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Illinois Police Racial Profiling Lawyers

In the Chicago area, attorneys at The Sotos Law Firm have defended many cases involving accusations against government agencies and law enforcement personnel for using racial profiling in their fight against crime. Racial profiling is the targeting of minorities disproportionately for investigation and enforcement of the law.

Profiling is an often used and long-established law enforcement tactic, and is considered to be as much art as it is science. Racial profiling has a much more cynical connotation that insinuates a particular bias toward a race or ethnicity. Accusations of racial discrimination require the accuser to prove that an officer intended to discriminate against him based on race.

Two of our previous cases involved class-action suits against the City of Chicago and the suburban Village of Mount Prospect accusing police officers of using racial profiling in pedestrian and traffic stops. Several other cases we have handled on behalf of several municipalities involved claims of racial profiling resulting in employment discrimination. These cases required rigorous independent investigations and defense strategies to obtain positive results.

In today's political climate, police racial profiling is also a hot topic in the press, and although it is difficult to prove and media reports are often dramatically overstated, it does not stop people from making such claims. We have more experience in defending claims of racial profiling, in guiding government entities through high-profile accusations of racial profiling, in conducting training on racial profiling and conducting independent investigations into claims of racial profiling, than virtually any law firm in the State of Illinois.

Many police departments across the country have been subjected to racial profiling investigations and lawsuits by the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. These investigations can be intrusive and disruptive of department operations, and generally include allegations of widespread civil rights violations and racial profiling. Our experience in the arena of racial profiling includes guiding government entities through the thicket of such federal investigations in order to deal with the interference caused by the investigation effectively, reach a satisfactory resolution of the federal government's claims, and allow the department to emerge from the investigation with its reputation not only preserved, but enhanced.

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Accusations of racial profiling can be complicated and require lawyers experienced in defending civil rights claims to properly investigate and defend against the accusations. Contact The Sotos Law Firm for a no-obligation, confidential consultation to discuss your case.

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The firm is led by James Sotos, who possesses over twenty-five years of experience representing public and private sector clients in federal and state litigation at the trial and appellate levels. During that time, Jim has distinguished himself as one of a handful of attorneys who has argued two cases in the United States Supreme Court, and he has achieved an enviable rate of success in the arena of Illinois governmental litigation. Jim enjoys Lexis-Nexis, Martindale-Hubbell's preeminent AV peer review rating and has been recognized both as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" by "Law and Politics" and the publishers of Chicago Magazine and as an Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Jim also lectures and publishes frequently on government liability and ethics and writes the weekly column "In Federal Courts" for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Jeffrey N. Given

Jeff began his legal career at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago where he engaged in commercial and constitutional litigation. Jeff left Kirkland to establish a successful entrepreneurial business before returning to the practice of law at the City of Chicago Law Department. Jeff served seven of his ten years at the Law Department as the Chief Assistant responsible for managing all aspects of the City's representation in litigation alleging misconduct by the Chicago Police Department. Jeff graduated cum laude from Indiana University Law School in Bloomington, Indiana in 1983. During law school, Jeff was selected for law review and was awarded the ABA Annual Award for best performances in Land Use and Local Government law courses. Jeff graduated cum laude with distinction in major from Carleton College in 1978 where he earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies.

Caroline Jamieson Golden

Before joining The Sotos Law Firm, Carrie was a partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg where she worked in the commercial litigation department for seven years. She also brings with her valuable experience from internships at the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois and for the Honorable Ann C. Williams, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Carrie graduated from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, Illinois in 1992. While in law school, Carrie earned the prestigious position of DePaul Law Review Editor. Carrie's academic excellence in law school earned her membership in the Order of the Coif. She also received American Jurisprudence awards in Procedure and Evidence. Carrie graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Finance.


John has been representing the interests of law enforcement since 1994, when he started as a law clerk with the Office of the Legal Advisor for the Boston Police Department. John is a 1996 graduate of Suffolk University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, after having been accepted as a third year visiting student by Chicago-Kent College of Law. After graduation, John worked with Russell Hartigan & Associates in Chicago where he engaged in municipal, civil rights, and insurance defense, having successfully tried several cases to verdict. After working with two other attorneys from Hartigan & Associates for a short time in a start up firm, John joined Jim Sotos in 2000. John has been a regular presenter on liability risk issues for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police since 2009, and recently lectured on the topic of recent trends in qualified immunity at the Illinois Midwest Police and Security Expo held in Peoria, Illinois in August, 2011. John is also a 1993 graduate of DePaul University College of Commerce, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Economics.