Alanna Kaufman

Alanna Kaufman is a practiced attorney with broad experience litigating and negotiating civil rights cases and commercial disputes in both federal and state court. Ms. Kaufman has extensive experience representing clients who have experienced employment discrimination, housing discrimination, disability discrimination, and wrongful convictions. Her commercial practice includes contract disputes, legal malpractice, and attorney ethics.

Ms. Kaufman joined the firm in 2015, after completing a clerkship with the Hon. Esther Salas of the District of New Jersey. Prior to that, Ms. Kaufman worked as a litigation associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, where she focused on complex commercial litigation and received the 2014 Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award. Ms. Kaufman graduated in 2011 from Columbia University School of Law, where she served as a staff editor of the Columbia Law Review and chapter president of the ACLU. While at Columbia, Ms. Kaufman was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and won the Robert Noxon Toppan prize in constitutional law. Ms. Kaufman received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.

Representative Cases:

  • Obtained monetary and injunctive relief on behalf of an individual with hearing aids seeking employment with the New York City Police Department, including revisions to the hearing policy for all NYPD applicants.  Khan v. City of New York, No. 15 Civ. 8015 (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Obtained largest settlement ever won by the Fair Housing Justice Center in the private rental market for a race, color, and source of income discrimination case, representing FHJC and three individual Plaintiffs.  Obtained extensive injunctive relief in addition to monetary relief.  FHJC, et al. v. Kosova Properties, Inc., et al., No. 16 Civ. 3537 (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement, including monetary and injunctive relief, on behalf of a disabled, individual complainant against a management company and co-op board who denied his apartment application.  United States v. 505 Central Avenue Corp. and West-Ex Associates, Inc., No. 17 Civ. 731 (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Secured a confidential, pre-litigation settlement on behalf on an individual alleging age discrimination with respect to his termination from a 501(c) organization in New York City.
  • Currently represent imprisoned, wrongfully convicted client seeking DNA testing arising from a murder that occurred in the 1990s in upstate New York.
  • Currently represent class action plaintiffs subject to administratively imposed sentences of post-release supervision by the New York State Department of Correctional Services.  Betances v. Fisher, No. 11 Civ. 1600 (S.D.N.Y.)