Animal Rights Law refers to legal action affecting the rights, standing and/or welfare of an animal. Animals have historically been treated as the property of their owners, worth no more than their fair market value. As society began to view animals as having more value than that of mere property, the body of law protecting animals slowly began to develop and is now growing at a rapid pace. This exciting area of the law is still very new and matters of first impression continue to arise, further defining and establishing the laws protecting the welfare of animals. Animal Law cases range from simple transactional issues to complex litigation. RLG only handles matters that advance the interests and rights of animals.
RLG represents clients in a wide variety of animal law matters, including:
Wrongful Death Actions
Veterinary Medical Malpractice Suits
Defending the Constitutional Rights of Animal Activists (in criminal and civil suits)
Personal Injury Cases (representing the interest of the animal)
Defense at Vicious Dog Hearings
Products Liability Litigation
Creation of Animal Trusts
Domestic Custody Disputes
Discrimination Suits on Behalf of Disabled (and their need for a service animal)
Animal Cruelty Cases
Anything that can further the interests and rights of animals and or their guardians
General Civil Litigation
“RLG cares for the lives of animals”
General Civil Litigation refers to legal action between parties seeking money damages, performance, or criminal sanctions. General Civil Litigation attorneys represent their clients before local, state, and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies and foreign tribunals. Whether representing the plaintiff when filing a law suit, or a defendant in defending a suit, a civil litigation attorney advises clients whether a case is best suited for mediation, settlement, or going to trial. General civil litigation cases range from simple transactional issues to complex litigation.
RLG represents clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including:
Family Law (divorce, custody, child and spousal support, pre-nuptial agreements)
Mediation refers to efforts toward a settlement of a dispute or controversy by setting up an independent person between two contending parties in order to aid them in the settlement of their disagreement. Mediation can be an effective alternative to litigation, where both parties are able to participate in the outcome of the dispute.
RLG attorneys serve as mediators for a wide variety of animal rights matters, including:
Domestic Custody Disputes
Personal Injury Cases
Barking Dog Complaints Between Neighbors
Veterinary Medical Malpractice Disputes
Any other disputes that arise between parties over animal issues wherein RLG can aid in protecting the rights of the animal and both parties.
Contact RLG to schedule a consultation and discuss your legal options.