Keith M. Szczepanski

 

Associate

E-mail: kszczepanski@blhny.com

Tel: 212-277-5892

 

Keith Szczepanski is an associate focusing on civil rights, criminal defense, and employment discrimination. Keith graduated from the City University of New York School of Law where he was Notes and Comments Editor of the City University of New York Law Review and represented CUNY undergraduates at contested public benefits hearings in the Economic Justice Project Clinic. He worked as a legal intern at Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services, the Center for Popular Democracy, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and Beldock Levine & Hoffman.

Professional Activities
 

National Lawyers Guild

National Police Accountability Project

 

 

Representative Cases

 

  • Defeated motion to dismiss where client was falsely arrested on hate crime charges that were subsequently published in several media outlets. Berrio v. City of New York et al., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3759, 15 Civ. 9570 (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Defeated motion to dismiss for First Amendment violations of man incarcerated at Fishkill Correctional Facility. Dolan v. Connolly et al., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29725, No. 13 Civ. 5726 (S.D.N.Y.).

  • Overruled denial of late notice of claim petition for false arrest. Matter of Mitchell v. City of New York, 134 A.D.3d 941 (2d Dep’t 2015).

  • Bench ruling suppressing knife found as a result of an unlawful search. All charges subsequently dismissed on the motion of the District Attorney. 

  • Obtained a favorable monetary settlement for client who was falsely arrested and unlawfully detained for 36 hours. Whitely v. City of New York et al., No. 15 Civ. 4551 (E.D.N.Y.).

Education

 

City University School of Law (J.D. 2014)

 

State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A. 2010, cum laude)

 

 

Practices
 

Civil Rights

Criminal Defense

Employment

Bar Admissions 
 

United States District Court, Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York

 

New York

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