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Civil Rights Attorney

Civil Rights Attorney

New York Civil Rights Attorney

$7.15 Millionfor wrongful death of a father of two and damages for injured victims when police fired a 50-shot barrage

The skilled attorneys at Brooklyn-based law firm Rubenstein & Rynecki have more than 30 years of experience fighting to protect victims of criminal civil rights violations that include—

  • Hate crimes such as beatings and cross burnings
  • Human trafficking
  • Police misconduct and abuse
  • Interference with the right to exercise religious practices
  • Vote suppression or interfering with the right of any group to vote
  • Destruction of religious property
  • Using force to prevent access to a reproductive health care facility
  • Hate speech

The Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reported that in 2008, there were 7,783 hate crimes motivated by intolerance. These criminal civil rights violations are investigated and prosecuted by the FBI, as well as state and local civil rights law enforcement units.

We protect victims of hate crimes

In New York City, which is a melting pot of many nationalities and cultures from around the world, the most common targets of hate crime and prejudice are the following groups:


  • African-Americans
  • Latinos
  • Gays and lesbians
  • Caribbean immigrants
  • Hassidic Jewish people
  • Asians

Hate speech directed against these groups is unfortunately a common occurrence. While the Constitution protects freedom of speech, it prohibits free speech in certain instances, such as inciting imminent lawless action or committing slander. If someone takes free speech a step further and uses force or the threat of force against another based on a bias against his or her skin color, cultural differences, or any other personal trait, this constitutes a criminal civil rights violation.

A highly qualified New York civil rights lawyer can fight civil rights violations

The highly qualified New York civil rights attorneys Sanford Rubenstein and Scott Rynecki, of the New York-based law firm of Rubenstein and Rynecki, have decades of successful experience defending victims of hate crimes and other civil rights violations. Their track record of fighting for justice includes multi-million dollar settlements in civil rights legal cases, as well as personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases. They apply every provision under NY civil rights law to protect your rights through tough negotiations and do not hesitate to take violators to court if that is what it takes to obtain justice.

Contact us today

If you or someone you know was the victim of a hate crime, or your New York civil rights were violated, you may be able to take legal action to seek compensatory damages and fight for your basic civil and human rights. If you are looking for a New York civil rights attorney, the Brooklyn-based law firm of Rubenstein and Rynecki is prepared to fight for you, and if there is no recovery, there is no fee. Please contact us today by calling 800-447-HURT or fill out our online contact form.

Case Results

  • $62 million verdict

    $62 million verdict for medical malpractice causing double amputation

  • $22.9 million verdict

    $22.9 million verdict (reduced on appeal) for a motorcyclist struck by a milk truck in Queens

  • $17.9 million

    $17.9 million for medical malpractice causing amputation of hands and feet