POLICE MISCONDUCT/POLICE BRUTALITY
The principal of the firm, Al Hofeld, Jr., worked on his first police brutality cases – for young men who were the victims of torture by the infamous Chicago police commander John Burge - during law school nearly twenty years ago.
Police officers who abuse their authority by violating the constitutional rights of citizens - all too often citizens of color - should be prosecuted to the full extent of the criminal and civil law, and the city whose policies produced or permitted those abuses should also be held liable. We handle the following types of police misconduct cases:
- Excessive/unnecessary force, including beating, shooting, taser;
- Unlawful or false arrest;
- Illegal search and seizure, in violation of the Fourth Amendment;
- Illegal retaliation; and
- Violations of First Amendment rights of freedom of speech.
At the Law Offices of Al Hofeld, Jr., we have always known that Chicago has a long-standing, serious problem when it comes to fair, equal and constitutional policing of citizens, especially our citizens of color. On December 9, 2015, for the first time in Chicago’s history, a Chicago mayor publicly admitted that the Chicago Police Department has a “code of silence” that protects officers who do wrong and a culture of policing that led to the needless and barbaric shooting of a young African-American man, Laquan McDonald.
At the Law Offices of Al Hofeld, Jr., LLC, we do not shrink from “fighting city hall” by aggressively prosecuting civil litigation against the City of Chicago, other municipalities and the police officers responsible for inflicting injury on our clients. We fight long and hard in federal or state court to win compensation for our clients and their families, to make new law, and to deter future misconduct. If you or a loved one has been the victim of serious police misconduct, please contact our firm. Statutes of limitations are short - one and two years – so contact us today: 773-241-5844.
EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AND LABOR RIGHTS
At the Law Offices of Al Hofeld, Jr., we don’t have to be convinced that the American workplace is still permeated by both intentional and unconscious discrimination against people of color, women, people of other nationalities and religious faiths. We know that discrimination is rarely open and overt and, far more often, is quiet, subtle and insidious. We understand that discrimination can be devastating to our clients – devastating financially, to their careers, to their self-esteem, to their emotional and physical health, and to their families. We accept the gamut of employment cases, including:
- Employment discrimination;
- Harassment/hostile work environment;
- Wrongful termination;
- Family Medical Leave Act violations;
- Americans with Disabilities Act violations; and
- Unfair wages and hours.
At the Law Offices of Al Hofeld, Jr., LLC, we take on the tough employment discrimination cases and fight tooth-and-nail against employers small and large, corporate and government, for profit and non-profit, to win just compensation and other relief to make our clients whole again.
To pursue a court case, you will have to file a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and/or the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) before you can file a lawsuit. Please be advised that the EEOC and IDHR have very short filing deadlines; you must file within 180 days following the last act of discrimination. Our firm can evaluate your case at any time before or after you file with the EEOC and/or IDHR. If you have already obtained your “right-to-sue” letter from the EEOC, then please be advised that you must file your lawsuit in court within 90 days or lose your right to do so. You can file “pro se” (i.e., by yourself) if you have not yet hired an attorney. To discuss pursuing an employment case, call us today: 773-241-5844.
PREDATORY LENDING AND MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE DEFENSE
The firm’s principal, Al Hofeld, Jr., has been successfully defending homeowners and businesses against mortgage foreclosure for 13 years, long before there was a mortgage foreclosure crisis. We have expertise in identifying and fighting predatory lending practices in both state and federal courts and, in foreclosure cases, in asserting defenses and counterclaims against lenders, banks and brokers for fraud and deception, violations of the Truth-in-Lending Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and other disclosure statutes, breach of contract, and other violations of law.
If you feel that you have been deceived by a mortgage lender or if foreclosure proceedings have been filed against you or your company and you need representation, then contact the Law Offices of Al Hofeld, Jr., LLC, today at 773-241-5844. We may be able to help you.
FAIR HOUSING AND FAIR LENDING
At the Law Offices of Al Hofeld, Jr., LLC, we know that discrimination in the purchase and rental of residential property remains pervasive – whether it is a refusal to rent or sell, steering to or away from certain housing or neighborhoods, advertising targeted to certain groups of people, refusal to provide reasonable accommodations, overpriced mortgage loans or homeowner’s insurance (“reverse redlining”), retaliation, etc. These illegal practices help perpetuate our already highly segregated, residential neighborhoods and housing markets. In the fair lending area, we have brought both “redlining” and “reverse redlining” cases against lenders.
At the Law Offices of Al Hofeld, Jr., LLC, we are committed to taking on and fighting these tough cases. We understand that discrimination in housing is subtle, indirect, hard to detect and, therefore, not easy to fight. We don’t have to be convinced that discrimination occurred, and we fight hard to obtain the evidence necessary to prove it.
If you suspect that you have been discriminated against in any aspect of the search for, the advertising for, the application process for, the rental or purchase of housing or any of the goods and services that go along with it, such as a mortgage loan or homeowner’s insurance, we can file a lawsuit to get immediate, injunctive relief and/or recover money damages to compensate you for the harm that you have suffered due to discrimination. Call us today: 773-241-5844.
OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS
At the Law Offices of Al Hofeld, Jr., LLC, we strive to be on the forefront of the fight for civil rights and will consider taking any case or issue in which a citizen’s civil or constitutional rights have been violated. We will listen to and investigate all concerns. If you feel your civil rights have been violated in any way, then please contact us immediately at 773-241-5844.