Luna Droubi is a partner in BLH's Civil Rights Practice. Her litigation practice focuses on civil rights, employment discrimination, police and governmental misconduct, and international human rights. Luna also helps non-profit organizations in all legal aspects of operations and management.
Luna has investigated and litigated a number of important civil rights cases involving governmental misconduct, including the deaths of Samuel Harrell, David Felix, Sandy Guardiola, and Robert Chambers. She has also worked on a number of class actions, including alleging the existence of unlawful NYPD vehicle checkpoints in Queens in the case McLennon et al. v. City of New York et al. She is currently involved in the remedial phase of the ground-breaking stop-and-frisk class action, Floyd v. City of New York et al.
Luna has also successfully litigated a number of employment discrimination cases. 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. In 2017, she obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the FDNY on behalf of a Muslim radio dispatcher who similarly refused to shave his beard because of his faith.
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.
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 County Lawyers' Association
2017–2021 New York Metro Rising Stars in Civil Rights
2017–2021 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
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).
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).
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)
Civil Rights & Discrimination
International Human Rights
Non-Profit Formation and Maintenance
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