Deborah Pernice Knefel 714-937-2035

Civil Rights

Ms. Knefel has been a civil rights litigator since 1984.  Most recently, Ms. Knefel was Deputy City Attorney and served as general and lead trial counsel for over 19 years for a charter city in Orange County, California.  She has successfully litigated hundred of disputes and completed 19 civil jury trials.  She has been lead trial counsel in numerous high profile matters including civil/constitutional rights, police officer involved shootings, use of force, wrongful death, labor and employment, disability, age, race, religion and national origin, gender discrimination and harassment matters. 

Ms. Knefel represents individuals, public entities and private businessowners in matters involving civil rights violations.

Ms. Knefel has litigated the following reported civil rights decisions:

Drummond v. City of Anaheim, 343 F.3d 1052 (9th Cir. 2003)