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Committed To Protecting The Rights Of The People.

The Law Offices of John L. Burris is committed to justice for all. Our firm serves as a voice for victims of discrimination, abuse of power, and negligence. Mr. Burris is one of the top lawyers CaliforniaWe give hope to the disenfranchised who have little expectation of justice by giving them access to quality legal representation in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles metropolitan areas

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OUR HISTORY:

– Since 1985 in CA,

The Law Offices of John L. Burris was formed in 1985. While the practice initially focused on criminal defense, it quickly shifted to an emphasis on civil rights litigation, particularly in the context of police misconduct, and racial and sexual discrimination in employment. Located in Oakland, we serve the Bay Area, SF, Sacramento, Los Angeles and California. Willing to fight for justice worldwide!

– Protecting Everyone

Over the years, John Burris and his associated counsel have represented a number of public officials and high profile clients: Earl Sanders, the former Chief of Police of San Francisco, Rodney King, recording artist Tupac Shakur, actor Del Roy Lindo, NFL player Keyshawn Johnson, NBA players Gary Payton and Jason Kidd, and Aaron Goodwin (former sports agent for NBA phenomenon LeBron James).

– Becoming a Top Firm

Our firm has been instrumental in social reforms of police policy governing the use of canines, deadly force, hog tying, pepper spray, and other practices. Our work has also changed police department protocols for crowd control tactics and handling of the mentally impaired.

The firm has been successful in a number of class actions, including the infamous “Riders” case.

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  • What Are Civil Rights?

    Civil rights are freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the statutes and case law that have evolved from it. Our civil rights include freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, freedom to vote, the right to due process, equal protection and many others. These rights have restrictions, but they are fundamental to the legal and social systems of the U.S.

  • What is due process?

    Due process ensures that we are not denied certain legal rights. There are two types of due process. Substantive due process says that the government may not create laws that impede upon constitutional rights. Procedural due process says that the government must provide notice and a hearing when it wishes to take something like a right or property from a person. This applies to criminal trials, but it also provides the right to a hearing when it comes to special education plans in public schools.

  • What is equal protection?

    The 14th Amendment of the Constitution requires every state to treat people of one class the same way it treats people of another class. For instance, a state must apply housing laws to members of one race the same way that it applies the laws to any other race. The 14th Amendment does not guarantee equality, but it does guarantee equal treatment. If a state treats certain classes differently, it may have to meet a very high standard to show that the disparate treatment is necessary.

  • What qualities are commonly discriminated against?

    The modern civil rights movements began with people concerned primarily with gender equality and racial equality. These, however, are not the only characteristics that are discriminated against. Color, national origin, disability, age and familial status are protected by federal and state laws. Sexual orientation and other qualities are protected by some state laws

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The Law Offices of John L. Burris is committed to justice for all. Our firm serves as a voice for victims of discrimination, abuse of power, and negligence. We give hope to the disenfranchised who have little expectation of justice by giving them access to quality legal representation