A complex array of anti-discrimination laws and regulations governs conduct for US businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions and government entities. These laws can change rapidly, and new industries, innovative products and business practices can present novel interpretations that clients must navigate. WilmerHale's deep bench of lawyers counsels clients on compliance, helps clients investigate potential violations, and defends clients in enforcement actions and litigation. Our clients have the advantage of assembling a team that includes a US Commission on Civil Rights Commissioner and former NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Director of Litigation; former US Deputy Attorneys General and an Associate Deputy Attorney General; a former US Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary; a former US Solicitor General; and a former senior official in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's Law Department—all of whom practice at the forefront of anti-discrimination issues.
Our lawyers also craft successful resolutions of controversies; are attuned to shifting enforcement priorities of regulators; and bring a deep commitment to the principles of equality, fairness and inclusion, as demonstrated by their leading work on marriage equality, death penalty, voting rights, freedom of speech, housing discrimination, criminal justice, human trafficking and immigration matters.
WilmerHale has worked to advance equality under the law for generations, and our lawyers have extensive experience representing clients in anti-discrimination matters in a variety of courts and regulatory bodies. In addition to litigating in federal and state courts, our lawyers represent clients before the Department of Justice, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and in state attorney general inquiries and before state agencies. Our clients include leading corporations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and municipalities addressing high-profile anti-discrimination investigations and litigation. We counsel a range of private and public clients on compliance with anti-discrimination laws, including the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses; Titles IV, VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Americans with Disabilities Act; Rehabilitation Act; Fair Housing Act; Equal Credit Opportunity Act; and other federal and state anti-discrimination statutes.