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Anne C. Leahey- Counsel

Kevin M. SpellmanAnne joins the firm after fourteen years as an Assistant Attorney General. At the State Office of the Attorney General, Anne handled a wide variety of cases including false arrest, malicious prosecution, excessive force, wrongful death, breach of contract, quasi-contract, road design, car accidents, negligence, governmental bidding disputes, citizen-taxpayer challenges, toxic torts, dwi and dui (civil), insurance disputes and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation. She has handled federal and states cases from pleading, through discovery, deposition, motion practice, trial and appeal. During the 1980’s she worked as Assistant General Counsel at the NYC Office of Municipal Labor Relations, where she handled arbitrations and contract negotiations. Before that, she was the Executive Assistant to the General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs, NYC Human Resources.

Significant cases include Third v. New York State Dept. of Transp., which was upheld at 27 A.D.3d 452 (2d Dept. 2006). The Thide case is frequently cited as establishing employment discrimination standards under the state Human Rights Law.

Other representative cases include Barnes v. Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, 860 F.Supp.2d 194 (E.D.N.Y. May 15, 2012) (employee’s assignment to “rubber room” did not violate due process), and Johns v. Rampe, 524 F.Supp.2d 177 (E.D.N.Y. 2007) (Rooker Feldman doctrine barred plaintiff’s claim regarding his submission to contest for the design of the memorial at the World Trade Center).

Areas of Practice:

  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Discrimination: all theories
  • Constitutional Law
  • First Amendment Litigation
  • Search & Seizure Protection
  • False Arrest
  • Excessive Force & Malicious Prosecution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Construction Litigation
  • Labor Law
  • Road Design
  • Motor Vehicle Litigation
  • Wrongful Death Litigation
  • Article 78
  • Insurance Coverage


  • Fordham Law School, J.D. 1978
  • Fordham College, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 1975

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, SDNY, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, EDNY, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1996

Professional Associations:

  • Suffolk County Bar Association

Outside of the office, Anne enjoys playing her folk harp and practicing yoga.

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