Edmonds Law Office of Civil Rights LLC Welcomes You

A BOUTIQUE CIVIL RIGHTS FIRM DESIGNED TO
PROTECT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.


Introducing Our Law Firm


Edmonds Law Office of Civil Rights was envisioned over 20 years ago by a young girl dedicated to understanding institutional social inequities. Her exposure to the criminal injustice system, the school-to-prison pipeline, and prison industrial complex led her to discover the ways in which law played a role.  This firm is the manifestation of her vision to provide accessible representation for equitable results.

 

Our office embraces a culture of equity, which recognizes that more resources (financial, social, emotional, mental, spiritual, and legal) are necessary to enable transformative growth for the individual and community.  Our firm names and acknowledges institutional racism, its impact on generational wealth and perpetual poverty (via home ownership, educational opportunity, discriminatory pay, and decreased opportunities), particularly in communities of color.

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"A lawyer's either a social engineer, or he's a parasite on society." 

CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON

 

Civil Rights

JUSTICE FOR YOU

We represent plaintiffs (individuals bringing a case) in civil rights actions.  Civil Rights includes many different types of cases, many of which derive from constitutional rights. Our office handles:

  • Police Misconduct

  • False Imprisonment Claims

  • Prisoner's Rights

  • Discrimination in Contracts

  • Fair Housing Act Claims

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Education Law

DISCRIMINATION AND SPECIAL EDUCATION MATTERS

Our firm represents children with disabilities under the IDEA, ADA, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. We also represent children who have been discriminated against based on their membership in a protected class (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964). We help parents and students navigate:

  • Individualized Education Plans to assist with a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

  • Students who may be expelled, suspended, or otherwise punished by schools for discriminatory reasons

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Employment Discrimination

EMPLOYEE RIGHTS

Our firm represents employees who have experienced discrimination or retaliation based on race, color, religion, sex/gender, national origin, age, and disability. Our office helps employees navigate:

  • Filing an employment discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity (GCEO)

  • Mediations at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Filing lawsuits in federal court following 'Right-to-Sue' letters

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Landlord Tenant Cases

TENANTS RIGHTS

Edmonds Law Office represents tenants in eviction defense,  poor living conditions cases, breach of contract, and security deposit matters. Our office helps with:

  • Poor living conditions including mold, mildew, leaks, infestations

  • Security Deposit Matters

  • Eviction Defense

  • Breach of Contract

  • Personal Injuries related to Mold Exposure

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Client Testimonials

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING...

"I was happy with the fact that I was handled with care and honesty, and I did not feel as if I was being talked down to. Attorney Edmonds is very kind."

 
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Client Testimonials

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING...

"I was happy with the fact that I was handled with care and honesty, and I did not feel as if I was being talked down to. Attorney Edmonds is very kind."

COMPASSIONATE, DETAIL-ORIENTED TRIAL ATTORNEY

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Managing Partner

Ms. Edmonds represents individuals in civil rights actions.  She has experience in Title VII (employment discrimination), Eighth Amendment (conditions of confinement), and Fourth Amendment (police excessive force) cases.  Prior to working in a plaintiff's civil rights firm, Ms. Edmonds clerked in the Northern District of Georgia, United States Bankruptcy Court.  She has also worked with domestic violence survivors (Temporary Protective Orders), tenants (eviction defense), and employees (Fair Labor Standards Act).  Ms. Edmonds has obtained thousands of dollars on behalf of her clients.  She prides herself on building meaningful, working relationships with her clients grounded in intersectional lawyering, no-nonsense counsel, alongside an empathetic touch.

Education:

UCLA School of Law, J.D., Critical Race Theory Specialization

Winston-Salem State University, B.A. Communications: Journalism

Professional Organizations:

Georgia Bar, Young Lawyers Division (Women in the Profession Committee, Community Service Projects Committee)

Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys

Gate City Bar Association

National Lawyers Guild: Anti-Racism, Mass Incarceration, Housing, and Prisoner's Rights Committees

National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

​Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

Admitted Jurisdictions:

Georgia

Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia Supreme Court

Northern District of Georgia

Middle District of Georgia

Southern District of Georgia

Hobbies

  • Reading mystery novels

  • Hiking with my furbaby, Grover

  • Wine tasting

 
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Client Testimonials

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING...

