Luna Droubi

 

Partner

E-mail: ldroubi@blhny.com

Tel: 212-277-5875

Luna Droubi
 

Luna Droubi is a partner and experienced litigator. Her practice includes representing individuals and not-for-profit organizations in many matters including employment matters; discrimination; not-for-profit operations and management; wrongful conviction, and governmental misconduct. 

 

Luna has investigated and litigated a number of important civil rights cases, including the deaths of Samuel HarrellDavid Felix, Sandy Guardiola, and Robert Chambers. Luna, together with Partner Jonathan Moore, represented the Estate of Eric Garner, who was killed in a chokehold and whose death led to international outrage and calls for change.

 

Luna has also appeared as class counsel in civil rights actions challenging unconstitutional policing and employment practices, including the ground-breaking “Stop and Frisk” litigation. In 2016, she filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of NYPD officers seeking an accommodation to wear their beards pursuant to their religious beliefs. She successfully secured a temporary restraining order against the NYPD on behalf of an officer who was placed on unpaid leave for refusing to shave his beard because of his Muslim faith, leading the NYPD to change its policy regarding religious accommodations.


Luna also has extensive experience in employment matters. In 2017, she obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the FDNY on behalf of a Muslim radio dispatcher who refused to shave his beard because of his faith. In 2021, she successfully negotiated a settlement with the Nashville Police Department to allow employees to wear religious head coverings. She frequently handles negotiations of employment, severance, and separation agreements.

Prior to joining BLH, Luna clerked for the Honorable Sterling Johnson Jr. in the Eastern District of New York. During law school, Luna was Editor-in-Chief of the New York Law School Law Review and worked at the United Nations, Manhattan Legal Services, and the Legal Aid Society. 

Education

 

New York Law School

(J.D. 2011, cum laude),

Editor-in-Chief, New York Law

School Law Review

 

New York University

(B.A. 2006, cum laude)

Practices
 

Employment

Civil Rights & Discrimination

Wrongful Death

International Human Rights

Non-Profit Formation and Maintenance

Bar Admissions

 

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

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

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

 

New York

 

New Jersey

 

Professional Activities

Arab American Bar Association & Fund

Litigation Counsel of America

Muslim Bar Association of New York

Muslim Social Justice Initiative

National Employment Lawyers Association

National Lawyers Guild

National Police Accountability Project

New York Civil Liberties Union, Board Member

New York County Lawyers' Association

Awards

 

 

20172021 New York Metro Rising Stars in Civil Rights

20172021 SuperLawyers Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney

2017 Associate Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

2011 Graduation Award for Excellence in the Field of Human Rights

2010–2011 Editor-in-Chief, New York Law School Law Review

Representative Cases
Publications

Henry Dlugacz,  Luna Droubi, and Mehgan Gallagher, Custodial Suicide and Class Action Remedies: Current Obstacles and Future Directions, Behav. Sci. & L. (2019)

Henry Dlugacz & Luna Droubi,The Reach and Limitation of the ADA and its Integration Mandate: Potential Implications for the Successful Reentry of Individuals with Mental Disabilities in a Correctional Population, 35 Behav. Sci. & L. 135 (2017).

Note: The Constitutionality of the Niqab Ban in Egypt: A Symbol of the Struggle for Egypt’s Legal Identity, 56 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 687 (2011–2012).

 

Comment: People v. Guardino, 55 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 1157 (2010–2011) (discussing whether an individual can rely on numerical evidence of a high juror dismissal rate to demonstrate a prima facie case of jury discrimination in New York).

 

 

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  • Defeated summary judgment in a disability discrimination case on behalf of a physician terminated from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Piligian v. Icahn Sch. of Med. at Mount Sinai, No. 1:17-CV-01975 (ALC), 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 178058, at *2 (S.D.N.Y. Sep. 28, 2020).

  • Defeated motions to dismiss and summary judgment in the wrongful death case of David Felix, who was shot and killed by two NYPD detectives on April 21, 2015. The Court denied summary judgment, finding that a question of fact existing given the Detectives' use of subterfuge to enter the apartment building where they ultimately shot and killed Mr. Felix. The Court also twice found that Plaintiffs successfully asserted a claim for failure to train and supervise officers on how to properly treat emotionally disturbed persons by plausibly supporting the existence of a training deficiency and the city’s awareness of same. Felix v. City of N.Y., 344 F. Supp. 3d 644 (S.D.N.Y. 2018); Felix v. City of N.Y., 408 F. Supp. 3d 304 (S.D.N.Y. 2019); Felix v. City of N.Y., No. 16-cv-5845 (AJN), 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 189223 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 13, 2020).

  • $2.25 million jury verdict finding Rockefeller University discriminated against Iranian scientist Dr. Effat Emamian based on her race and national origin. Emamian v. Rockefeller University, No. 07-cv-3919 (DAB) (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 28, 2018), remitted verdict aff'd, Nos. 19-127, 19-168, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 26261, at *26 (2d Cir. Aug. 19, 2020)

  • Obtained a Preliminary Injunction in a religious discrimination lawsuit against the FDNY. Lewis v. City of New York, No. 17-cv-6114 (GHW)(HBP) (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 24, 2017).

  • Obtained a Temporary Restraining Order in a putative class action against the NYPD challenging the NYPD's policy on religious accommodation and the right to wear a beard for religious purposes. Syed v. City of New York et al., No. 16-cv-4789 (S.D.N.Y. 2016).

  • Filed a wrongful death lawsuit after investigating the death of Samuel Harrell, a mentally disabled inmate at Fishkill Correctional Facility who was beaten to death by a group of guards known as the "Beat Up Squad." Estate of Harrell v. DOCCS et al., No. 15-cv-7065 (S.D.N.Y. 2016).

  • $169,750 settlement on behalf on a client who was excessively pepper-sprayed by NYPD officers. Luckey v. City of New York et al., No. 14-cv-01571 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 23, 2016).