About the Civil Rights Group
Tom and Alison met when Alison moved into the office next door to Tom’s at Sidley Austin LLP, a large corporate law firm. Alison had joined the firm as pro bono counsel because she wanted to work on prisoners’ rights and other civil rights cases, and large firms like Sidley are often appointed by judges to handle those cases. Tom was also interested in civil rights cases, having worked on dozens as a clerk to two judges and in his past work for Loevy & Loevy and Brancart & Brancart.
Tom and Alison hit it off and soon took one of the firm’s civil rights cases to trial. Working together on that case was one of the most fun times they’ve had as lawyers. And receiving a $425,000 verdict and, after attorneys’ fees and costs, a nearly $1 million judgment, was one of their most rewarding experiences.
A few years later, Tom had started his own firm and Alison had moved on from Sidley to Loevy & Loevy, following her passion for civil rights work. Eventually, Tom needed help and Alison was excited to team up again and focus on the kinds of cases she felt most passionate about. Joining up together just made sense, so, in January 2022, they founded the Civil Rights Group.