Protecting Your Civil Rights

Our Experience With Civil Rights Litigation

The attorneys at Ogborn Mihm LLP have represented clients in some of the complex and brutally fought civil rights cases in Colorado. Our many civil rights lawsuits include those involving claims under Section 1983, Title VII, the ADA, and other civil rights statutes. We have represented the estates and families of victims of police violence. We have represented public employees who were terminated as a result of their Free Speech activities. We have represented the victims of law enforcement officers who abuse their powers. We are dedicated to the advancement of civil rights and the deterrence of unconstitutional conduct.

Generally, we represent the victims of unconstitutional conduct in federal court.

Types of Civil Rights Claims

Police Misconduct: Victims of police misconduct may be entitled to bring claims under Section 1983 for the violation of their rights. These cases often involve individual officers who overstep their powers, supervisors who cause other officers to violate the victim’s civil rights, and police departments who maintain policies and customs that cause civil rights violations.

Government Retaliation: Governmental agencies often retaliate against individuals who exercise their rights, and victims of such retaliation may have claims. This often comes up when a public employee exercises their right to Free Speech and is retaliated against for doing so.

If you believe that your civil rights have been violated by the actions of a government official call us.

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Ogborn Mihm’s Advocacy in Civil Rights Case Results in 2016 CTLA Case of the Year Nomination

Featured Cases

Police Officer is Shot and Killed by Fellow Officer –§1983 Claim for Violation of Fourth Amendment - $3.5 million Settlement. In a unique and extraordinarily difficult civil rights case, the attorneys at Ogborn Mihm represented the estate of a police officer who was shot and killed by a fellow officer. The case was vigorously defended by multiple law firms. In the end, we were able to prove that the shooting officer violated the deceased officer’s civil rights by unreasonably ignored multiple indications that the deceased was a police officer and thus posed no threat. The case settled for $3.5 million before trial. Tamara Davies, as personal representative of the Estate of James Davies, v. The City of Lakewood, Colorado, et al., Civil Action No. 14-cv-01285-RBJ-NYW, United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

Victim is Raped by Police Officer – Dismissal of Claim Upheld by the Tenth Circuit. In a particularly heartbreaking case, the attorneys at Ogborn Mihm represented a woman who was brutally raped by a police officer who had a record of sexually assaulting women he met while on duty. The officer eventually committed suicide after being criminally charged with rape and terminated. After years of litigation, the U.S. District Court dismissed the case based on the stringent proof requirements that victims must meet in order to hold supervisors and police departments liable. The court ultimately found that, despite the heinous nature of the officer’s conduct, there was not sufficient evidence that the supervisors or police department caused the rape to occur. Despite the tireless work of Ogborn Mihm’s team of attorneys, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld the dismissal, but noting the terrible and predatory nature of the officer’s conduct. Schneider v. The City of Grand Junction Police Department, et al, 717 F. 3d 760 (10th Cir. 2013).

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