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Personal Injuries Arising From Protests: Claims, Defenses, Damages, Police Misconduct, and More

Individual and Governmental Lability for Injuries Incurred in Protests, Civil Disobedience, or Law Enforcement Responses

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, November 29, 2022

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This CLE webinar will discuss recovering damages for those injured during protests or similar events and the best strategies for defending persons from whom civil damages are sought. The panel will discuss identifying defendants, claims, and defenses, as well as navigating criminal cases in light of Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994). The program will also discuss civil rights and police misconduct litigation arising from such events.


Protests are commonplace in modern times. They can quickly get out of control resulting in significant injury to attendees, bystanders, pedestrians, third parties attempting to leave the scene, and law enforcement. Personal injury lawyers are increasingly being asked to recover damages for those injured and defend a wide range of defendants, including participants.

Whether seeking compensation for injuries or seeking to defend claims, attorneys must navigate special rules and laws related to protests, specialized defenses such as qualified immunity, and more. And in recent years, states and municipalities have enacted laws that impose additional restrictions and higher costs and penalties for certain activities.

Listen as this experienced panel discusses what personal injury attorneys need to know about litigation arising from violence at protests.



  1. Applicable law
  2. Supervisory and municipal liability
  3. Discovery issues in police misconduct litigation
  4. Using experts


The panel will discuss these and other key issues:

  • Who is liable for injuries sustained in protests or civil disobedience?
  • What defenses are available for participant defendants?
  • What are anti-protest laws, and what do they prohibit/require?
  • What is qualified immunity?


Gelsomino, Sarah
Sarah Gelsomino

Friedman, Gilbert + Gerhardstein

Ms. Gelsomino focuses on police and government misconduct often means representing individuals who have been killed,...  |  Read More

Lederman, Rachel
Rachel Lederman

Alexsis Beach & Rachel Lederman Attorneys

Ms. Lederman represents victims of police or government misconduct; workers who have been discriminated...  |  Read More

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