"I completely understood all aspects of my case, and Attorney Edmonds won my case." 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Our Vision

Our firm was established to provide zealous legal advocacy to the communities who need it most.  We seek to influence meaningful social change by using the law as a means to do so.  Ultimately, we desire the following:

  1. Constitutional protections that are respected and enforced without discriminatory application.

  2. Educational opportunities that provide nuanced plans for students with special needs, the elimination of discriminatory punishment and a militarized school environment.

  3. Right to Work.  Employment in a place that pays equal pay for equal work, without discriminatory influence.

  4. Safe, Affordable Non-Discriminatory Housing for tenants and homeowners. 

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Our Firm Promise

We get back to our clients.

Our office acknowledges all client calls within 72 business hours in the client's preferred communication method (i.e. call, text, or secure portal message).

We keep you informed about your case.

Our office uses a secure, encrypted case management system to send case updates, send you hearing dates, and share documents with you.  You can upload evidence (emails, texts, legal notices) directly in your client portal.

Schedule monthly calls with an Attorney.

Clients can schedule their own monthly strategic check-in call online during attorney office hours on Wednesday afternoons.  Alternatively, clients can take advantage of our non-standard business hours on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.

Tailored Strategic Lawyering

Work with our experienced Case Manager and the attorney assigned to your case to accomplish your goals.  We pay attention to the details and adjust our strategy using client-centered, trauma informed lawyering.

 

Value 01. Access

Accessibility via Flexible Hours. Edmonds Law Office of Civil Rights values providing meaningful access to people with different work and family schedules.  To that end, Edmonds Law Office has non-standard work hours on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays.  Legal services are also available outside the posted business hours by appointment.


Accessibility via plain language.  Instead of legalese, our firm uses plain language to explain strategy, legal documents, and the scope of our representation.


Accessibility via Billing. Our firm uses new age billing methods to include: flat rate services, sliding scale hourly services, contingency-based fee agreements, and combination billing.

Value 02. Equity

Our firm uses legal advocacy to achieve equitable outcomes.  Edmonds Law Office of Civil Rights acknowledges that the law has had an instrumental and primary role in creating disenfranchisement.  At the same time, the law has been used to correct oppressive laws and expand rights.  We value holistic, intersectional lawyering to achieve profound, equitable outcomes.

Value 03. Client-centered, trauma informed lawyering

Ms. Edmonds obtained her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law, where she obtained a specialization in Critical Race Theory.  Critical Race Theory is the study of race, law, and power dynamics.

Our firm prides itself on building relationships with clients based in transparency and compassion.  Our firm has extensive experience and training working with clients experiencing trauma.  We adjust our interviewing, investigation, and case strategy accordingly.

 

Edmonds Law Office wants to ensure that our firm is a good fit for you.  To this end, we thoroughly explain our approach, our analysis of your case, client expectations, and what you can expect from us. 

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Meet The Team

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Zsa'Queria Martin
Legal Intern

Zsa’Queria Martin received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Clark Atlanta University and is a current second-year law student at Florida A&M University, College of Law. She serves as the current Vice President for the Marshall-Bell Law Society and the Women's Law Caucus, Community Service Chair for the Black Law Students Association, and is the Secretary for Stonewall LGBTQA Law Student Association. She has strong interests in public policy, economic and racial justice, and civil and human rights. 

 

As a civil rights activist, Zsa’Queria has participated in many protests to advocate for racial equality, fight against police brutality, and help end racial discrimination. Last year, she marched in Minnesota to fight for George Floyd, and in Kentucky to fight for Breonna Taylor. She is currently researching ways to combat civil rights issues within the tech industry and eliminate technological disenfranchisement. After graduating from law school, she plans to work at a civil rights firm to further advocate for the Black community.

