Civil Rights

As citizens we all have inherent rights that the government must uphold.  When the government or a government agent violates your rights and you are injured as a result, the government can and should be held responsible.  The experienced trial attorneys at Cooper Sevillano can help you assert your rights and obtain just compensation in the face of government misconduct.


School Abuse


We trust that our children will be safe when at school.  Unfortunately sometimes teachers, administrators or other school personnel violate this trust.  If your child has been sexually abused, subjected to excessive force or discipline or has been discriminated against at school, we at Cooper Sevillano can assist you in bringing a civil rights action.  We know that the safety and well being of your children is of paramount concern and will aggressively fight to make sure that when school officials engage in abuse and misconduct they are held fully responsible.


Police  Misconduct


Police officers have a duty to serve and protect.  When they engage in misconduct or abuse the entire community suffers.  If you or someone you love has been injured or killed due to police misconduct such as  brutality or excessive force, unlawful use of deadly force or unlawful or abusive arrest, we at Cooper Sevillano can assist you with your claim.  We believe that victims of police brutality or abuse should be fully compensated.  We hope that by aggressively pursuing such claims we will deter future violations of the public trust and make the community a safer place.


Prisoner Rights


If you or a family member is incarcerated or are in a state mental health facility, you have rights.  When prison officials fail to keep inmates safe or engage in abuse, the consequences may be dire.  Correction officers may engage in excessive force.  Prison personnel may fail to diagnose or treat serious psychiatric illnesses.  The institution may fail to prevent suicide.   We believe that prison officials must be held responsible when they violate inmate rights.  Such suits can lead to positive future change in the prison system.



Claims Handled on a Contingency Basis


Remember that all of our cases are handled on a contingency-fee basis which means we are only paid when we win a case and recover money for our clients.  If you believe that your rights or those of a family member have been violated, please don’t hesitate to call us for a free, no obligation, confidential consultation at  (203) 366-0660 or email us at


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