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More Than 75 Years of Experience Litigating Federal and State Civil Rights and Governmental Liability Cases

The lawyers in our Civil Rights & Governmental Liability Practice Group defend governmental entities facing potential liability in a broad range of matters, including litigation under the United States Constitution, the United States Code (federal statutes), and the Mississippi Tort Claims Act (MTCA).  Our success is easily documented by the number of reported decisions in both federal and state courts. 

Litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 involves navigating a labyrinth of procedural and substantive rules and defenses.  This litigation is based on underlying constitutional rights that are continually revisited by the United States Supreme Court and lower appellate and trial courts. Daniel Coker’s attorneys are proficient at keeping abreast of relevant interpretive changes and using them to benefit our clients.

Most state law claims against Mississippi governmental bodies must be brought under the MTCA, which codifies the common law principle of governmental immunity and provides a limited waiver of that immunity.  Daniel Coker was at the forefront of litigating MTCA cases from the inception of Tort Claims Act in the early 1990’s, and the positive results for our clients continues through the present.  Stated simply, our experience with the MTCA among defense firms is unmatched.

When serving as defense counsel in litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the MTCA, we work hand-in-hand with public officials, governmental employees, and board attorneys to understand the issues and develop defense strategies appropriate for each particular case. We take an aggressive approach and work diligently to achieve prompt, positive results so our clients can focus on the important responsibilities that they were elected or appointed to do.  Whether it is a jury trial, bench trial, or alternative dispute resolution, Daniel Coker is your firm for civil rights and governmental liability. 

Reported Cases

  • Alford v. City of Wiggins, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33093 (S.D. Miss. March 8, 2017)
  • Conyers v. George County Bd. of Supervisors, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109872 (S.D. Miss. Aug. 17, 2016)
  • Evans v. City of Meridian Miss., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 20607 (5th Cir. Miss. Nov. 24,2015)
  • Savinell v. Alexander, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143837 (N.D. Miss. Oct. 9, 2014)
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