• Jeff Cosby has achieved re-certification as a specialist in civil trial law for the third time and has now been board certified for 15 years.
  • New case on “notice” in slip and fall suits provides help to governmental agencies
  • Chioma Deere co-presented a Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) session to judges on Judicial Management of Electronic Discovery in Palm Beach County.
  • Phil Wiseberg obtains a dismissal with prejudice on the eve of trial in property insurance case.
  • In Bryant v. Mezo, Carri Leininger obtained favorable opinion from the Fourth DCA recognizing the Plaintiff’s failure to disclose prior medical treatment was fraud and justified dismissal of the Plaintiff’s lawsuit.
  • Jim Williams intervened in complex construction/banking litigation on behalf of a local county obtaining a stay and potentially saving the county from a judgment that would have deprived the county of over a million dollars in collateral.
  • Chioma Deere co-presented a Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) session on Judicial Management of Electronic Discovery at the 19th Judicial Circuit to judges from St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties.
  • Lee Baggett and Jeff Cosby spoke at the Orlando Claims Conference on Exposing Financial Bias of Treating Doctors.
  • Carri Leininger obtains summary judgment for CGL carrier in coverage dispute arising out of a multi-million dollar construction defect case.
  • Jessica Gregory obtains summary judgment for Property Owners Association in ADA/FHA case.
  • Phil Wiseberg and Jim Williams obtain a defense verdict in an automobile negligence suit
  • Phil Wiseberg achieved dismissal of a federal copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of a local university…
  • Carri Leininger wins appellate victory in controversial juror texting case, Murphy v. Roth
  • Jim Williams succeeds with Palm Beach County jury returning defense verdict for half clients’ pre-trial offer


Williams, Leininger & Cosby lawyers have extensive experience defending claims for violations of Civil Rights. We have represented many organizations, counties, municipalities, and corporations in this field.

Our civil rights attorneys are skilled at handling these cases from inception through trial and appeal. Our civil rights attorneys can assist government agencies in analyzing claims, creating a litigation plan to negotiate a settlement, or taking the case to trial. If the case cannot be settled, WLC understands the unique immunities and defenses available to government agencies and vigorously pursues summary judgment.

Areas of Civil Rights Defense

  • 42 U.S.C § 1983
  • Title VII claims
  • Discrimination Claims based on:
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Pregnancy
    • Disability
    • Race
    • Religion
    • Sexual Orientation
    • Ethnicity
  • Police Shootings
  • False Arrests
  • Excessive Force
  • Due Process Violations
  • Equal Protection Violations
  • Police Harassment
  • Wrongful Detention