Virginia Civil Rights Attorneys

Award-Winning Attorneys Fighting to Protect Civil Rights

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

These words from our Declaration of Independence are the bedrock upon which our Nation was built.  The principles expressed are embodied in the Bill of Rights, Amendments to our Constitution enacted “to prevent misconstruction or abuse of powers” of our government against its citizens.  These rights are secured to all of us, regardless of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation or national origin, and when they are denied to any of us true liberty and justice are denied for all of us.

The attorneys at Breit Cantor have been fighting for the civil rights of our clients for over 40 years.  As long as those in positions of authority and power continue to abuse the rights of those they are entrusted to serve and protect our fight will continue.  While there is no such thing as a “small” or “minor” deprivation of civil rights, Breit Cantor focuses its experience and resources on cases of state and national significance – those cases capable of changing the underlying and systemic causes of governmental harm and discrimination.  Those cases primarily include:

  • Police Misconduct and Excessive Force: The majority of our law enforcement agencies and officers are dedicated, compassionate, committed public servants who do their best each day to make their communities better.  Unfortunately there are bad police officers, and bad agencies that employ them and permit, if not endorse, reprehensible conduct against the citizens they are sworn to protect.  Those officers and agencies have to be held accountable for their actions and the harms they cause. 
  • Prisoner Rights Deprivations: The U.S. is a world leader in punishment by incarceration.  When we as a society have determined that a person’s crimes merit the loss of their liberty we have an obligation to provide for their health, safety and welfare.  Prisoners suffering from medical emergencies cannot simply get in a car and go to an emergency room or even call 911 on their own.  When a prisoner is denied those basic rights and care, whether by callousness, institutional policies or improper/inadequate staffing, serious harm and death is too often the result.  Breit Cantor selectively accepts prisoner rights deprivation cases when those cases arise from agency policies and procedures that are likely to cause harm to other prisoners unless widespread change occurs. 
  • Institutional Discrimination:  Governmental agencies, localities, businesses and other institutions do not always treat everyone equally.  Discrimination that deprives individuals of their rights based on that person’s race, sex, sexual orientation and national origin happen every day.  When those deprivations are pervasive and systemic it can harm entire communities.  Those cases of widespread institutional discrimination are Breit Cantor’s focus as they present the best opportunity to effect real societal change.

Call (855) 212-8200 for a free case consultation—our lawyers can help you determine if you have a case and what you can do about it.

Why Choose Breit Cantor?

With more than 150 million-dollar and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements in our firm’s history, our Virginia civil rights lawyers have the experience and skill to hold wrongdoers accountable in court. Our investigations leave no stone unturned, and we hire experts in order to build a compelling case on your behalf. We will fight to protect the rights of our clients.

Our awards, accolades, and accomplishments include:

  • Best Lawyers®
  • Super Lawyers®
  • Selection for lists designating our lawyers among the top 1% in Virginia and top 100 in Virginia
  • Hundreds of millions won for our clients in verdicts and settlements

Proving that your rights were violated and that discrimination occurred might be difficult without the proper experience and resources. However, thanks to our team approach, we have the ability to invest the resources your case requires to gather compelling evidence—presenting it simply, clearly, and powerfully to a jury or judge.

Call (855) 212-8200 for a free case consultation with our civil rights lawyers. We are located in Richmond and Virginia Beach.

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Experience The Breit Cantor Difference

  • Long tradition of success in court.
  • Over 300 years of combined legal experience.
  • Attorneys have been recognized among the most experienced trial lawyers in Virginia and the country.
  • Dedicated to providing our clients with the attention they deserve from start to finish.
  • No recovery, no legal fee!
  • Leadership roles in the legal community.
  • Secured some of the largest settlements in Virginia history.