Los Angeles Civil Rights Attorney

Jim DeSimone

Los Angeles Civil Rights Attorney

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Los Angeles Civil Rights Local Legal Authority.

Jim DeSimone

Los Angeles Civil Rights Attorney

Los Angeles Civil Rights Attorney

Jim DeSimone

Jim DeSimone cut his teeth as a staff attorney at Westside Legal Services. For three years (1987-1990), he represented lower income families and individuals as the lead trial lawyer.

In 1990, DeSimone entered private practice as a partner at Schonbrun & DeSimone, a civil rights law firm, which grew to be one of the most prestigious civil rights law firms in California.

Twenty-five years later, DeSimone established his current practice V. James DeSimone Law. This firm focuses on representing individuals in civil rights cases with an emphasis on discrimination and harassment, police misconduct and brutality as well as false arrest cases.

“As a civil rights lawyer, establishing a precedent is what you become most proud of,” says DeSimone. “When you can help an individual client, that’s terrific; but when you can take a case to the court of appeal and establish a binding precedent, that can potentially help all working people, well that’s truly gratifying.”

DeSimone was featured as the Attorney of the Month and cover story in Attorney at Law Magazine Los Angeles Vol. 4 No. 1. His story, “The Fight for What’s Right,” follows DeSimone’s 30-plus career as well as some insight into the man behind the crusade for justice.

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When to Hire a Los Angeles Civil Rights Attorney?

It’s often difficult to know when someone has violated your civil rights. While you are likely familiar with the highly public accusations you see on the daily news, everyday violations aren’t always that obvious. Discrimination can be blatant. It can also be so subtle, and it may take the victim by surprise. Once revealed, documenting a violation is often a challenge unless you know what evidence you need and where to find it.

That lack of evidence often prevents victims from presenting a successful discrimination claim. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced Los Angeles civil rights attorney. These practitioners are well-trained in revealing critical evidence, analyzing the legal issues, and producing the best outcomes for their clients.

Defining Discrimination

Civil Rights laws delegitimize simple yet insidious patterns of discriminatory behavior. They occur when an entity treats you differently because of who or what you are. Race, disability, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, and other inherent traits often trigger discriminatory behavior.

Discriminatory acts occur in public and private locations. They often happen in situations and at events where institutions, communities, or employers set interaction and behavior standards. Examples include:


  • Workplace: Unfair hiring and promotions, unequal salaries
  • Housing: Inability to choose where you want to live, disqualification for financing, higher mortgage rates
  • Education: Differences in school quality, college acceptance rates, education funding, de facto segregation
  • Voting: Voter suppression, unfair challenges to registration and voting
  • Public: Accommodations: Inability to reserve or rent a hotel room or other accommodations that are open to the public

What Determines Your Civil Rights?

Americans haven’t always had access to many of the rights they now take for granted. Many communities, industries, and legislators have fought against the civil rights gains granted to groups they see as “others.” Notable examples of prominent civil rights issues in the past include:


  • Work environments systematically barred women with small children.
  • The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 prevented Chinese immigrants from entering the country.
  • Native Americans were non-citizens until 1924.
  • Aging workers had few protections before Congress passed the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • LGBTQ couples only recently gained the legal right to marry.

Since the Civil War, the United States has engaged in numerous legal and legislative battles to ensure civil rights for everyone. The Civil Rights Act of 1875 initially addressed discrimination issues until the US Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 reinstated a number of the original provisions. Other constitutional amendments, Presidential Executive Orders, and Supreme Court rulings also helped redefine and clarify important civil rights issues.

Laws and Courts Can’t Eliminate Civil Rights Violations

Legislation and court rulings can change the laws, but they can’t change institutionalized acts and practices. As with any law, discrimination non-compliance goes unpunished until someone detects and reports it. Non-disclosure agreements, salary confidentiality, unpublished workplace policies, and other agreements help minimize the chances of discovery.

If you believe that an employer, banker, or any other entity has discriminated against you, it’s important to consult with an attorney. An experienced Civil Rights Lawyer in Los Angeles understands complex issues involving evidence and legal proof. Los Angeles Civil Rights attorneys have worked with clients with a range of discrimination issues. They have advised clients how best to proceed.

Contact a Los Angeles Civil Rights Lawyer

The process for presenting a Civil Rights Claim is complicated and time-sensitive. If you believe that you’re the victim of a discriminatory act, you must take action immediately. An experienced Los Angeles Civil Rights Lawyer in will provide the guidance you need.

