Creating a hybrid practice that intertwines building construction issues and civil rights litigation, Locke Lord's employment lawyers have extensive experience defending and counseling clients nationwide regarding issues under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act for state/local governments and public accommodations, and under the Fair Housing Act for residential facilities. Locke Lord lawyers are well versed regarding the nuances of, applications of, and differences between the 1991 ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (including the proposed changes under consideration today by the Department of Justice and Access Board), the Texas Accessibility Standards (including 2011 proposed changes to bring them in line with the new 2010 federal standards), and the numerous safe harbors under the Fair Housing Act (including the Design Manual as well as the other safe harbors recognized under IBC and ANSI), as well as state and local laws and building codes regarding accessibility.
In our accessibility practice, we regularly assist clients with a wide variety of accessibility issues concerning mobility as well as vision and hearing impairments. These issues include verbal and other communications with customers or patients, websites, parking, bathrooms, hotel guestrooms, doors/entrances/exits, ramps, elevators, theatre and stadium seating, outdoor festivals and conventions, transportation, retail displays and routes, dressing rooms, reservations/tickets, signs, pools/spas, emergency notification devices, POS machines, and paths of travel between all of these accessible features. Locke Lord's lawyers know how to identify and prioritize accessibility concerns and to help clients resolve complex situations that accommodate business, aesthetic and historical preservation concerns along with addressing accessibility requirements. Our experience has assisted owners, operators, lessors, lessees, and managers of museums, stadiums, theatres, hotels, retail stores, parking garages, restaurants, physician offices, office buildings, car washes, fitness centers, banks and financial services centers and more.