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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 WeWork co-founder and former CEO and Chairman Adam Neumann and affiliated company We Holdings LLC in a Delaware Chancery Court action, which was consolidated with an action commenced by a Special Committee of WeWork’s Board of Directors, challenging the decision of WeWork’s majority institutional shareholder to terminate a multi-billion dollar tender offer.
  • 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 amicus briefs in the D.C. Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court, in support of Guantanamo detainees' habeas corpus challenges to their 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 is on the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union. He is also 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.

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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