Raju Sundaran is a Partner at Abrams Fensterman, LLP working out of the firm’s Brooklyn office as a member of the Trusts and Estates and Guardianship Law practice groups.
Prior to joining Abrams Fensterman, Mr. Sundaran was Senior Counsel for the New York City Law Department where he successfully defended law enforcement officers and the City of New York in complex Section 1983 civil rights cases for 14 years. He effectively briefed numerous motions resulting in the dismissal of plaintiff’s claims against defendant police officers and the City of New York that could have exposed the officers and the City to multi-million-dollar judgements in favor of plaintiff. He has also successfully defended and won numerous federal jury trials with the potential for substantial exposure to a high plaintiff’s damages award stemming from a myriad of allegations, including but not limited to, false arrest, malicious prosecution, excessive force, denial of right to a fair trial, deadly force/police-involved shootings, and municipal liability.
In that role, he recently oversaw and managed compliance, risk audits, and monitoring of NYPD Stop-Question-Frisk policies under court-ordered federal monitorship in the SDNY, as well as defended high profile federal civil rights cases in SDNY stemming from mass arrests and criminal prosecutions during the 2004 Republican Nation Convention, including a certified class action.
During his tenure, he independently handled and defended numerous, complex Section 1983 federal civil rights involving allegations against police officers for false arrest, malicious prosecution, denial of right to fair trial, excessive force, and municipal liability from inception/pleadings through discovery, depositions, motion practice, and trial.
Mr. Sundaran earned his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School and is admitted to practice in the States of New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.
New Jersey, 2002
New York, 2003
District of Columbia, 2004
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2002
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2003
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2003
New York Law School, New York, New York, JD
Moot Court member, 2000-2002
Federal Communications Commission Fellowship Recipient, Summer 2000
Baruch College (City University of New York), New York, New York, BBA, cum laude
Publications and Seminars
Thomas v. City of New York, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137166 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 22, 2010)
Thomas v. City of New York, 293 F.R.D. 498 (S.D.N.Y. May 20, 2013)
Riley v. City of New York, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 189387 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 4, 2013)
Smith v. City of New York, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13926 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2014)
Riley v. City of New York, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16025, (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 10, 2015)
Riley v. City of New York, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173337, (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 31, 2015)
Thomas v. City of New York, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8960, (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 25, 2016)
Myers v. Moore, 326 F.R.D. 50, (S.D.N.Y. May 30, 2018)
Heaston v. City of New York, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10776, (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 20, 2022)
Boswell v. PO Collazo, 10 Civ. 3712 (SHS) (S.D.N.Y. July 22, 2011)
Nibbs v. Det. Goulart, et al., 10 Civ. 3799 (VM) (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 22, 2011)
Thomas v. Sgt. Kelly, et al., 09 Civ. 3162 (ALC) (S.D.N.Y. July 9, 2010)
Gad Alla v. PO Verkay, et al., 11 Civ. 892 (FB) (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 15, 2013)
Richardson v. Cpt. McCormack, 11 Civ. 2320 (LGS) (S.D.N.Y. April 22, 2014)
Jean-Laurent v. PO Harvey, 12 Civ. 2954 (KAM) (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 14, 2015)
Thomas v. Sgt. Kelly, et al., 09 Civ. 3162 (ALC) (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 8, 2015)
Villafana v. PO Murtha, 12 Civ. 5150 (FB) (E.D.N.Y. June 9, 2015)
Drumgoole v. PO Santana, 14 Civ. 1918 (ERK) (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 26, 2016)
Ali v. Sgt. Kipp, 11 Civ. 5297 (NGG) (E.D.N.Y. June 3, 2016)
Myers v. PO Moore, et al., 13 Civ. 1006 (PGG) (S.D.N.Y. June 11, 2018)
Wellner v. PO Davodian, et al., 16 Civ. 7032 (JGK) (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 26, 2019)
Dasrath v. City, et al., 15 Civ. 766 (AMD) (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 15, 2019)