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Gabriel P. Harvis

Gabriel P. Harvis

Practice areas:

Civil Rights

About Me

Gabriel P. Harvis focuses his practice on serious cases of police misconduct and jail abuse, and frequently brings actions on behalf of those challenging unconstitutional governmental policies and practices. Mr. Harvis began his career defending City employees, primarily police and correction officers, in federal civil rights damages actions and jury trials as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in New York City's Law Department. During his government service, Mr. Harvis defended over 100 civil rights cases in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and worked on high profile class action, wrongful death and equal protection cases, among others.  

Since entering private practice in 2010, Mr. Harvis has handled a number of important cases, made new law in the area of civil rights, won several federal jury trials on behalf of plaintiffs and successfully argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on the issues of qualified immunity and probable cause. Mr. Harvis is regularly quoted in the New York Times and other publications, lectures on issues related to civil rights litigation and police misconduct and serves on the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Civil Rights.

Mr. Harvis is an alumnus of Brooklyn Law School and a member of the Federal Bar Council and the National Police Accountability Project. He is admitted to practice in New York State, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Civil Rights: 100%
    9 years, 275 cases



Contingent (33%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Jeffrey Benson Einhorn

    Gabe is a great civil rights attorney -- bright and extremely diligent.


    Jeffrey Einhorn Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andrew Nyombi

    Top-notch lawyer. Very highly respected in the community.


    Andrew Nyombi Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Harvis Wright & Fett LLP

305 Broadway
14th Floor
New York, NY, 10007-1134


NYCurrently registered 200703/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Finalist, Best Law Firm Website 2012Lawyerist.com2012

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerHarvis Wright & Fett LLP2010 - Present
Assistant Corporation Counsel, Special Federal LitigationNew York City Law Department, Office Of The Corporation Counsel2006 - 2010

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkMember, Committee on Civil Rights2013 - Present
New York City Bar Association, Civil Rights CommitteeInterim Chair, Stop and Frisk Subcommittee2013 - 2013
Federal Bar CouncilMember2010 - Present
National Police Accountability ProjectMember2010 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Lucas v. Port Authority of New York and New JerseyPunitive damages awarded to plaintiff
Schwartz v. City of New YorkSettlement

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Publication NameTitleDate
West Law JournalFranks v. City of New York2013

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Trinity CollegeN/ABA2001

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
LAS CLE SeriesA Criminal Practitioner's Guide to Civil Law2014
CUNY Law School - Police Misconduct and Civil LiabilityPanel Member2013
Brooklyn Defender Services - CLE SeriesCivil Rights Litigation2013