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.
- 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. He also is a member of the Project Development Committee of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, a coalition of over 250 law firms collaborating to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism, to better use the law as a vehicle for change that benefits communities of color, and to promote racial equity in the law. Mr. Vassanji was selected as a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2021 class of Pathfinders, a program offering leadership and career development training for high-performing, up-and-coming attorneys.
Columbia Law School, J.D. (2013)
The London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.M. (2012)
Columbia University, B.A. (2007)
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