Doug Lieb

Doug Lieb graduated in 2013 from Yale Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal and represented clients in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Prior to joining the Firm in 2015, he clerked for the Hon. Vernon S. Broderick of the Southern District of New York and the Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He previously interned for The Defender Association in Seattle and the Texas Defender Service in Houston. Mr. Lieb received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University.


Representative Cases:

  • Currently representing pretrial detainees in putative class action challenging New York City’s efforts to circumvent restrictions on solitary confinement for young detainees and physical abuse by jail staff in Albany County. Defeated Defendants’ motions to dismiss, sever, and transfer the case, resulting in referral by the Court for federal criminal investigation. Washington v. City of New York, 2019 WL 2120524 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 30, 2019).
  • On behalf of presidential candidate and Pennsylvania voters, achieved settlement reforming Pennsylvania election system to require paper ballots and automatic audits of unofficial returns. The settlement agreement was reached after defeating the state’s motion to dismiss the case. Stein v. Cortes, No. 2:16-CV-6287 (E.D. Pa. 2018).
  • Won order quashing on First Amendment grounds abusive subpoena issued by multinational corporation to global civil movement that campaigned to raise awareness of the health risks of the corporation’s products. Avaaz Foundation v. Monsanto Company, No. 151653/2018 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cnty.).
  • On behalf of civic advocates, won summary judgment defeating federal permit for “Pier 55” project, leading to historic agreement securing additional $50 million in state funding to complete the Hudson River Park. City Club of New York v. United States Army Corps of Engineers, 246 F. Supp. 3d 860 (S.D.N.Y. 2017).
  • Successfully represented clients in numerous false arrest and excessive force cases involving misconduct by New York City police and correction officers.


Note, Vindicating Vindictiveness: Prosecutorial Discretion and Plea Bargaining, Past and Future, 123 YALE L.J. 1014 (2014)



Comment, Can § 1983 Help To Prevent the Execution of Mentally Retarded Prisoners?, 121 YALE L.J. 1571 (2012)



Note, Regulating Through Habeas: A Bad Incentive for Bad Lawyers?, 65 STANFORD L. REV. ONLINE 7 (2012)