Ilaan Maazel
Civil Rights Lawyer
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Ilann Margalit Maazel has a diverse trial and appellate practice specializing in high-profile civil rights and class action litigation, including police and prison misconduct, bullying, children's rights, disability rights, student discipline, discrimination, election, and wrongful death cases. He also represents a number of institutions and individuals in complex commercial and intellectual property disputes, and counsels high-level executives in compensation and employment matters. Mr. Maazel joined the firm after clerking for the Hon. John M. Walker on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Maazel's clients have included Martha Stewart, Friends of the High Line, the New York City Council, the NAACP, the Children's Aid Society, and a diverse array of commercial and civil rights clients. He has served as class counsel or co-counsel to a putative class of tens of millions of Americans subjected to illegal surveillance by the federal government, to a class of hundreds of disabled preschool children in a suit against the New York City and State Departments of Education, and to a class of thousands of inmates in New York City prisons in a suit against the New York City Department of Corrections. Mr. Maazel is a 2014, 2013 and 2012 New York "Super Lawyer," a recipient of the Legal Services Pro Bono Leader Award in 2009 and the Legal Aid Society's 2004 and 2005 Pro Bono Publico Awards, a 2001-02 recipient of a Coro Fellowship, Leadership New York, and received an Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship, awarded to "outstanding individuals who are committed to public service work." Mr. Maazel is the national civil rights blogger for, the civil rights litigation columnist for the New York Law Journal, and a frequent commentator on civil rights, First Amendment, education, and election law issues  in the national media.  Mr. Maazel previously worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and at the Federal Defenders in the Eastern District of New York.