Know Your Rights.

Civil Rights Litigation

Driven by the pursuit of justice.

Civil Rights litigation and in particular claims against law enforcement officials for excessive use of force and for other abuses are a specialized area of the law governed in large part by Federal Law. These claims generally difficult to pursue and costly because police agencies are generally well defended, and are often in control of much of the needed evidence. Because law enforcement generally defends these cases strenuously, denies wrongdoing in most instances, and many of these cases are the subject of complex legal pleadings and practice, and often go to trial. Unlike more typical types of liability cases, claims against police officers or agencies demand specialized knowledge, and usually involve the use of expert witnesses.

Federal law provides that a successful civil rights claim can bring with it a separate award for punitive damages, in particularly abusive situations, as well as a separate award of attorneys fees.

Since 1992 Philip Russell LLC has successfully litigated dozens of civil rights cases, and has handled every aspect of these types of claims from investigation and preparation, through trial and appeals, with a good track record of recovery. The firm has recovered substantial sums against police departments in Fairfield County, in Westchester County, and in New York City.

Lastly, if we accept your case, you have nothing to pay up front; our fee will come out of the settlement or jury verdict, and only at that time can we be paid.

If you or a loved one are the victim of police brutality or feel you have a civil rights claim, do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a FREE consultation. We are available 24 hours a day seven days a week to assist you with your legal emergency. Do not hesitate to contact us at 1(203) 661-4200.

Experience you can count on.


More than 30 years of trial experience in both state and federal courts.


our firm has represented thousands of individuals and families in state and federal courts; securing millions of dollars in compensation.


powerful defense for connecticut & New York's criminally charged.


our firm has tried to juries cases of homocide, manslaughter, narcotics sales, assault, robbbery, embezzlement, larceny, tax fraud, sexual assautl, risk of injury, drunk driving, vehicular homicide, and fraud.


experience you can count on when you need it.


Many law firms advertising on the internet are not local, and many have little to no trial experience.  They often use contract attorneys with even less experience.  We are a real firm with real results and a reputation for being experienced and committed trial litigators since 1993. 

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