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Based on 18 reviews
James and Carmen are fantastic attorneys! Their firm truly cares about their clients and provides excellent representation. Their competence and wealth of experience drives the case. Jim renders form of justice!
Marianna Samuels
Marianna Samuels
06:23 29 Jan 21
If you are looking for legal counsel, look no further. You would be lucky to be represented by James V. Desimone Law. I mean that. I’ve had the pleasure of being one of DeSimone’s clients. He and his partner, Carmen Sabater, took the time to listen to my case. They sat me down and attentively and sympathetically listened closely to my experience. They understood where I was coming from and found that injustice was indeed imposed purposely against myself and my co-workers. They showed commitment to my case and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work alongside them. I was the type of client who was really scared, who had no previous encounters with the legal or judicial system. I had no idea what I was doing, I just knew something was wrong, and I didn’t want others to go through what I went through. At the time I presented my case, I doubted where to proceed or move on with my life. They appeased my fears, their team never left me hanging in ambiguity and were always there to answer any questions and concerns. Throughout my entire process of litigation, they had patience when I had none. I dare to say they take cases because they truly care. James and his team do this for passion for justice. Passion is a force to be reckoned with. I would absolutely chose them again. I’m glad they chose my case. I am thankful to James, Carmen and their entire team of associates, particularly Diem, Pooja and their paralegals.
Paulina Munoz
Paulina Munoz
23:17 15 Nov 20
Very nice place and great service
Sokhom Chhoun
Sokhom Chhoun
03:20 17 Feb 20
The entire DeSimone Law team was incredible. At my lowest point in life they were caring and professional and compassionate. They were able to get the answers I needed and a measure of closure to begin rebuilding my life. They were able to fight for me when I was unable to fight for myself. I am eternally grateful to them and highly recommend them to find justice for you.
Ruth Newby
Ruth Newby
16:35 19 Nov 18
I don't know how to express my gratitude and appreciation to Mr. DeSimone and his team. He has changed my view and perception of attorney.He is simply best lawyer for those who seek justice.He has passion to help people. Fight against to wrong in righteous way.He is a person who cares for the people.It is not about material that will be disappear, it is about " human being" .. I am so grateful to know a person like him. Whole his team showed me love and care. they spread tears for me and others when I was no one to turn to but God. They didn't care about money, all they wanted to bring out justice... I was amazed how much time they put in... They deserves the best.He is a protector and guardian for people. He is competent lawyer who fights for those who feel powerless...
James Yang
James Yang
22:18 18 Mar 16
Hiring Jim and his team to represent my family was one of the best decisions that I could have ever made. I sought representation from reputable firms that turned me down on a wrongful death lawsuit. However, when I first met Jim he took my case without any hesitation. Jim is a very understanding, honest, dedicated, hardworking and professional attorney. Jim made me feel comfortable at all times. I never doubted his ability to help me seek justice for my dad's death. I am forever grateful for Jim's hard work. If you're in need of an attorney, Jim will not let you down.
Tushana Turner
Tushana Turner
05:22 04 Dec 15
Our family experienced an unimaginable tragedy in the shocking death of our son and younger brother at the hands of law enforcement officers on a local college campus. Our son was a graduate student working on his second master's degree while at the same time struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder. While in the midst of a suspected mental health crisis and unarmed, he was beaten with night sticks at least 30 times and shot five times by officers apparently inexperienced and untrained in dealing with students or other individuals with disabilities. As it became obvious in the days that followed, this horrific incident took place in a community environment where those with mental illnesses or those with disabilities often were viewed with a lack of empathy or even basic understanding of the pain experienced by the mentally ill. Jim and his excellent staff were able to navigate all of the perceived inherent "negatives" in our son's case--the victim's mental illness, the demographics of the victim and his family, as well as the involvement of three armed police officers who "feared for their safety"---to bring a degree of justice for our son and for those who in the future may be similarly situated. (All of this occurred before the national spotlight was trained on deaths at the hands of law enforcement or those acting as surrogates for law enforcement.)Throughout our grief--sometimes overwhelming and appearing bottomless--Jim remained calm, a leader in the investigative process and an effective advocate not only for us, but for all of the unnamed or unknown mentally ill victims and their families. He listened and he advocated appropriately, always maintaining positive relations with opposing attorneys and mediators. More important than the monetary settlement for our family's unfathomable loss was the agreement to retrain the campus police to properly recognize and manage an individual suspected of experiencing a mental health crisis. Jim was instrumental in identifying expert resources who work effectively to enlighten law enforcement in their dealings with the mentally ill. We expect this to have far reaching, positive effects for future consumers of mental health services as well as for leaders in the administration of law enforcement. Jim is a highly effective advocate for the entire community.The Williams Family.
Jim is a very effective and efficient attorney. He is one of the good guys! He has a social conscience and it is not all about the money. Granted, he is very effective and wants to win, but does it in a classy way. Jim listens well and has capable associates to aid him. He is well versed in employment law and its history. He is also very respected by his peers and many other attorney's reach out to him for assistance. I had a very good outcome in my case using Jim! I have no reservations in recommending him.
Hootan Roozrokh
Hootan Roozrokh
22:34 09 Nov 15

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In 2017 and 2018, DeSimone was named to the list of Best Lawyers® and Best Law Firms

In 2014, DeSimone received the prestigious CLAY Civil Rights Lawyer of the Year Award.

In 2009-2018 he was honored with inclusion in the list of California Super Lawyers®.

In 2013, 2017, and 2018, DeSimone was honored as one of the Top 100 lawyers in Southern California by Super Lawyers®.


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