Civil Rights Defense

At KBM, we recognize law enforcement is one of the most important and sensitive services any governmental entity can provide. 

It is also a frequent target of litigation.  The veteran attorneys of our Police Liability/Civil Rights Team have represented over 100 police agencies, and have tried hundreds of cases to verdict, covering all aspects of police services in all levels of state and federal courts including the United States Supreme Court.  Our team defends the full range of police liability cases, from routine arrests and low-level uses of force, to high-speed pursuits, to high-profile shooting incidents. 

We represent law enforcement personnel and their agencies, including top level command staff as well as jail/correctional staff.  We also have extensive experience representing large scale multi-jurisdiction special operations teams.

The best litigation strategy begins well before a lawsuit is ever filed, with effective training, intelligent policy development, and strategic risk management.  Our attorneys are extensively published in the area of police liability, and are sought-after lecturers on civil rights, constitutional law, and law enforcement policy and procedure.  We provide training for all levels of law enforcement personnel, in all areas of law enforcement policy and operations.  Sessions can be individually tailored to your department’s specific needs.

Our attorneys are not only experienced litigators, but are also savvy policy analysts.  We offer full review of existing operational policy, identify potential litigation pitfalls, and advise on policy implementation and development.

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“KBM was great. They were incredibly driven, smart, and aggresive in handling our case. If you want to win, hire Keating, Bucklin and McCormack.”

JOHN SMITH,HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER