Civil Rights

At Garmey Law, we believe that civil rights are intended to protect everyone, equally — no matter their race, religion, age, gender, or sexual orientation. We handle all types of civil rights matters, including wrongful convictions, police misconduct, employment discrimination, prisoner abuse, and Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) cases. We have experience going up against government opponents through all stages of litigation, from the initiation of a lawsuit through discovery, trial, and appeal.  When it comes to protecting the civil rights of our clients, we aren’t afraid to fight powerful defendants.

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Types of Civil Rights Cases

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Workplace Discrimination
  • Excessive Force and Police Brutality
  • Police Shootings
  • Prisoner’s Rights
  • Wrongful Convictions
  • Prisoner’s Rights
  • Wrongful Detention
  • False Arrest
  • First Amendment


We represent plaintiffs on a contingency basis, which means that you will not pay anything unless we win your case. Initial consultation and evaluation of your case are always free. Contact us to find out how we can help.

Commonly Asked Questions

Our attorneys don’t get paid unless you win your case. Contact us for a free, no-cost consultation. We would be happy to dive into your legal issue and let you know how we can help.

Each case is different, and we will need a chance to get to know yours. Civil rights cases are unique, and there may be ways to recover costs and attorneys’ fees, increasing your recovery. Rest assured, if we take your case we’ll leave no stone unturned to make sure we get you what you deserve.

Yes. Our laws recognize that non-citizens are an important contribution to our society, and allow a person injured here to file a lawsuit, regardless of his or her citizenship. Although immigrants do not have the right to vote and run for some public offices, they do have important fundamental rights provided by the United States Constitution – including the rights to free speech and religion, the right to a fair trial, and the right to be free from government interference and discrimination.

Case Studies

  • $1.2 million dollar settlement in civil rights lawsuit alleging that a prison and medical needs when they failed to evaluate the cause of serious back pain and missed diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess, leading to paraplegia.
  • $50,000 settlement for two siblings who were wrongfully detained in their apartment as the result of a faulty search warrant.
  • Successful appeal and confidential settlement of professor Lara Carlson’s lawsuit against the University of New England, which alleged that she had been retaliated against after complaining of sexual harassment.
  • Garmey Law attorney David Kreisler secured one of Maine’s largest verdicts in a civil rights case, $1.557 million, on behalf of his client.