 

Zsa’Queria is also the Founder of Authorize Black, Inc., a nonprofit organization that she founded in 2016. Their mission is to uplift the Black community through advocacy, community service, and providing resources to low-income neighborhoods. Last year, they hosted many events, including feeding those in need in Metro-Atlanta, a Turkey Giveaway for Thanksgiving, and a Single Mother’s Giveaway for Christmas. This year, they began an internship program for HBCU students who have a strong interest in advocating for the Black community.

 

In her free time, Zsa’Queria likes to read, write, watch Romantic Comedies, and go on outdoor adventures. She has also served in the Army Reserves for eight years and plans to transition to the JAG Reserve Corps. She is excited to serve as a Legal Intern at Edmonds Law Office of Civil Rights this summer.

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Paula Rainford
Case Manager

Paula Rainford manages the Firm's day-to-day operations by managing case files, investigations, data collection, evidence gathering, drafting, and filing various pleadings in state and federal courts.

Paula received her Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Temple University.  She obtained a Master’s in Accounting from Babson College and a paralegal certificate from Fairleigh Dickinson University. 

After working as a Project Manager in the corporate sector for nearly two decades, Paula transitioned to the legal field.  She has acquired impressive people skills honed through years of success working with a vastly diverse clientele.  She has developed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in personal injury and civil rights matters.  

 

Like Malcolm X, she too is for “truth no matter who tells it” and she is “for justice, no matter who it’s for or against”. She loves to serve and believes in building relationships one conversation at a time.

In her free time, Paula enjoys spending time with family and friends.  Paula can also be found enjoying the great outdoors with activities like hiking, biking, playing softball or volleyball.

Attorney's Fees

FEE STRUCTURES IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Our firm values transparency.  To this end, we've created simple-to-understand billing with explanatory details to help you understand how we're spending our time for your benefit.   

 

We utilize a variety of billing methods including:

  1. Hourly Billing (Sliding Scale, Retainer Required)

  2. Flat Rate Billing (Including Limited Scope Representation)

  3. Contingency

  4. Mixed Billing Structures 

$180

INITIAL CONSULTATION (DISCOVERY CALL)

Let's make sure our firm is a good fit.  Schedule a discovery consultation (30 min.) with me to discuss your legal issue.  

$350

60-MINUTE CONSULTATION

This 60-minute consultation is for clients who would like to have documents reviewed (i.e. contracts, leases, legal notices, etc.) and for clients with legal matters that cannot be completely and thoroughly shared in a shorter time frame. (Included: 15 pages of document review)

$550

90-MINUTE CONSULTATION

This consultation is for individuals with complex legal matters (e.g. employment discrimination, police misconduct claims, appeals from the trial court). This consult is ideal for matters with more than 15 pages of documentary evidence. (15-35 pages of document review)

$350

HOURLY BILLING

Our firm charges $350 per hour for legal services.  However, to make our services more accessible, we provide a sliding scale based on verifiable income.
$350 per hour (standard)
$450 per hour (expedited legal services)

$700+

FLAT FEE BILLING

Our firm charges flat rates for limited scope representation (i.e. contract review, non-litigation representation, and legal counseling). 
**Please note that some types of cases are not suitable for flat rate billing.**

Mixed Billing Structure

EXAMPLE: $2,500 + 20% OF SETTLEMENT

Our firm may offer you a mixed billing structure: a smaller upfront retainer with a percentage of proceeds from the settlement or judgment.

Contingency

30% + COSTS OF LITIGATION

A contingency fee arrangement is where the attorney is paid from the proceeds of the case settlement or judgment.  This type of arrangement is common in civil rights litigation, but requires the firm to take on most of the risk associated with litigation.  The firm may require a retainer to cover the costs of litigation (i.e. filing fees, printing/mailing fees, etc.). 

 

Please see the example below for illustrative purposes only.

Settlement Amount: $100,000
Litigation Costs: $8,000
Attorney's Fees: $30,000
Net to Client: $62,000
30% of Award + Costs of Litigation

 
 

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691 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE Suite V-17, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA

(678) 404-1239

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