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 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.
- Obtained a major victory overturning the problematic “passport rule” that blocked those without valid passports from applying to the U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which affected millions of aspiring immigrants across the world, with the most dramatic impact on those from Africa.
- 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 a member of Law360's Access to Justice Editorial Advisory Board and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union as Treasurer. 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. He is part of the Legal Services Corporation's Emerging Leaders Council, a group composed of up-and-coming leaders working to raise awareness of the civil legal aid crisis in the United States and 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