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Civil Litigation Attorneys

Christman Kelley & Clarke, PC attorneys are both aggressive in civil litigation and thoughtful advisors for our clients, always assuring that the best interests of the clients are advanced at every stage of the litigation. We have tried numerous civil litigation cases for both the plaintiff’s and the defense side of the bar. We have represented clients across the economic and business spectrum, including international corporate clients and entities to low-income individuals who are victims. Contact Christman Kelley & Clarke today to schedule your initial consultation and let us fight for you in your civil litigation matter.

Civil Rights

As a nation of laws, it is essential that law enforcement agencies and other state officials fairly and evenly administer those laws.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title VII provides a remedy to any individual whose civil rights are violated because of their race, religion, national origin, color, an other protected classifications. Attorneys at Christman Kelley & Clarke, PC have extensive experience in both defending and prosecuting civil rights’ claims. Contact us today. We take great pride in providing a voice for victims of civil rights violations and have successfully obtained justice in a number of these cases.

Municipal Entitlements

Christman Kelley & Clarke, PC is a leader in guiding owners, developers, general contractors, financial institutions, and individuals through the maze of local entitlements. Attorneys in our Land Use and Municipal Law practice group offer a broad range of capabilities in dealing with regulation of land use, especially at the local government level. Our attorneys have broad experience and a high degree of success of achieving the goals of their clients through the granting of licenses, approvals, and/or enforcing clients’ rights through the litigation process when necessary to obtain approvals. CKC implements their services in a cost-effective approach to their projects. This includes advising on regulatory issues, negotiating with public officials, agency staff, and other interested parties, presenting projects at public hearings, and negotiating agreements with agencies. Contact us today. We are experienced in managing the strategy and tactics involved in contested cases in the public arena.


Remember the old adage, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”? At Christman Kelley & Clarke, PC, we understand that many of our clients face defamation issues that destroy their credibility and reputation.  Sometimes, this is the most contentious form of civil litigation. That’s why CKC attorneys are experienced in fighting slander and defamation, including internet defamation, false reviews, cyber attacks, cyber bullying and other internet-related issues that damage companies and individuals.  Our team identifies and stops defamers, cyber attackers and cyber bullies, removes defamatory information from websites and search engine indices, and seeks to recover damages.
False statements on the internet and in blogs can severely damage a business and a person’s reputation. The visibility and impact of such statements can substantially increase over time as false information moves up the search indices, is copied by other links, etc. Given the short statute of limitations for online defamation cases, it is important that those entities being attacked consider taking action to remove false statements from the internet.
If you believe you or your company is a victim slander or defamation, false reviews, cyber attacks or cyber bulling, contact us at CKC and let us help either defend civil litigation or consider a lawsuit of your own.

Business and Commercial

The attorneys at Christman Kelley & Clarke, PC are highly-skilled in civil litigation involving business disputes.  We have represented companies both large and small and have helped resolve thousands of civil litigation matters. Business litigation is a complex sub-topic of civil litigation law.  You will need an experienced attorney to protect your interests and fight for you. Whether you are starting a business, ending one, think your trade secrets have been stolen, have a dispute with shareholders or partners, or simply need the advice and counsel of an experienced business lawyer, contact us at CKC and let us help you.


Christman Kelley & Clarke, PC represents clients through all phases and types of civil litigation involving employment relationships and employment law, ranging from individual cases to class actions. We handle civil litigation involving employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, whistle blower, qui tam, and other employment-related civil litigation.


Employment law and related civil litigation governs the employer-employee relationship, including individual employment contracts, the application of tort and contract doctrines, and a large array of statutory regulation. Issues covered by this body of law include (1) the right to organize and negotiate collective bargaining agreements, (2) protection from discrimination, (3) wages and hour cases, and (4) health and safety.


Federal law establishes minimum wages and overtime rights for most workers in the private and public sectors; state and local laws may provide more expansive rights. Similarly, federal law provides minimum workplace safety standards, but allows the states to take over those responsibilities and to provide more stringent standards. Federal and state laws protect workers from employment discrimination. In most areas these two bodies of law overlap; as an example, federal law permits state to enact their own statutes barring discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin and age, so long as the state law does not provide less protections than federal law would. Federal law, on the other hand, preempts most state statutes that would bar employers from discriminating against employees to prevent them from obtaining pensions or other benefits or retaliating against them for asserting those rights.
The attorneys at Christman Kelley & Clarke, PC will carefully consider the legal and practical options that will best serve our clients and your needs. Contact us today and trust CKC to provide thoughtful and insightful counsel and representation.

