Civil Rights

Civil Rights

All of the lawyers in the firm have substantial experience defending civil rights claims in state and federal court. A focus of our practice has been raising immunity and other legal defenses in support of dismissal of civil rights cases on motion or appeal.

Claims We Defend

  • Claims by patients and inmates for deliberate indifference in their care or treatment
  • Claims by public employees for discrimination, retaliation, or violations of constitutional rights
  • Due process and other constitutional or statutory claims by beneficiaries of public programs
  • Claims for false arrest, pursuit, excessive force and other claims against law enforcement

Example Cases

Mr. Tardif represented the state in a leading case holding that public employee speech on matters of public interest is not protected by the Constitution if the speech is primarily related to the employee’s personal job issues. Wilson v. State, 84 Wn. App. 332 (1996).

Mr. Tardif successfully defended a county sheriff’s office against claims that arrests of labor protesters for train blocking violated speech rights. International Longshore and Warehouse Union v. Nelson, et al., No. 13-35364 (9th Cir. 2015).

Mr. Freimund has successfully defended First Amendment retaliation claims, including in White v. State, 131 Wn.2d 1 (1997). He also has defended social workers and police officers in civil rights claims. See, for example, Devereaux v. Abbey, 263 F.3d 1070 (9th Cir. 2001) and Spencer v. Peters, 857 F.3d 789 (9th Cir. 2017).

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