Rifkin Law Office
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Lori Rifkin, Esq.
Lori Rifkin 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.
New York University School of Law, Juris Doctor (JD), 2004
Harvard College, Bachelor of Arts (AB), 2000
State of California
Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California; District of Connecticut
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
State of New York
State of Connecticut
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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