Todd & Weld regularly represents individuals and entities who have been the victim of harassment, coercion, intimidation, physical violence, or discrimination based on age, disability, medical condition, national origin, sex, race, ethnicity, or religion. Equally as important, our attorneys represent individuals whose constitutional rights have been violated by the government, the police, and others.
We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality legal services to our civil rights clients, while at the same time promoting social justice through the vigorous enforcement of our federal and state constitution and civil rights laws.
In addition to the firm’s Employment Law and Litigation practice, we represent clients in cases involving:
- Discrimination, harassment and hate crimes
- First Amendment freedom of speech, expression, and religion
- Fair housing
- Public accommodations
- Prisoner rights
- Police misconduct and brutality
- Prosecutorial misconduct
- Due process and equal protection violations and other constitutional claims
- Unlawful arrest, detention, entry, search and seizure
- Racial profiling
Together with lawyers in the firm's Criminal Defense practice group, our commitment to constitutional and civil rights also includes representing wrongfully convicted individuals in post-conviction litigation, including motions for new trial, federal habeas corpus proceedings, and death penalty cases. David Meier, formerly the Chief of Homicide in the Suffolk County (Boston) District Attorney's Office, has been nationally recognized for his work in the area of wrongful convictions and his commitment to the rights of crime victims and their families. Mr. Meier serves on the Board of Trustees of the New England Innocence Project, a litigation and public policy organization dedicated to the exoneration of wrongfully convicted defendants and the reformation of the criminal justice system.
Howard M. Cooper, a Founding Partner of the firm, serves on the ACLU of Massachusetts Board of Directors, and was named 2019 Civil Rights Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Boston by Best Lawyers in America.
Nick Carter, a partner at the firm, has secured multiple seven-figure recoveries on behalf of clients in various race and gender discrimination lawsuits against municipalities and other organizations.
Todd & Weld lawyers regularly participate on panels and speak in the area of civil rights, and have been recognized consistently by various organizations for their commitment to and success in civil rights work.