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Nafees Syed

New York

t: 212.909.7637
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Areas of Practice


Constitutional Law and First Amendment / Mass Media

Privacy, Cybersecurity & Technology


Yale Law School, J.D., 2014; Moot Court Finalist (Oral argument before DC, Second, Tenth Circuit judges); Co-Chair, Moot Court Board; Notes Editor, Yale Law and Policy Review; Teaching Fellow

Harvard University, A.B., magna cum laude, Government, 2010; Phi Beta Kappa; Rhodes Scholar Finalist; Distinguished Senior Award from Harvard Dean; Editorial Editor, The Harvard Crimson; Institute of Politics


New York

Nafees Syed’s main practice areas include complex commercial litigation, constitutional litigation, and internal investigations. Selected recent matters include:

  • Representing the American Express Company in relation to several antitrust actions filed by the Department of Justice and credit card merchants, individually and as a class, alleging violations of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act;
  • Advising the owner of New York’s Grand Central Terminal on constitutional takings questions in light of Mayor de Blasio’s rezoning plan;
  • Representing the Kurdistan Regional Government in a dispute with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil regarding the right to extract and sell oil.

Other representative clients include HSBC, Barclays, and an undocumented child seeking to stay legally and permanently in the U.S. Ms. Syed is also part of the firm’s cybersecurity/privacy practice, in which the firm helps clients face one of the most important legal challenges today.

At Yale Law, Ms. Syed was Co-Chair of the Moot Court Board and Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals Finalist, presenting oral argument before Judges Thomas Griffith (DC Circuit), Christopher Droney (Second Circuit), and Scott Matheson (Tenth Circuit). She was also student government representative, YLPR Notes Editor, clinical director, Information Society Project fellow, and teaching fellow instructor for four Yale College courses.

Ms. Syed served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee under Chairman John Conyers. There, she worked on legal issues surrounding the BP oil spill and oversight of federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On behalf of the committee, she also worked on the successful impeachment trial of Judge Thomas Porteous Jr. under Congressmen Adam Schiff, Bob Goodlatte, and Hank Johnson.

Following that, Ms. Syed was a legislative aide for Congresswoman and ranking member Eddie Bernice Johnson, advising her on foreign policy, veterans’ affairs, and women’s issues.

Ms. Syed graduated from Harvard College, during which she worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the British Parliament.

Selected Professional Awards and Associations

New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association


Nafees has published several op-eds in CNN, Foreign Policy, The Huffington Post, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and The San Francisco Chronicle. They have often been featured on the front page and “most viewed” lists

Effect of Beijing Olympics on China’s Image in the United States, 27 International Journal of the History of Sport 2863-2892 (2010)

Essay Critic, The Harvard Crimson’s 50 Successful Harvard Application Essays: What Worked for Them (second edition)

Essayist, I Speak for Myself (White Cloud Press: 2011)

Related News

Boies, Schiller & Flexner to Represent Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Proceedings (April 20, 2015)

Government Service

Legislative aide, advisor, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Staffer, U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and Impeachment Task Force