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Maxwelle C. Sokol

Maxwelle C. Sokol

Associate

Maxwelle C. Sokol joined GLG in 2018 as an experienced civil litigator.  Her practice has centered on representing victims of discrimination, police misconduct, and other governmental abuse.  She has advocated on behalf of clients at all stages of litigation, from pre-suit negotiations to trial to appeal.

Bar and Court Admissions:

- Virginia (2015)

- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (2015)

- United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia (2018)

- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2016)

Notable Cases:

Sims v. Labowitz, 885 F.3d 254 (4th Cir. 2018).  Federal constitutional and statutory claims arising out of a police officer’s forcing a minor to pose for pictures of his genitals, ostensibly in furtherance of the officer’s investigation into the minor’s “sexting” his girlfriend.  The appellate court reversed the trial court’s dismissal of all claims and denied qualified immunity to the defendant officer.  Ms. Sokol co-wrote all briefs and argued the appeal.

Berry v. Target Corp., 214 F. Supp. 3d 530 (E.D. Va. 2016).  African American shopper on her way to the checkout counter was accused of, and ultimately prosecuted for, shoplifting by an employee who used a racial slur when detaining her.  Her claims under federal law prohibiting racial discrimination in allowing persons to “make and enforce contracts” and related state law claims were permitted to proceed.  Ms. Sokol co-wrote all briefs and argued the motion to dismiss.

Frazier v. Cooke, et al., 2017 WL 5560864 (E.D. Va. 2017).  Racially motivated physical attack on African American teenagers and campaign of harassment by adult neighbors.  The court ruled that claims under the Fair Housing Act and 42 U.S.C. §1985(3) (prohibiting conspiratorial racially motivated violence) and related state law claims could proceed.  Ms. Sokol co-wrote all briefs.

Education:

- University of Texas School of Law, J.D. (2015)

- Loyola Marymount University, B.A., with honors, Philosophy (2012)