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The Moss & Colella Law Firm

Detroit Civil Rights Attorneys

Detroit Civil Rights Lawyers

Dedicated to Serving You

Police Brutality / Excess Force

All police officers take an oath to protect and serve the citizens they represent yet within the last few years, incidents of police brutality have skyrocketed. Can the police just get away with violating a citizens civil rights? The law protects all citizens, including people accused or convicted of crimes, from violence at the hands of the police. The attorneys at Moss & Colella, P.C. provide strong representation to victims of police brutality throughout Michigan, including Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

False Arrest

Some Americans fear being accused of a crime they did not commit because of racial profiling, class stereotypes, or other forms of discrimination. In July 2015, The Washington Post reported that 1 in 25 defendants sentenced to death are innocent. Organizations like the “Innocence Project”, founded in 1992, began DNA testing defendants to prove they were not guilty of the crime they were imprisoned for. This organization has improved the judicial system, but there are more options for the wrongfully accused.

Employment Discrimination

Have you or a loved one faced discrimination or harassment in the workplace? Michigan has a history of strong organized labor, state and federal laws they often tend to work only in favor of the employer. The law requires victims of discrimination and harassment in workplace to jump through hoops before they can bring a lawsuit to enforce their civil rights. This can pose a serious challenge to employees who have been subject to hostile work environments, wrongful termination, or other adverse employment action.

The Moss & Colella Law Firm

Detroit Civil Rights Lawyers

Our law firm handles all types of civil rights cases for people in Detroit and throughout Michigan. Time and time again, we see that these cases are caused by negligence, racism, abuse, and simply carelessness of our fellow Americans. No matter what caused a civil rights case we can get to the bottom of it. Our team of lawyers, investigators and experts are here to help you build a strong case designed to get results. If you or a loved one has been a victim of discrimination, police brutality, or any other form of civil rights discrimination, we are ready to go to work for you. Our sympathetic lawyers are on your side.

The Moss & Colella Law Firm

We Know How to Win Civil Rights Cases

We have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. The damage awards we have obtained are a result of hard, exhaustive work on behalf of the lawyers who are fighting for their client. We known what it takes to obtain the compensation you deserve. We take pride in the fact our success has led to recognition.

In fact, when other lawyers have a heavy work load, the cases are particularly complicated or unique or they aren’t comfortable taking a case to trial, these attorneys send their cases to us.

Michigan Civil Rights Facts

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The evolution of civil rights in America has a long and storied history comprehensively chronicled by the media and independent authors alike. The legal system has been the instrument by which civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela have waged war on discrimination and inequality.

Detroit has its own unique civil rights history, one marred with riots, white flight, civil disturbance and segregation.   While progress has been made, the struggle exists for those impoverished by bigotry, racism and oppression.   The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) was created in 1965 in an effort to prevent discrimination through educational programs and promotion of voluntary compliance. The MDCR is the state agency empowered to investigate claims of harassment and discrimination.  Under state and federal law, the protected members of our citizenry may not be discriminated against in education, employments, housing or public accommodation on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, age, gender, national origin or disabilities.   Unfortunately, despite measurable advancements – – our society is replete with intolerance, racism, bigotry and unconscionable views of minorities.   It is these views and underlying mindsets that shape and perpetrate discriminatory conduct.

David Moss and Vince Colella have been at the forefront of civil rights litigation in Michigan for more than 20 years. The firm was established on the principles of equality and justice for all. While other firms shy away from difficult and politically incorrect cases, the Civil Rights attorneys of Moss & Colella have stood up and for the impoverished, disenfranchised, abused and homeless.

The attorneys at Moss & Colella are widely recognized as Detroit’s Civil Rights Law Firm for the following forms of discrimination

  • Age Discrimination
  • Handicap Discrimination
  • Sexual Assault, Discrimination or Harassment
  • Police Misconduct, Excess or Deadly Force
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Cyberbullying
  • Educational Discrimination or Harassment
  • School Accidents or Injuries

Our Attorneys

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Senior Partner and Principal Shareholder and Co-Founder
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Associate Attorney
Victor Balta
Associate Attorney
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Verdicts & Settlements

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Police Shooting

Officers were called to the home of a man suspected of an overdose. The man refused medical care. Officers at the scene became verbally aggressive in their commands, prompting the man to physically resist their attempts to transport him to a hospital. The officers allege that the man threw a karate style kick and began to choke one of the officers while the other fired his weapon at the man in defense of his fellow officer. As a result, the man suffered a gun-shot wound to the abdomen and nerve damage in his leg. The defense offered $5,000.00 prior to trial. Jury Verdict:

 $495,000

Sexual Harassment

At a national restaurant chain, a female kitchen staff employee was a victim of sexual harassment. This harassment ultimately forced her to quit her job when the employer failed to take the necessary measures to stop this harassment. The verdict was:

 $100,000

 

Jail Death

Death & Negligence should never be used in the same sentence when it comes to talking about our criminal justice system. In this case, failure to properly house a mentally ill inmate, resulted in inmate on inmate assault ultimately leading to an inmate death. The settlement was:

 $600,000

 

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Client Testimonials

  • “Words can not express how grateful I am for the outcome of this case. It was truly a blessing to have this resolved sooner than expected. But without your help and my faith in your firm along with my faith on God, this may not have been possible. I appreciate everything you have done in orchestrating everything to this resolve, for your time and effort meant the world to me. I thank my friend for putting me in touch with such a talented group of people. You will always be considered my attorneys of choice for anything that comes up in the future that would render your services. This year has definitely been many blessings so far and I welcome many more to come. Thank you again for everything and may you continue to be blessed.”

    Janene
    Mother of Client
  • “I am very relieved and very happy with the outcome. I appreciate everything you and your firm did to see this through and I will be grateful for that always. You all came highly recommended and now I see why based on what you did in helping my son through a very challenging moment in his life. We will always be your fans:) Thank you again and may you always be Blessed…”

    Client
    Mother of Client
  • I do not only count on you as one bad ass lawyer, but also a friend. None of this would be possible without you. My deepest gratitude to you, Vic and all of the Moss & Colella team.

    Actual Client
  • I just wanted to thank you for putting your time and effort into my case. You did a wonderful job last Thursday. You are what people say you are, a wonderful lawyer.

    Adam
  • Very few people on this earth impress me. You are one of the very few. My family and I thank you for all you did. You are a good man!

    Jason
  • Other law firms would not take my case, they said it was too complicated. But David Moss took my case and got the result I was looking for in almost no time at all. I’m glad I didn’t listen to those other lawyers.

    Actual Client

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