Webster Szanyi LLP’s civil rights law practice group regularly helps local municipalities and police agencies successfully defend federal court claims involving constitutional rights and obligations. Webster Szanyi has successfully tried constitutional claims to verdict, such as a claim involving unlawful strip search against a police department, and a claim by an inmate against corrections officers of failure to protect.   In addition, Webster Szanyi has successfully represented municipal entities and individuals in claims involving search and seizure, freedom of speech, failure to protect, excessive force, due process, false arrest, equal protection and malicious prosecution. Webster Szanyi attorneys are well versed on the complex issues of qualified and absolute immunity.

Webster Szanyi attorneys regularly train and lecture law enforcement agencies on use of force, use of force policies and procedures, the evolving law on the use of electronic control devices, and claim avoidance. Webster Szanyi LLP is counsel of choice for the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal in Western New York with respect to claims involving civil rights and law enforcement liability policies, as well as the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal with respect to civil rights claims of teachers and/or students.

Webster Szanyi attorneys strive to resolve civil rights claims at the earliest opportunity, often making motions to dismiss and asserting either qualified or absolute immunity. However, to the extent that the specific issues for any given matter require that the case be taken to trial, Webster Szanyi attorneys have the trial experience necessary to successfully try the case to a jury through verdict, and appeal.

Representative Cases

 Boyde v. Mignano, 6:08-CV-06242-CJS (4/8/2014) (Jury verdict in favor of defendants corrections officers on failure to protect claim)

Fisher v. City of Corning, 6:04-CV-6455 (W.D.N.Y. 10/11/2007) (Jury verdict in favor of defendants on claim of unlawful strip search)

Osborne v. County of Seneca, 2014 WL 2560582 (W.D.N.Y. 2014) (Dismissal of malicious prosecution claim)

Hueber v. Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, et al., 2014 WL 2047763 (W.D.N.Y. 2014) (Dismissal of unlawful search and seizure claims)

Foos v. Monroe-II Orleans BOCES, 2014 WL 122408 (W.D.N.Y. 2014) (Dismissal of plaintiff’s due process and age discrimination claims)

Priemogenito v. Erie-1 BOCES, 2013 WL 5488455 (W.D.N.Y. 2013) (Dismissal of ADEA and ADA and New York State Human Rights Law claims)

Palmer v. Penfield Central School District, 918 F.Supp.2d 192 (W.D.N.Y. 2013) (Dismissal of Title VII retaliation claim against school district)

For more information, contact:

Michael McClaren (mmcclaren@websterszanyi.com)
Ted Graney  (tgraney@websterszanyi.com)