Commercial Development

We have been serving the diverse and complex needs of the real estate community for many years through its inevitable economic cycles and constant regulatory changes. Our clients have continued to rely on us for our ability to effectively negotiate the nuances of any real estate transaction. CKC has a depth of experience in drafting, negotiating and enforcing contractor agreements and other construction contracts.


Interpersonal skills and knowledge of state, county and municipal laws are critical to success when guiding our clients through the approval and regulatory maze of the real estate market. We regularly appear before planning and zoning boards, as well as other administrative bodies and agencies.


Clients with real estate needs are able to draw from our firm’s experience in the legal areas of commercial and residential real estate, land use planning, environmental regulation, redevelopment, eminent domain, historic preservation, development financing, business formation counseling and estate planning.
We represent clients in all phases of real estate development, zoning, sales, purchases, financing and leasing and are ready to assist you with any of your needs. Contact us and let us assist you with your real estate needs. If the matters ends up in civil litigation, we are prepared to handle that too.

Insurance Disputes

Insurance litigation is an area of the law that deals with any disagreements between an insurance company and their covered individuals. An insurance company has to act in good faith and cover the damages illustrated in the policy. In the instance that an insurance company fails to live up to the terms of the policy, they are breaching their contract and acting in bad faith, thus legal action may be possible in this situation. If you believe you have been a victim of bad faith, please contact Christman Kelley & Clarke today to schedule your initial consultation and let us fight for you in your civil litigation matter..

Construction Defect

Many property owners suffer from profit loss, property loss, diminished value, health hazards, and dangerous property conditions due to defective construction. Defects in design, workmanship and materials include, water seepage through roofs, windows, and sliding glass doors; siding and stucco deficiencies; swimming pool defects, slab leaks or cracks; faulty drainage; improper landscaping and irrigation; termite infestation; improper materials; structural failure or collapse; defective mechanical and plumbing; faulty electrical wiring; inadequate environmental controls; improper security measures and devices; insufficient insulation and poor sound protection; and inadequate firewall protection.
Structural failures and earth movement conditions can be catastrophic in nature and present both personal injury and substantial property damage exposure. Landslide and settlement conditions may result in collapse of buildings; cracks in slabs, walls, foundations, and ceilings; disturbance of public or private utilities; and sometimes a complete undermining of the structures.
It is wise to consult an experienced lawyer who can assist in locating an independent expert to evaluate the developer’s investigation of the problem and proposed repair. The same expert should oversee actual repairs. Once repairs are agreed upon, our attorneys can draft a proper settlement agreement that does not release the developer or responsible contractor of liability except for the limited and defined repairs being made, and then only after the repairs have proved effective. We examine structures, materials, systems, designs, installation sequencing and practices to uncover the cause of a problem and determine responsibility. We have extensive experience in lawsuits involving swimming pool defects.  Contact us today and let our defect experts investigate problems and advise you of the cause, solution and estimated costs associated with the corrective actions.

Commercial Disputes

Christman Kelley & Clarke, PC has assembled an experienced group of skilled attorneys to help clients obtain, protect and enforce intellectual property rights in the United States, as well as maximize intellectual property through various business transactions. Our IP attorneys regularly counsel clients about trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; practice before government agencies to secure those rights; render trademark, and copyright infringement opinions; engage in civil litigation to protect intellectual property; handle arbitration, mediation, and other litigation alternatives; and negotiate licenses, joint ventures, divestitures and similar business transactions to maximize the value of such property.
The skills and backgrounds of CKC’s intellectual property attorneys are particularly well suited to aid clients in this practice area. Putting into place the mechanisms to maximize an entity’s intellectual property rights is no longer enough in the high-stakes IP environment of today’s market. Because of the valuable nature of these rights, an entity must be vigilant throughout the life of the intellectual property, in policing and enforcing the rights against others. Contact us at CKC and let us help you secure your rights.

CKC attorneys are both aggressive in civil litigation matters and thoughtful advisors for our clients, always assuring that the best interests of the clients are advanced at every stage of the litigation. CKC attorneys have tried cases on both the plaintiff’s and the defense side of the bar. We have represented clients across the economic and business spectrum, from international corporate clients to low-income individuals who have been victimized in an accident or by a company.  Contact Christman Kelley & Clarke today to schedule your initial civil litigation consultation and let us fight for you.