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.

To this end, our office specializes in two types of cases: Civil Rights Litigation & Landlord Tenant Cases.

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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, Attorney Angelik Edmonds

Attorney Angelik “Angie” Edmonds is the managing Partner of Edmonds Law Office of Civil Rights.  Our team represents individuals in civil rights actions and landlord tenant matters. We handle cases on behalf of employees who have experienced employment discrimination including hostile work environment, wrongful termination, and retaliation cases. Employees are protected from discrimination pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  We also represent students who have faced discriminatory treatment based on race and disability in schools.  Our office also represents individuals who are incarcerated that have experienced cruel and unusual punishment.  The Eleventh Circuit has found that the Georgia Department of Corrections, jails, and prisons violate an incarcerated individual’s Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment when prison officials deny individuals the right to medical treatment.  These cases are often called “conditions of confinement” cases.   We represent individuals in Fourth Amendment claims; a Fourth Amendment claim may exist when an officer uses excessive force while arresting an individual; when an officer detains an individual without probable cause; and in similar scenarios.  Our office also represents individuals who may have malicious prosecution or false imprisonment claims.

Our office also specializes in complex landlord tenant matters.  Our office has experience representing tenants in eviction proceedings, breach of contract arising from leases, housing discrimination pursuant to the Fair Housing Act, security deposit disputes, personal property damages arising from mold, mildew, and infestations; personal injuries arising from poor living conditions; asserting counterclaims against landlords; representing clients in landlord tenant appeals; representing tenants who have been illegally evicted; removing incorrect debts from client credit reports; representing homeowners against home owners associations for discriminatory fines and penalties; advising landlords about their statutory obligations and complex tenant issues; assisting tenants with complicated sub-tenant issues; and negotiating termination of leases without penalty.

Our office has obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of our clients.  Angelik 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 (Bold reds)

 
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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." 

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A RATING WITH THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

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2021 BEST OF GEORGIA IN OTHER LEGAL SERVICES CATEGORY
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featured in December 2021 for employment discrimination case alleging race/sex disparity

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featured in December 2021 for race/disability discrimination case against private school

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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Client Care Specialist
Ameena Chaudhry

Ameena Chaudhry received her Bachelor's degrees in English and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies from the University of Iowa. During this time, she was actively involved in creative writing, public relations, and mentoring through several student organizations.

Ameena taught Pre-K for two years in Kansas City, MO, through Teach for America. This experience piqued her interest in public policy and the accessibility of legal services to underserved populations. Ameena has worked as a policy intern for MO State Senator Lauren Arthur and as a research assistant for Kids First Law Center in Cedar Rapids, IA.

In her free time, Ameena can be found making and drinking coffee, doing yoga, re-reading her favorite Young Adult novels, and spending time with her partner and three cats. Ameena believes in authenticity, empathy, and creativity, and insists upon finding joy in the little things. 

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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 

$250

DISCOVERY CALL (30 Minute Phone Call)

What's Included in this call?
  1. 30-minute phone consultation
  2. No document review
  3. Brief analysis of your claims (causes of action)
  4. Assessment of your possible damages without evidentiary confirmation
  5. Potential legal options to resolve your issue based on your goals
  6. Ideal for clients who have 1 or 2 questions about landlord tenant law (i.e. what's the appeal process for an eviction, what are my legal options to get an incorrect eviction removed from my record, etc.)
Please Note: Our office does not provide retainer options for landlord tenant cases without reviewing the controlling lease agreement.

$497

ENLIGHTENED CALL (60 Minute Phone Call with 15 pages of document review)

MOST POPULAR CONSULTATION

What's Included in this call?
  1. 60-minute phone consultation
  2. 15 pages of document review (1 hour of attorney time, valued at $350)
  3. Complete analysis of your claims (causes of action)
  4. Assessment of your possible damages based on your evidence
  5. Likelihood of attorney's fees reimbursement
  6. Legal options to resolve your issue based on your goals
  7. Review of indemnification clauses
  8. Review of statute of limitations
  9. Review of routes to resolve your dispute (mediation, arbitration, court)
$700 value for $497

$697

EMPOWERED CALL (60 Minute Phone Call with 35 pages of document review)

What's Included in this call?
  1. 60-minute phone consultation
  2. 35 pages of document review (2 hours of attorney time, valued at $700)
  3. Complete analysis of your claims (causes of action)
  4. Assessment of your possible damages based on your evidence
  5. Likelihood of attorney's fees reimbursement
  6. Legal options to resolve your issue based on your goals
  7. Review of indemnification clauses
  8. Review of statute of limitations
  9. Review of routes to resolve your dispute (mediation, arbitration, court)
$1,050 value for $697

$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)
$500 per hour (expedited legal services)

$597

EXPEDITED ENLIGHTENED CALL (45 Minute Phone Call with 15 pages of document review)

Do you have an urgent legal matter (i.e. served with an eviction, notice of appeal deadline approaching, or need advice and counsel before signing a time sensitive contract)?


Then, schedule an Expedited Enlightened call.

With this option, you can forego the standard 48 business hour waiting period, if you have an urgent legal matter or upcoming deadline.

What's Included in this call?
  1. 45-minute phone consultation
  2. 15 pages of document review (1 hour of expedited attorney time, valued at $500)
  3. Complete analysis of your claims (causes of action)
  4. Assessment of your possible damages based on your evidence
  5. Likelihood of attorney's fees reimbursement
  6. Legal options to resolve your issue based on your goals
  7. Review of indemnification clauses
  8. Review of statute of limitations
  9. Review of routes to resolve your dispute (mediation, arbitration, court)
 
$762 value for $597

$697

EMPOWERED CALL (60 Minute Phone Call with 35 pages of document review)

What's Included in this call?
  1. 60-minute phone consultation
  2. 35 pages of document review (2 hours of attorney time, valued at $700)
  3. Complete analysis of your claims (causes of action)
  4. Assessment of your possible damages based on your evidence
  5. Likelihood of attorney's fees reimbursement
  6. Legal options to resolve your issue based on your goals
  7. Review of indemnification clauses
  8. Review of statute of limitations
  9. Review of routes to resolve your dispute (mediation, arbitration, court)
$1,050 value for $697

$997

ENCHANTED CALL (60 Minute Phone Call with 55 pages of document review)

What's Included in this call?
  1. 60-minute phone consultation
  2. 55 pages of document review (3 hours of attorney time, valued at $1,050)
  3. Complete analysis of your claims (causes of action)
  4. Assessment of your possible damages based on your evidence
  5. Likelihood of attorney's fees reimbursement
  6. Legal options to resolve your issue based on your goals
  7. Review of indemnification clauses
  8. Review of statute of limitations
  9. Review of routes to resolve your dispute (mediation, arbitration, court)
$1,400 value for $997

$3,000+

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: $4,500 + 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

35% + 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: $35,000
Net to Client: $57,000
35% of Award + Costs of Litigation

 
 

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

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