Civil Rights


Civil Rights

When even one person is denied the rights he or she is afforded by the Constitution or by federal or state laws, we all suffer. The Constitution of the United States reflects our country’s deeply rooted values of individual freedom and liberty.

At the Wyse Law Firm, P.C., we are committed to protecting the rights of individuals who have been harmed by the misconduct of the government and its agents and institutions. As a leading civil rights firm with considerable experience in state and federal courts, we have experience with a variety of civil cases including:

• Police misconduct
• Excessive Force
• Government misconduct
• Government employment discrimination
• First Amendment cases
• Student rights
• Criminal defense

• Civil litigation
• Federal court
• Indian law
• Privacy Rights
• Second Amendment cases
• Property Rights cases


We also offer government relations services. Visit our practice overview to learn more about our legal services, or contact our law office in Columbia, Missouri.

The government of the United States has been emphatically termed a government of laws, and not of men. It will certainly cease to deserve this high appellation if the laws furnish no remedy for the violation of a vested legal right.

-U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall, In the precedent-setting Marbury v. Madison decision (1803), A primary element that has separated the United States of America from virtually every other nation in history is the concept of it being “a nation of laws, not a nation of men.”

Put An Experienced Civil Rights Attorney On Your Side

Our attorneys are skilled advocates with a proven record of results and we strongly believe that the law is a noble profession. We care about our clients and work hard to protect their rights. We are passionate about what we do and bring to each case a strong commitment to achieve justice for our clients. You can be certain that you will have a strong advocate on your side at The Wyse Law Firm, P.C.

Our founding attorney, Stephen Wyse, is a highly regarded civil rights attorney with close to 17 years of legal experience. Mr. Wyse’ credentials in the civil rights arena are extensive. He is former police officer and investigator for State and federal agencies Chairman of a Missouri Bar Sub-Committee on DNA Exoneration and principle author of the committee’s report. Wyse is regularly summoned to testify about criminal justice issues before the Missouri General Assembly. Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America, Eighth Circuit United States Courts of Appeals and the Eastern and Western District federal courts of Missouri and the state courts of Missouri.


Contact A Missouri Civil Rights Lawyer

From our office in Columbia, Missouri we serve clients throughout Missouri. To schedule a consultation with a Missouri civil rights lawyer at our firm, call 573-449-7755. You may also contact us by email at


“A nation of laws”

A primary element that has separated the United States of America from virtually every other nation in history is the concept of it being “a nation of laws, not a nation of men.”

“A nation of laws” means that laws, not people, rule. Everyone is to be governed by the same laws, regardless of their station; whether it is the most common American or Members of Congress, high-ranking bureaucrats or the President of the United States; all must be held to the just laws of America. No one is, or can be allowed to be, above the law.

This idea was paramount in the complex process of establishing the United States of America, a young nation whose brave leaders had put everything on the line to escape the tyranny and oppression of the British Crown, which at the time was a nation ruled by people, in the person of King George III.

The Founders wrote restrictions into the Constitution against bills or laws of attainder, which are laws that do not apply equally to everyone, but target specific persons or groups in their enforcement, and are also known as “bills of pains and penalties.” In the hands of corrupt officials, these laws could be used as a weapon that would give an incumbent politician a major advantage over anyone else.

Can there be a better way for a nation to deal with its citizens than treating all of them equally under the law? About the only people who would disagree with this concept are those who are in a position, or want to be, to abuse the law and use their official positions unfairly, or those who benefit from that abuse.