Rifkin Law Office

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PRACTICE

AREAS

DISCRIMINATION &

EQUAL ACCESS

 

RLO advocates for people who have been discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or any other identity-based category. These types of cases can arise in various contexts, including access to public accommodations and services, education, and employment.

RIGHTS OF PEOPLE IN DETENTION

RLO handles civil matters for people incarcerated or formerly incarcerated in jail or prison. These include issues such as medical and mental health care, wrongful death, unreasonable or excessive use of force, religious discrimination or expression, and compassionate release.

POLICE MISCONDUCT

 

RLO represents individuals and classes in civil matters concerning actions by law enforcement officers that violate the Constitution and civil rights laws. These include issues such as unnecessary or excessive use of force, discrimination, violation of citizens’ rights to express themselves to law enforcement officers or to record conduct of law enforcement officers, and unjustified searches, seizures, or detentions.

JUVENILE JUSTICE

RLO represents juveniles in civil matters concerning the juvenile justice process. These include issues of school referrals for arrest or detention, police misconduct, failure to provide legal representation or due process in juvenile court, and conditions of confinement in detention facilities, including failure to provide appropriate services or discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or religion.

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

RLO advocates for clients whose First Amendment rights have been violated by government actors or agencies, including educational institutions. These types of claims may include issues related to denials of permits for marches or gatherings, censorship of written or artistic materials or clothing, restrictions on the ability to protest, or free exercise of religion.

EMPLOYMENT LAW

RLO represents individual employees and classes in employment matters. These types of claims may include wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or creation of a hostile work environment on the basis of race, sex, pregnancy, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, ethnicity, or other protected statuses.

 

ABOUT

Lori Rifkin, Esq.

Lori Rifkin (she/her) founded Rifkin Law Office in 2013. She has extensive experience litigating civil rights cases as an attorney in the public and private sectors, and has led numerous lawsuits to success in jury trials and settlements.

Ms. Rifkin is a former partner of the civil rights law firm Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP. She also worked as a Senior Trial Attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), focusing on matters involving jail and prison conditions, police misconduct, and juvenile justice. Ms. Rifkin also served on the Civil Rights Division’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex (LGBTI) Workgroup, advising the DOJ on LGBTI issues.

Previously, Ms. Rifkin worked as a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Unions (ACLU) of Connecticut and Southern California, an associate at the San Francisco civil rights law firm Rosen, Bien & Galvan, LLP, and an attorney at the San Francisco-based Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.

 

EDUCATION

  • New York University School of Law, Juris Doctor (JD), 2004

  • Harvard College, Bachelor of Arts (AB), 2000

BAR ADMISSIONS
Active:

  • State of California

  • Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California; District of Connecticut

  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • U.S. Supreme Court

Inactive:​

  • State of New York

  • State of Connecticut

 

RECOGNITION

  • Northern California Super Lawyers

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40; National Trial Lawyers Top 100

  • National LGBT Bar Association Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 

  • Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist


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Sairah Budhwani, Esq.

Sairah Budhwani (they/them) joined Rifkin Law Office as an associate attorney in 2020.  Sairah graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2019 with specializations in public interest law & policy and critical race studies.  After law school, they received the Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion & Resources (FAIR) fellowship to work protecting employee rights at the nonprofit Legal Aid at Work, based in San Francisco, and Alexander Morrison & Fehr, LLP, based in Los Angeles. 

 

During law school, Sairah gained civil rights litigation experience through internships at Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP.  Before attending law school, Sairah was a senior legal advocate at Urban Justice Center in New York, helping recipients of public assistance protect their benefits. 
 

EDUCATION

  • UCLA School of Law, Juris Doctor (JD), 2019

  • University of California, Irvine, Bachelor of Arts (BA), 2012

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State of California

  • Northern District of California

  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

 

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