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I have created an easy-to-follow guide for you to better familiarize yourself with the many ways in which I can legally assist you. Here is how it works:

  • Each section begins with an overview of a common SITUATION that you or your business may encounter, for which you may determine that you need legal assistance.
  • Next, I outline for you those things that could go WRONG in addressing each of these situations.
  • Finally, and perhaps most important, I share with you my general recommendations for making the RIGHT CHOICE in dealing with each situation.

My hope is that this guide will assist you in determining how to proceed … and whether Eric Siegel Law is the right choice for you as you move forward.

  • A business litigation attorney in Washington, D.C., may represent a plaintiff or a defendant, depending on the nature of the case. Business litigation lawyers may represent the corporation as an entity, individual owners (like shareholders or stakeholders), or owner-operators, depending on the nature of the business dispute. In a partnership dispute, a business litigation lawyer may represent one partner while other partners retain their own counsel. In other cases, such as a breach of contract case, the business litigation attorney may represent one of the parties to the contract, seeking compensatory damages for the breach.

  • Civil rights lawyers advocate for individuals whose civil rights were violated, such as those who were victims of police brutality, wrongful arrest, or subject to an unconstitutional search or seizure. We take the Constitution seriously and vigorously advocate for your rights. We also investigate cases of personal injury or wrongful death if a civil rights violation resulted in injury or financial loss. Civil rights lawyers look into instances of discrimination in the workplace or education, defending the rights of people in a protected class from discrimination.

  • Yes, if your civil rights were violated or you were unfairly treated because of your membership in a protected class, then a civil rights attorney wants to hear your story. If you have an employee handbook, follow the procedures outlined for reporting, including who to report to and how to escalate. If you do not have an employee handbook, report the incident to your Human Resources department or supervisor. However, a civil rights attorney can guide you through the process and inform you of your legal options if there is no resolution.

  • Maybe. We can’t protect you from unwise investments, but we can protect you if you suffered financially because of negligence or fraud. We can examine your situation and determine if the bad advice you received reaches the threshold of legal negligence and advise you of your next steps. For example, if the advisor pressured you into an investment, even if you said no, or if you lost more money than the advisor said it was possible to lose, then you may have a case.

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets regulations to facilitate access for people with disabilities to public spaces and establishes certain protections and accommodations that should be made in the workplace. Some accessibility accommodations may include a larger font display for software or text-to-voice support to allow people with visual limitations to fully understand online or computer-based content. If you need access to something online and the site isn’t ADA-compliant, or your employer does not offer ADA-compliant accommodations to allow you to consume the online content, then you may have grounds for an ADA violation complaint. However, these laws are ever-evolving, so it’s best to chat with an ADA lawyer first.

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) applies in all 50 states and Washington, D, C., and prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion or disciplining, or termination of employees solely because of their membership in a protected class. It’s illegal to base employment decisions based on someone’s:

    National origin
    Sexual orientation
    Sex or gender

    If you’ve been unfairly treated in the workplace due to your membership in a protected class, a discrimination litigation lawyer can advise you of your next steps.

  • If you’re unsure whether you’re a victim of discrimination in the workplace, that’s reason enough to talk to an employment discrimination lawyer. They can explain what constitutes discrimination on the job or in education and what does not, regarding state and federal laws. Your lawyer can also give you information about the right way to address these concerns, starting with how to report it to your employer and what kind of documentation you may need to support your claim.

  • Yes, because a real estate agent and a real estate lawyer are two different things. While a real estate agent can perform many tasks a real estate lawyer would, like title verification or drawing up a sales or property transfer contract, they are not attorneys and so cannot provide legal advice. Their role is to help you purchase or sell a home. A real estate lawyer, on the other hand, deals with the legal aspects of property ownership and transfers and ensures that your financial and legal interests are protected in any real estate transaction. In some states, a real estate lawyer must perform certain transactions, like being present at closing or certifying the title.

  • In almost every state and Washington, D.C., managers, supervisors, and owners are prohibited from taking tips. This includes taking tips from a dining or bar patron or being included in a tip-sharing allocation. Certain positions are considered non-tipped, legally speaking. Taking your tips may be against the law, but a wage and employment lawyer can evaluate your situation and determine which, if any, employment laws may have been violated and your recourse after.

  • Speaking up about illegal or unethical actions and behaviors in your workplace is intimidating, and while it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who files a complaint with HR or with the appropriate government agency (the ADA, EEOC, or Workforce Commission, for example), that doesn’t mean that retaliation doesn’t happen. A whistleblower lawyer may protect you from being fired after filing a complaint or can help you file a lawsuit for damages (like lost wages, loss of a promotion, or diminishing your career opportunities against the employer who took illegal retaliatory action against you.