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New York Civil Rights Lawyers Vigorously Pursue Justice

Harlem firm handles cases involving police abuse and discrimination

As a citizen, your civil rights are guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, but those rights can be abused or ignored unless you have the right legal advocate. At Giordano Law Offices PLLC in New York City, we are committed to helping clients obtain justice in a wide variety of cases. Principal Attorney Carmen Jack Giordano has been litigating matters involving police abuse, discrimination, correction officer misconduct and other improper behavior for more than 30 years. Drawing on that experience, our legal team holds authorities accountable for civil rights violations no matter where they occur.

Attorneys seek relief for victims of unlawful arrest and incarceration

When you’ve been targeted by law enforcement, civil rights abuses can cause serious, even permanent harm. From our Harlem headquarters and our other offices throughout the city, we advocate for victims of:

  • Wrongful arrest and false imprisonment — Though New York claims to have ended practices such as stop-and-frisk, some people are still arrested and sent to jail without probable cause. We’ll review your situation and determine if the proper legal foundation existed to detain you.
  • Malicious prosecution — As a former prosecutor, Carmen Jack Giordano understands when a legitimate case exists against a defendant. If you believe that the actions taken against you were not justified, our firm will stand up for your rights.
  • Excessive force, shooting, wrongful death and police assault — If you have been injured by the police whether during an arrest or while in custody or when briefly detained, and the use of force was not justified, you may have a claim to compensate you for your injuries.
  • Incarceration abuse — When someone is beaten, refused medical treatment or abused in some other way at Rikers Island, the Tombs or another detention facility, we’ll press for full legal relief.

Many people aren’t even aware of what their rights are, and those who do know are often intimidated by the prospect of fighting the system. In a free initial consultation, our firm will give you the information and confidence you need to pursue a fair result.

Proven advocates represent people harmed by police brutality

Unfortunately, excessive force is used by some members of the NYPD against suspects every day. Sometimes, this takes the form of assault and battery during a stop or arrest. In other situations, a police officer might fire their weapon improperly, resulting in serious harm or even a fatality. Our firm has a long track record of securing substantial compensation for clients in wrongful death, personal injury and civil rights ligation arising from instances of police brutality.

Skillful litigators stand up for plaintiffs who’ve faced discrimination

Being rejected for the job or home you want has a serious effect on you and your family. The pain is even worse if you’ve been victimized by discrimination due to your race, religion, ethnic background or some other personal characteristic. However, help is often available. In a short discussion, we will explain if the action taken against you amounts to a civil rights violation and, if so, our lawyers will fight to undo the injustice.

Contact a dedicated New York City civil rights lawyer for a free consultation

Giordano Law Offices PLLC litigates on behalf of New York-area clients in a wide range of civil rights matters, including cases relating to police brutality and incarceration abuse. Please call 212-406-9466 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Uptown headquarters in Harlem or our other locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Downtown Manhattan.

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    226 Lenox Ave.
    New York, New York 10027
    Phone: 212-406-9466
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Testimonials
  • "I initially hired Carmen S. Giordano in 2005 to represent Be & D, our high-end ladies accessories division, in litigation with one of our major suppliers. Mr. Giordano quickly and efficiently collected pertinent information and was able to obtain a judgment that I considered most satisfactory. I have continued to ask Mr. Giordano to represent us in domestic and some international matters. I know that I can rely on his legal advice, and I deeply appreciate his personal warmth and genuineness whenever I contact him."  -Larry Dumain

  • "Recommend Carmen Giordano?” You cannot “recommend ” a friend, you have to experience the warmth the caring, the true concern to help you with your problem . It’s an “experience ” to to hear the sound advice and how to proceed with a dilemma. Yes, Carmen is a true “trailblazer”, a “template ” for other attorneys, in his total concern for his client/friend and how to help. He is also very well supported by his staff."  -Peter Grinenko

  • "Carmen is an OUTSTANDING Lawyer. This guy really gets things done! I never met a lawyer who put in so much effort and hardwork into their cases . I met Carmen about a month ago where i had a real messy case and a month later my case was settled. I recommend him as a lawyer 100%. This guy is the real deal!"  -Mancita

  • "I have been very happy with the work Carmen has led on my behalf. He is responsive and completely reliable and trustworthy. I know I can always depend on him to make sound recommendations on my behalf. He knows the law from A to Z and stays current on changes in the law whether it’s estate planning, employment issues or legal matters for same-sex couples. He has as comfortable style which helps clients be at ease and he always takes the time to explain concepts and implications so we can arrive at informed decisions together."  -Jack T

  • "Carmen helped me fight a case against a crooked Psychiatrist named forester. We settled the case and therefore won. With the win and the money, I was able to rebuild my life to some degree. Lawyers don’t get much better than this guy. Thank You again Carmen!"  -Jon

  • "Mr. Giordano is honest, trustworthy, efficient, thorough & caring. He is professional & personable. He truly cares about his clients. I highly recommend him."  -Kim

  • "Carmen Giordano is the embodiment of everything you would hope to find in a lawyer; he is trustworthy, sincere and knows his stuff. He comes highly recommended from such a vast cross-section of people–from mutual friends at the National Action Network, to clothing designers and music producers. Having experience in such a variety of areas makes Giordano one of the most well rounded attorneys I know. I wholeheartedly recommend him because unlike some in his industry, he really looks out for you. And from the times I have been in his office, he truly represents everyone from the falsely accused in Harlem, with nowhere to turn, to big shots, including top musicians and an occasional judge."  -Michelle

  • "I highly endorse this lawyer. He has great integrity and very broad experience in litigation. He has had great success in achieving excellent results for his clients; provides vigorous and reliable representation to each client; and has excellent judgment in assessing the merits of a claim."  -Margaret King, Attorney

  • "Carmen Giordano came to my rescue when I needed it most. I was a passenger in a taxi that crashed, leaving me badly injured and unable to work or take care of my 3 children. The taxi company tried to downplay my injuries and my losses. But Carmen fought for me every step of the way in this complicated case. He understood my lost wages, and understood the strain on my family (he’s a father too). He made sure the judge understood it, too. By the the time he concluded his eloquent opening argument, the defendants quickly settled. I remain extremely grateful to Mr. Giordano."  -Lauren

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