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Not all personal injury cases involve lasting physical damage. Some injuries involve damage to a person’s civil rights as a result of excessive force or a violation such as false imprisonment or illegal search and seizure.If you believe your personal civil rights have been violated, it is crucial to speak to an experienced attorney about your options for pursuing a claim. The attorneys at O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, in New York City can help you identify whether you have a claim and then pursue the maximum compensation you deserve for what you have been through.

Excessive Use Of Force

These cases are based on federal and New York laws that govern the conduct of law enforcement agents, who are only permitted to use reasonable force. When they cross the line physically or verbally, the victim can seek compensation through a personal injury claim.

Illegal Searches And Seizures

There are specific rules in place that govern searches and the seizure of property. When these procedures are not followed, it is illegal to seize property. If your property has been illegally searched and/or your assets have been taken, we can make things right.

Our Lawyers Are Proven Advocates For Civil Rights

If you or a loved one has fallen victim to use of excessive force, illegal search and seizure, or another violation of civil rights, we can take action to assert your constitutional rights and get you financial compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation. If you cannot come to our Manhattan office, we will go to you.


“O’Dwyer & Bernstien has helped me in several different situations over the last 12 years that I’ve lived in NYC. They’re my go-to firm because they always obtain the results that I need and deserve. They’re also located in downtown Manhattan, which makes them very convenient. The office and people that work there are exactly what you’d expect from a top tier law firm in the world’s greatest city.”

“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”

“When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”