WE ARE NEW YORK'S CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYERS
IN OUR DECADES OF EXPERIENCE, WE'VE OBTAINED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN COMPENSATION FOR NEW YORKERS.
HERE'S WHAT SETS US APART:
Unlike other firms, H&F's partners spent years defending the NYPD in the federal courts. We know how they think and how to stay one step ahead.
SMALL FIRM ENERGY
We choose our clients carefully and we treat them well. We're with you from the first meeting to the last handshake (or hug). We care, and that will be obvious.
We win trials and get big settlements for our clients. When our wins are appealed, we win the appeals too.
BIG FIRM RESOURCES
Civil rights cases can be expensive, especially the way we litigate them. We have the resources to give every case we take the attention it deserves.
recent new york times coverage
FROM OUR BLOG
In a cover story in today's New York Times, reporters tackle the problem of police perjury, telling the story of a detective indicted for false statements earlier this year. H&F sued the detective in two recent cases, winning settlements for our clients.
In District of Columbia v. Wesby, 15-145, the Supreme Court revisited the legal doctrine of qualified immunity, which shields police officers when their conduct does not violate a citizen's clearly established rights. In theory, it leaves liable only the plainly incompetent and those who knowingly violate the law. In practice, it's a bit more complicated.
Planned by partner Baree N. Fett, the discussion panel was held August 1st at 500 Pearl Street and featured partner Gabriel P. Harvis as a panelist along with SDNY ADR Chief Rebecca Price and others. Wiley Stecklow moderated.
H&F successfully moved for sanctions before EDNY Magistrate Judge the Hon. Cheryl L. Pollak following defense counsel's egregious deposition conduct. The City will need to pay plaintiff's attorney's fees and costs associated with the deposition, and to reproduce the witness for further questioning.
An article in today's New York Times reveals that top DOC officials were allegedly spying on DOI investigators when they were speaking with inmates on Rikers.
The Queens DA announced the indictment of Detectives Desormeau and Neve in connection with their arrest of firm client Roosevelt McCoy.
Today the firm announced a $425,000 settlement in a jail abuse case challenging the culture of corruption within the Department of Correction.
Felony charges involving perjury and official misconduct were lodged against NYPD detectives involving an incident in New York County. The indicted officers are defendants in an unrelated federal lawsuit being handled by the firm regarding an incident that occured in Queens.
The Court described the City's motion as one that "should never have been made in the first place. "
Our firm, along with co-counsel Gideon Oliver and Michael Warren, successfully negotiated a settlement in this case, which involved serious allegations of brutality.