Civil Liberties

Michigan Civil Liberties Attorneys

There is often confusion about the difference between civil rights and civil liberties. Generally speaking, civil rights refer to protection from discrimination , while civil liberties refer to basic rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. The civil liberties lawyers at the Farmington Hills, Michigan, office of Barry A. Seifman, P.C., help clients determine if their had a civil liberties have been violated, and, if so, the best course of action to take.

Types Of Civil Liberties

Our attorneys represent individuals who have been the victims of civil liberties violations, including violations of:

  • Freedom of speech

  • Rights to privacy including being eavesdropping

  • Rights of due process for government employees
  • Right to equal protection under the law


In the state of Michigan, there is a statute specifically prohibiting eavesdropping. A court can award punitive damages to individuals who have been subjected to illegal eavesdropping. At the firm of Barry A. Seifman, P.C. , we are known for our representation of police officers and firemen in eavesdropping cases against government agencies. In 1999, we received a $33 million verdict for 11 firemen against the city of Southgate. In 2001, we settled an eavesdropping case for 21 Hamtramck police officers.

Not sure? Contact us.

If your civil liberties have been violated or if you believe you may have a case involving infringement of a protected right, contact our office to set up a free 30-minute initial consultation. We can be reached by phone at 248.538.0711 or by e-mail .

Barry A. Seifman, P.C.
30445 Northwestern Highway
Suite 310
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Phone: 248.538.0711
Fax:     248.538.1801

Located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, the law office of Barry A. Seifman, P.C. , represents clients in Detroit, Southfield, Pontiac, Troy, Novi, Royal Oak, Mt. Clemens, Warren, Utica, Sterling Heights, Auburn Hills, Centerline, St. Clair Shores, Livonia, Dearborn, Plymouth, Taylor, Westland, Southgate, Allen Park, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, and Washtenaw County.

*CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.