John P. Relman

Managing Partner
Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC

John P. Relman is the director of Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, a public interest law firm specializing in civil rights litigation. From 1989 to 1999, Relman headed the Fair Housing Project at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. Relman's better-known cases include Timus v. William J. Davis, Inc. ($2.4 million jury verdict for housing discrimination); Dyson v. Denny's Restaurants ($17.725 million race discrimination class settlement); Pugh v. Avis Rent-A-Car ($5.4 million class settlement); Gilliam v. Adam's Mark Hotels ($2.1 million class settlement); and Kennedy v. City of Zanesville ($10.8 million race discrimination jury verdict). He is the author of the Housing Discrimination Practice Manual (1992) and teaches public interest law at the Georgetown University Law Center.