President sends nomination of Arun Subramanian of New York to U.S. Senate for confirmation

 

Arun Subramanian. Photo taken in 2022 at the law firm Susman Godfrey where he served

President Joe Biden sent the nomination of Arun Subramanian, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, to the U.S. Senate Jan. 23, 2023. Nominated on September 6, 2022, Subramanian would become the firsts South Asian judge in the Southern District of New York if confirmed by the Senate. The seat was vacated by Judge Alison Nathan who was elevated to the United States Circuit Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit.

According to the biography put out by the Alliance for Justice, Subramanian was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1979. His parents immigrated from India in the 1970s. His father worked as a control systems engineer at several companies and his mother worked several jobs, including as a bookkeeper.

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In 2001, Subramanian graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University. He then attended Columbia Law School graduating in 2004. At Columbia, he was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. While in law school, he also served as a judicial extern for Hon. Sidney H. Stein in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Subramanian clerked for Judge Dennis Jacobs on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge Gerard E. Lynch on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court.

He joined Susman Godfrey LLP as the firm’s first litigation associate hired in the New York office, says the biography. Within a few years he had become the youngest partner at the firm. While there, he supervised junior attorneys in all aspects of litigation and coordinated pro bono activities.

He is credited with creating the firm’s first pro bono committee, and has hundreds of hours on pro bono work under his belt, including briefing and arguing appeals as court appointed counsel and representation of indigent clients in litigation.

At Susman Godfrey, he represented both plaintiffs and defendants, engaged in complex civil litigation at both the trial and appellate level.

He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Evidence

He has litigated landmark cases in diverse areas of law. His successes listed by Susman Godfrey include:

  1. Securing over $400 million for state and federal governmental entities in United States ex rel. Kester v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
  2. Recovering $590 million in settlements in the ongoing LIBOR price-fixing class action.
  3. Achieving a complete jury victory in Tyler, Texas as co-lead counsel on behalf of defendant Globus Medical in a spinal insert patent infringement suit brought by Flexuspine, a local Tyler company.
  4. Securing a “trailblazing” judgment victory of over $100 million for client Assured Guaranty against Flagstar Bank in one of the first trials concerning repurchases of faulty RMBS—”a significant milestone in forcing banks to honor contractual commitments made which they sought to avoid after the financial crisis,” said Susman Godfrey.

 

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