Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North attorneys have been counseling and defending public entities in civil rights matters for nearly 25 years. Specializing in litigation, we have successfully defended civil rights claims brought against public officials, public employees, fire and EMT personnel, police departments and personnel, correctional facilities and staff members, correctional medical facilities and staff members, zoning boards, school districts and education professionals, among others. Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North lawyers have also worked with insurance carriers, self-insured municipalities and joint self-insurance pools in these matters. Our civil rights capabilities include claims arising out of Sections 1981, 1983 and 1985 of corresponding civil rights acts; the First, Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments; false arrest, false imprisonment and excessive force; cruel and unusual punishment and inmate medical needs; procedural and substantive due process; equal protection; discrimination; disabilities; fair education and fair housing; municipal policies, training and supervision; immigration; freedom of speech, association and religion; and a range of other civil rights issues.
Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North’s civil rights specialty includes:
• Collective Bargaining Agreements
• Cruel and Unusual Punishment
• Discrimination in the Workplace
• Eighth Amendment
• Equal Protection
• Excessive Force
• False Arrest
• False Imprisonment
• First Amendment
• Fourteenth Amendment
• Fourth Amendment
• Freedom of Speech, Association and Religion
• Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act
• Inmate Medical Needs
• Land Use, Zoning and Condemnation
• Local and State Tort Claims Acts
• Municipal Policies, Training and Supervision
• Police Chase
• Procedural and Substantive Due Process
• Public Officials Liability
• Recreational Use Claims
• Religious Land Use and Institutionalized
• Section 1981
• Section 1983
• Section 1985
Clients of Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North also benefit from our litigators’ collective experience in a variety of other practice areas such as governmental liability, labor and employment law and immigration reform litigation. Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North attorneys bring their combined experience to bear in shaping effective, cost-efficient solutions for our clients. For each matter we handle we provide personal attention from senior litigators during all phases of representation and deliver exceptional, responsive service at a reasonable cost. In short, we strive to craft and deliver a superior product.
Should your organization be in need of sound legal services, please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.
Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North maintains offices in Center City Philadelphia, Media, PA and Haddonfield, N.J. Our lawyers are active litigators throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and beyond. We are proud of our outstanding reputation and record.
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