Civil + Constitutional Rights Litigation

The attorneys at Taylor & Knight have built a strong reputation for successfully litigating complex and high-stakes civil and constitutional rights cases for plaintiffs and defendants throughout Tennessee. The attorneys at Taylor & Knight have a deep understanding of the complicated legal issues that so often arise in civil and constitutional rights cases.

We frequently represent governmental and non-governmental entities in Section 1983 actions ranging from alleged substantive and procedural due process violations to retaliation cases involving the exercise of First Amendment rights. Our firm has also represented plaintiffs in claims against state actors for constitutional rights violations in the areas of de facto takings of property without just compensation, unequal enforcement of governmental regulations and licenses, and other constitutional torts.

In summary, the attorneys at Taylor & Knight have successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide-range of complex civil and constitutional rights cases across the State of Tennessee. More importantly, our lawyers are strong and compelling courtroom advocates with the skills and experience necessary to handle a diverse range of cases involving federal, state and local civil rights statutes and protections, including, but not limited to:

Civil + Constitutional Cases

  • Constitutional and Statutory Claims
    • Cruel and Unusual Punishment Claims under the Eighth Amendment
    • Denial of Medical Care Claims under the Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
    • Due Process Claims
    • Equal Protection Claims
    • Establishment Clause Violations
    • Excessive Force Claims
    • First Amendment Claims
    • Fundamental Rights Claims
    • Religious Expression Claims
    • Section 1983 Civil Rights Claims
    • Section 1985 Conspiracy to Interfere with Civil Rights Claims
    • Unreasonable Search and Seizure Claims
  • Abuse of Process
  • Civil Conspiracy
  • Defamation (libel and slander)
  • Discrimination
  • False Arrest
  • Government Ethics, Misconduct, Fraud and Abuse
  • Hazing
  • Invasion of privacy (false light, intrusion into private affairs, etc.)
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Police Misconduct
  • Various State Civil and Constitutional Rights Statutes
    • Tennessee Human Rights Act
    • Tennessee Open Records Act, Open Meetings Act & Sunshine Laws
    • Tennessee Teacher Tenure Act
  • Voting Rights

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