Protecting your Constitutionally guaranteed rights as a citizen

Civil rights means those rights that protect the freedom of individuals from undue interference by the government or by other private citizens. Civil rights encompasses a wide range of freedoms contained in both the United States Constitution and the Pennsylvania Constitution as well as from statutes and other laws.


Civil rights litigation requires care

Overreaching by government agencies. Most government agencies are run with good intentions; however, sometimes they overstep their authority. A government agency might conduct a harassing and biased investigation, revoke a person's professional license without following the rules, or publicly defame a citizen without first giving the citizen a right to clear his name. If you think that you have been harmed by a government agency not following the rules, call the Mizner Law Firm for a consultation.

Excessive force claims

The vast majority of law enforcement officers are good, honest people who are willing to put themselves in danger to protect their communities. There are a few law enforcement officers, however, who break the rules and use more force than the law allows against citizens. At the Mizner Law Firm, we believe that law enforcement officers who break the rules should be held accountable both to compensate their victims and to let others know that there are consequences to violating the law. If you or somebody you love has been the victim of excessive force by a law enforcement officer, contact us today for a consultation.



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A look at our legal work

Every lawsuit is started when the person bringing the lawsuit, the plaintiff, files a complaint. Here is a look at some of the complaints we have filed in our civil rights cases:

Arneault v. O'Toole, W.D.Pa. No. 1:11-cv-00095: A developer and a former gaming executive filed suit against various officials of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and non-governmental conspirators for violations of First Amendment, substantive and procedural due process, and other rights.

Santiago v. Housing Authority of the City of Erie, W.D.Pa. No. 1:12-cv-00074: The estate of a tenant sued the Housing Authority alleging that the tenant succumbed to injuries suffered as a result of the Housing Authority's failure to make appropriate accommodations for various disabilities from which the tenant suffered.


In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
— Albert Einstein