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Anil K. Vassanji

New York
7 Times Square
New York, NY 10036-6516
Tel: 212.833.1188
Fax: 212.373.7988

Anil Vassanji represents corporations and individuals in the financial services, real estate, and other industries in connection with a wide variety of complex commercial disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of real estate investors in an ongoing dispute over a luxury high rise development in New York.
  • Representation of Signature Bank in connection with employment litigation against First Republic Bank.
  • Representation of a class of tenants before the N.Y. Court of Appeals concerning rent stabilization.
  • Filed an amicus brief in the D.C. Circuit, in support of a Guantanamo detainee’s habeas corpus challenge to his ongoing detention, on behalf of an expert in due process and civil commitment standards.  

  • Pro bono representation of an individual placed on the FBI's No Fly List.

Prior to joining Friedman Kaplan, Mr. Vassanji was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. During his time there, he represented a wide range of corporate and individual clients on an array of civil and criminal disputes, including securities, environmental, class action, intellectual property, antitrust, appeals, cybersecurity, and regulatory matters.

Outside the Office

Mr. Vassanji serves as the chair of the Associates’ Committee for the Center for Constitutional Rights, a human rights non-profit organization based in New York, which employs creative and innovative litigation, advocacy and strategic communications in its commitment to use the law as a positive force for social change.

Fast Facts


Columbia Law School, J.D. (2013)

The London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.M. (2012)

Columbia University, B.A. (2007)

Bar Admissions

State of New York

U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Honors and Awards

Parker School Recognition of Achievement, Int’l & Comparative Law

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Law Review and Publications

Staff Editor, Columbia Business Law Review

Co-author, Targeting Operations With Drone Technology: Humanitarian Law Implications, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School, March 2011

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