Schumer recommends Manhattan attorney for spot on U.S. Southern District court bench

A prominent Manhattan attorney with a background in fighting for consumers should be appointed to the federal bench, according to Senator Charles Schumer.

The Senate majority leader has advised the Biden administration of his recommendation of Arun Subramanian as a judicial nominee for the Southern District of New York. 

“Arun Subramanian is a steadfast consumer protection expert who has spent his legal career defending consumers and individuals injured by unfair and illegal practices, including whistleblowers. He’s also defended victims of trafficking in child pornography. Moreover, his experience clerking for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and two other Federal judges, added to his broad and deep legal expertise,” said Schumer in a June 9 statement.

Subramanian currently serves as a partner with Susman Godrey, a law firm based in Houston but with offices on 6th Avenue in Midtown.

He has plenty of experience in the federal court system, having served as a law clerk to three jurists including the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also a New York native.

He was also appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to serve on the court’s Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Evidence.

As part of his practice to the public, Subramanian has defended public entities and whistleblowers in various False Claims Act cases, as well as victims of child pornography trafficking. Subramanian has also gone to court for consumers and individuals who have been injured by unfair and illegal practices.

“Arun has been actively involved in a variety of landmark matters for Susman Godfrey. No matter the arena, Arun has a proven track record of success,” according to Susman Godfrey’s online profile of Subramanian.

Among his victories include securing more than $400 million from state and federal governments through a lawsuit connected to Novartis Pharmaceuticals; gaining $590 million in settlements from LIBOR in the ongoing price-fixing class action lawsuit; and achieving a $100 million judgment in a federal residential mortgage-backed securities case against Flagstar Bank after the financial crisis of 2008.

Suramanian graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and English. Three years later, he earned his judicial degree from Columbia Law School as a James Kent & Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He also served as executive articles editor for the Columbia Law Review.