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About Brian Zeiger
Brian J. Zeiger, Esquire is an experienced and successful civil rights attorney. He is a seasoned trial lawyer with great experience before juries and judges. Brian understands civil right case including: Taser, Wrongful Death, Excessive Force, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Malicious Prosecution, Monell Claims, Sexual Assault, Prisoner’s Right’s, Time Credit, Medical Malpractice, and Me... read more »
Brian J. Zeiger, Esquire is an experienced and successful civil rights attorney. He is a seasoned trial lawyer with great experience before juries and judges. Brian understands civil right case including: Taser, Wrongful Death, Excessive Force, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Malicious Prosecution, Monell Claims, Sexual Assault, Prisoner’s Right’s, Time Credit, Medical Malpractice, and Medical Indifference.
Mr. Zeiger is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and a graduate of Temple Law School. He is sworn in to every state and federal court in Pennsylvania. He has tried many jury trials in state and federal court and argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Zeiger is also a published author in civil rights. In 2013 he was published in the University of Texas Law School’s, Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights . The article is entitled “A Change to Relation Back.” The article discusses knowing the names and identities of the police officer defendants when no arrest was made and how your lawyer obtains that name from the lawyers for the government. This is an important topic in understanding how to properly frame a lawsuit against the police. Often a client comes in right before the statute of limitations tolls without the names of the officer to sue. Understanding the principles of relating back the claim to avoid a statute problem is essential to filing that type of short time limit lawsuit.
People facing criminal allegations may be subject to significant fines, probation, community service, and significant restrictions of their freedoms. As a result, it is important to retain the services of an attorney who has experience and understands the stakes in criminal cases. Mr. Zeiger has the skill required to help bring your case to the best resolution possible.
In addition, Mr. Zeiger understands the rights of victims. Whether folks are victims of sex crimes, or victims of any type of crime, Mr. Zeiger looks for a recovery where other lawyers do not. Brian leverages his insight of criminal law and civil rights litigation against victims rights to understand how to make a recovery for his clients.
Mr. Zeiger is passionate about jury trials and his true home is in the courtroom. Often times when prospective clients ask Mr. Zeiger why they should hire him, the answer is that sometimes clients need a fighter. Mr. Zeiger routinely tries cases in front of jury which distinguishes him from his peers.
Map & Directions
|Area of Practice||% Focus|
|Pennsylvania||Member in Good Standing||2001|
|The Zeiger Firm||2005 – present|
|Temple University School of Law||Law||J.D||2000|
|Washington University of St. Louis||Accounting & Finance||B.S.B.A||1997|
|Member||National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws||2015 – present|
|Member||Philadelphia Bar Association||present|
|Member||Philadelphia Inn of Court||present|
|NITA Building Trial Skills||Faculty with NITA (National Institute for Trial Advocacy)||---|
|Driving Under the Influence||Faculty with Law Review CLE||---|
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