the size of the employer.

To be protected by Title VII, an employee first must file a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC) within 180 days of the alleged discrimination.  Under certain circumstances, this time limit may be extended to 300 days.  Please note, however, that federal employees, including military personnel, must file a charge of discrimination with their agency’s EEO office within 45 days of the alleged discrimination. State law claims may also be prosecuted with any applicable federal law claims, depending on the facts of your case and the processes you elect. 

After an employee files a charge of discrimination, the EEOC and/or NERC will investigate the charge.  As part of the investigation, the employer will be notified of the charge and asked to submit a response to the employee’s allegations (often referred to as a “position statement”).  The EEOC may attempt to resolve the matter through mediation and settlement.

If the matter does not settle, at the end of the investigation, the EEOC will issue a finding of “probable cause” or “no probable cause” regarding the employee’s claims.  The EEOC process usually takes several months.  The EEOC then will issue the employee a “right to sue” letter (also called a "notice of right to sue" letter) authorizing the employee to file a lawsuit in court.  The employee’s lawsuit must be filed within 90 days of receipt of the letter, or the claims may be deemed waived, or disqualified from prosecution, forever.

Because the rules and procedures under Title VII are complicated, an employee should discuss his or her complaints of discrimination promptly with a qualified employment lawyer. 

We represent college students accused of sexual misconduct

In recent years, there has been an explosion of sexual misconduct cases at our nation's colleges and universities.  While there is considerable debate about the true incidence of sexual assault on campus, in their zeal to address this problem, colleges and universities have trampled on the rights—and ruined the futures—of many students (invariably male) who have been wrongly accused of sexual misconduct.  Because these cases are legally complex, it is important to retain experienced, sophisticated counsel.  We can assist with pending student disciplinary proceedings, and we can represent students in court to challenge the unfair outcomes in these cases.

Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a civil rights violation, call Blakesley Courtney, P.C. today at (702) 608-3030 to schedule a consultation. Our consultation fee is $200, but if you retain our firm, then we will apply a credit of $250 toward your first monthly payment. Some cases will qualify for contingency fee representation where you pay no fees upfront, and pay us only a percentage of your recovery if, and only if, we successfully resolve your case.