Civil Rights and Governmental Law


Carter Conboy’s Civil Rights and Governmental Law Practice Group has decades of experience representing government and municipal clients, in federal and state courts.  In a time of increased government scrutiny and enforcement actions, our Practice Group lawyers stand ready to intervene at the inception of any and all legal process, including requests for preliminary injunctions, pre-claim loss control through trial, and post-trial consent decrees, in defense of claims involving constitutional issues, civil rights statutes, and state tort liability.  We are thoroughly familiar with the often complex federal laws, state laws, regulations, and procedural and substantive rules, and the government institutions that enforce them, that govern civil rights and torts claims, such as claims founded under 42 U.S.C. §1983 and §1985, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as well as many others which expose municipalities, entities and officials to liability.

Moreover, we stand ready to provide an independent, thoughtful and forceful defense to individual members of law enforcement that become the targets of grand jury investigations and, ultimately, criminal charges.

Our Practice Group lawyers have successfully represented police departments, police officers and personnel, fire districts, ambulance districts, public colleges and universities, school districts, governmental agencies, governmental officials, governmental employees, state agencies, various municipalities, New York State, counties, cities, towns, villages, and private entities that provide governmental services for and on behalf of governmental agencies.  We understand the intricacies of working with government officials and employees, corporation counsel, in-house counsel, claims counsel, and risk management personnel. We employ practical strategies and techniques including targeted discovery and depositions, early motion practice, and expert witnesses and trial strategies to effectively resolve our cases and obtain the very best outcome for our clients.  We also represent our clients before administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor, Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, Division of Human Rights, and the State Inspector General.

Our lawyers have also represented government entities, employers and officials in inter and intra governmental investigations.

We defend clients who are accused of the allegations which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Excessive Force
  • False Arrest
  • False Imprisonment
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Police or Official Misconduct
  • Public Policy Violations
  • Unlawful Search and Seizure
  • Wrongful Conviction
  • Wrongful Death
  • Due Process
  • Assault and Battery
  • Failure to Provide Medical Care
  • Police Shootings and Taser Incidents
  • Invasion of Privacy

We also counsel our clients on a variety of risk management issues, including best practices and strategies for handling unfolding events and mitigating potential lawsuits.  This includes issues involving the public’s increasing access to information and evidence by way of social media, such as the posting of photographs, videos, and audio records to websites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Furthermore, we provide our public and private sector clients with legal services related to the following issues:

  • Labor and Employment
  • Municipal Resolutions, Budgets and Contracts
  • Ordinances
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Zoning and Planning
  • Insurance Interpretation and Disputes
  • Counseling
  • Eminent Domain
  • Legislation
  • Levy and Bond Issues
  • Permits and Licenses
  • Property Acquisition and Sale
  • Statutory Interpretation and Enforcement