Creating a hybrid practice that intertwines building construction issues and civil rights litigation, Locke Lord's accessibility lawyers have extensive experience defending and counseling clients nationwide regarding issues under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for state/local governments and public accommodations, and under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) for residential facilities. Our lawyers are well versed regarding the nuances and applications of, and differences between, the 1991 ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, WCAG 2.0 and 2.1, interpretations used by the Department of Justice and Access Board, and the numerous safe harbors under the FHA (including the Design Manual and 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 the “effective communication” requirements involving verbal, in person, online, telephone or other communications with customers or patients, websites, mobile apps, parking, bathrooms, hotel guestrooms, doors/entrances/exits, ramps, elevators, theatre and stadium seating, outdoor festivals and conventions, transportation, retail displays and routes, checkout aisles, dressing rooms, reservations/tickets, signs, pools/spas, emergency notification devices, POS machines, and accessible routes 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, managers of websites, mobile apps, museums, stadiums, theatres, hotels, retail stores, parking garages, restaurants, physician offices, office buildings, car washes, fitness centers, banks and financial services centers and more.