Fair Housing & Discrimination Claims



Emotionally-charged and fraught with potential liability, defending tenant discrimination claims requires an especially deft and experienced hand.  For more than three decades, Wilson Elser has defended property managers, associations and boards, and real estate owners and brokers against a wide spectrum of discriminatory allegations related to age, sex, race, disability, national origin and familial status.

Our attorneys routinely handle administrative complaints registered with HUD and other federal and state agencies. Because we’re licensed in most states and can manage federal actions from any of our 41 national offices, we provide “on the ground” legal representation in virtually all jurisdictions.

As required, we will also defend our clients in Federal Court as plaintiffs exercise that option under the Fair Housing Act. Our uncommonly high concentration of seasoned trial attorneys gives us an advantage in these instances, as does opposing counsel’s familiarity with our formidable talent and tenacity in the courtroom.  

As tenant discrimination claims are received, our practice attorneys carefully evaluate the allegations, speak with appropriate client personnel and frequently conduct on-site investigations before devising a defense strategy.  We make every effort to have cases dismissed early and enjoy an enviable record of success in this regard.  

We frequently draw on the experience of on our Employment & Labor practice attorneys whose matters are similarly sensitive, frequently involve one of several types of discrimination and are subject to analogous statutes and regulations.  Given their national presence, with more than 150 attorneys strategically located throughout the country, we also look to our Employment & Labor attorneys to serve as our “eyes and ears” in most any venue when it helps advance our clients’ objectives and realize greater cost efficiencies.