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Civil Rights Lawyer

As an American, you have rights that are guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

When these rights are violated, you can take legal action to pursue compensation and enact change.

Our civil rights lawyers at Cochran Douglas serving Tacoma, WA, can fight for you if you have suffered discrimination or another violation.

We Can Protect Your Civil Rights

Federal law provides everyone in this country with rights that help guarantee their most precious freedoms as an American: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This includes the rights to feel safe and to live life with dignity. Unfortunately, these precious rights are sometimes violated by government officials, companies, and individuals. When this happens, the lawyers at our Tacoma, WA, law office are here to help.
The civil rights attorneys with Cochran Douglas stand with people whose constitutional rights have been violated. From discrimination to police misconduct, we are prepared to help you. We can hold corporations, giant government entities, or any other party responsible for your losses.

What Are My Rights?

Your civil rights as a citizen of the United States include:

  • Freedom of speech, religion, and assembly
  • The right to petition the government
  • The right to due process
  • Freedom from discrimination for protected classes

$8 Million Secured in a Civil Rights Case

In 2011, a man incurred serious injuries when the Tacoma Police Department used excessive force against him. We took the man's case, and the City of Tacoma finally agreed to pay $8 million to the victim in 2020.

What Are Some Common Civil Rights Violations?

Our lawyers in Tacoma, WA, take on cases involving these civil rights violations and more:


If you've experienced discrimination based on your race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, your civil rights have been violated. Our lawyers can help if housing has been denied, you've been fired from your job, you've been denied admission to college, etc. based on one of these factors.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is considered sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it occurs in the workplace.

Police Misconduct

Excessive force, police brutality, unreasonable search and seizure, racial profiling, and having rights denied while arrested or incarcerated violate a person's civil rights.

Hate Crimes

When a person is harmed or threatened because of their race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, it's considered a hate crime.

This is not a comprehensive list of what is considered a civil rights violation in Washington. Contact our attorneys in Tacoma, WA, if you think your rights have been violated. The law guarantees you certain civil rights, and we are here to help you take legal action if any party has infringed upon those rights.

Let Us Fight for Your Rights Contact Us in Tacoma, WA, For a Free Consultation

Cole Douglas and Loren Cochran have helped secure compensation for clients whose fundamental civil rights were violated by police departments, school districts, employers, and other parties. If you suspect that you are experiencing a civil rights violation, contacting an attorney is the best way to explore your options and plan a course of action. Our civil rights lawyers can help you achieve justice and enact change from which everyone can benefit.

We offer free case reviews, and collect absolutely nothing unless we win your case. Take legal action and protect your rights by contacting our Tacoma, WA, office:

(253) 472-7777

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They have been with us through everything for the past 2 1/2 years. Easy to get a hold of and great communication every step of the way. Very professional and attentive to get us through the process. Worked very hard to get all paperwork ready and needed. Did a thorough job with everything. Recommend this law firm for anyone in need of a strustworthy representative.

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These guys went above and beyond for me and my case. I highly recommend Cole and Loren for your case. They over work themselves to make sure you get the best results for your case. Ella is simply amazing at communicating through emails and phone calls, keeping you up to date on you case. You won’t regret picking this firm!!!

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Filing a Complaint

If your civil rights were violated, you may be entitled to compensation; however, you must first file a claim or complaint with the correct government entity. Here is a look at what filing a civil rights complaint with either the State of Washington or City of Tacoma involves:

Filing a Complaint in Washington

The State of Washington has federal, state, and local laws in place that protect citizens' rights to fair treatment. This includes employment, housing, education, voting, insurance, credit, and public accommodations. If you have suffered discrimination in the state of Washington, you have six months from the date of the alleged discrimination to file a complaint with the Washington State Human Rights Commission.

Filing a Complaint in Tacoma, WA

The Tacoma Municipal Code protects people from discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, and credit and insurance transactions. If you have been discriminated against in Tacoma, WA, you have 365 days from the date of the alleged discrimination to file a complaint with the Tacoma Human Rights and Human Services Department.

If you're unsure of where you should file your complaint, our Tacoma, WA, lawyers can help. We are ready to help you pursue justice regardless of who violated your civil rights.

A Client Discusses Their Experience With Cochran Douglas

"I am so grateful to have had Cole Douglas and Loren Cochran in my corner on more than one occasion. They patiently listened to the sensitive, and often awkward, details of my stories and I always felt heard and never judged. I was new to all of this, and they were always willing to answer any of my questions... I will always look to them for any future legal advice and I highly recommend them to anyone who needs assistance." Carly Northcott


Our personal injury attorneys have collected numerous honors and belong to noted professional organizations, ensuring they stay current with the ever-changing legal landscape. Among our honors and professional affiliations:

  • WSAJ: Washington State Association for Justice
  • WSBA: Washington State Bar Association
  • KCBA: King County Bar Association
  • TPCBA: Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Super Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Request a free consultation with our practice by contacting us online or by calling (253) 472-7777. We can meet at a location and time convenient for you, including nights and weekends.


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