Ali Frick

Ali Frick

africk@ecbalaw.com
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Ali Frick joined the firm in 2013. She previously clerked for the Honorable Anita B. Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She also interned for Nina Totenberg, the Legal Affairs Correspondent for National Public Radio, during the summer of 2012.

Ms. Frick received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2012. During law school, she was a member of the Capital Habeas Clinic, a research assistant for Professor Reva B. Siegel, and the president of the Yale Law Democrats. Ms. Frick spent her law school summers at the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Community Defenders for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Representative Cases:

  • Obtained a $3.5 million settlement from the State of New York for young autistic man who was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a State employee in a State-run group home. The abuse took place over multiple years, and was discovered after photos and videos the abuser, Steven DeProspero, had made of the assaults were found on his computer.
  • Secured a $1.3 million settlement from developers and engineers who failed to design and construct two housing developments in accordance with the Fair Housing Act. Ms. Frick represented Suzanne Vilchez, a woman confined to a wheelchair, and her mother, Maria, who had purchased a new home in a Queens development that would be handicap-accessible, only to find upon moving in that the required standards had not been complied with. Ms. Vilchez was essentially shut out of her home. The complex settlement provided $900,000 for damages, attorneys’ fees, and retrofits to the Ms. Vilchez’s unit, driveway, and sidewalks. Defendants were also required to retrofit ground floor units and certain common areas at the other development, in Dutchess County, at their expense. In addition, the settlement provided $400,000 for the Fair Housing Justice Center to use to provide financial assistance to income-eligible homeowners and renters with physical disabilities seeking to make accessibility modifications to their existing housing.
  • Sued the New York Board of Elections to close the “LLC Loophole,” a Board-created cut-out of the campaign finance laws that permits LLCs to donate vast, often undisclosed, sums of money to political campaigns and candidates. Following the filing of the law suit, in which ECBA represents the Brennan Center for Justice and various elected officials, The New York Times called on the Board to adopt ECBA’s position and close the Loophole once and for all.
  • Secured $750,000 from the City of New York for a young man who was brutally beaten at Rikers Island. Michael Cruz was assaulted by multiple correction officers at the jail and sustained a fractured rib that ultimately ruptured his spleen, leading to massive internal bleeding that required emergency surgery to remove the organ.

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Education

Yale Law School, J.D., 2012

 

Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2007

 

Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
New York

Memberships

New York City Bar Association (2014-present); Consumer Affairs Committee (2015-2016)
New York County Lawyers Association (2016-present); Civil Rights Committee (2016-present)
John Austin Cheley Foundation (Trustee)
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