Columbia University, J.D., 1996
- James Kent Scholar
- Jane Marks Murphy Prize,
Human Rights Law Review
Harvard University, A.B.,
magna cum laude, 1990
- John Harvard and Elizabeth Agassiz Scholarships
- Hon. Sterling Johnson, Jr.,
U.S. District Court for the E.D.N.Y.
- New York
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York
(Board Member, 2007 - 2010)
Selected Speaking Engagements and Publications
- New York City Bar Association, Federal Courts Committee, Federal Court Practice 101, Panel Member 2017, 2016 & 2015
- Fair Housing Law and Litigation Training, Panel Member, 2016 & 2015
- Federal Bar Council, Panel on Section 1983 Litigation for Federal Law Clerks, Panel Member (2012-2016)
- ABA Labor & Employment Law Conference Speaker, 2015 (Philadelphia), 2011 (Seattle), 2010 (Chicago)
- 2d Circuit Federal Mediators Training for Section 1983 cases, Panel Member, 2014
- PLI Municipal Law Institute, Panel on Mediation, 2014
- New York State Bar Ass'n Labor & Employment Law Section Fall 2011 Meeting, Panel on Retainer Agreements
- ABA Labor & Employment Law Conference, 2010, Chicago, Illinois, Panel on Damages
- NELA/NY, Spring 2009, Panel on Damages Experts
Mariann Meier Wang
Mariann Meier Wang is an experienced trial lawyer and advocate. Her practice focuses on both civil rights and commercial litigation, including sexual and racial assaults and harassment, retaliation, childhood sexual abuse, employment and housing discrimination, labor law violations, police misconduct, First Amendment, prisoners' rights, and sexual orientation discrimination, and on contract and business tort disputes. She has served as both individual and class counsel for systemic allegations seeking both monetary damages and injunctive relief. Prior to founding Cuti Hecker Wang LLP, Mariann Meier Wang previously worked at a variety of civil rights law firms, including the ACLU and an international human rights law group in London, as well as a large commercial law firm in New York City.
Sexual Assaults, Sexual Abuse, Sex Harassment and Racial Abuse/Harassment
Represented many individuals who have suffered severe sexual harassment, assaults or abuse in a variety of contexts, including employment, housing, education and other circumstances through both confidential mediations and litigation. For example:
- Successfully represented numerous college students in Title IX proceedings and lawsuits who suffered a rape or sexual assault, and then retaliation for reporting the incident;
- Obtained millions of dollars and other relief for more than fifty childhood sexual abuse victims at different educational institutions who were abused by teachers, administrators and/or coaches, including survivors of abuse at private lower, middle, and high schools;
- Prevailed in New York's highest court in a defamation action on behalf of Bobby Davis and Michael Lang with respect to their claims against Syracuse University and basketball coach Jim Boeheim for statements made concerning their reports that associate coach Bernie Fine sexually abused them as children;
- Successfully litigated and mediated multiple actions in federal court on behalf of women who suffered sexual assaults at work and outside of work, by both supervisors and co-workers, and were then retaliated against when it was reported;
- Obtained settlements from security company and landlord after woman was raped in her own home;
- Successfully represented a female tenant against a Brooklyn landlord who sexually assaulted/harassed her in her home;
- Forced major financial services company to pay over $1 million for violations of discrimination law based on sexual overtures of one of its supervisors, as well as racial attacks by the same individual;
- Counselled and represented numerous rape survivors in the aftermath of their attack.
- Represented group of male fire safety officers who were discriminated against on the basis of their Caribbean descent/national origin and race. Successfully settled.
Sellick v. Consolidated Edison Company of New York
Representing Sharron Sellick for nearly ten years in fighting discrimination and retaliation at local utility company, where she does traditionally male-dominated field work.
Housing and Lending Discrimination
Represented, and currently representing, dozens of individuals denied the opportunity to rent or buy real estate in the New York region because of discriminatory practices and policies by landlords, managing agents and real estate agents. Currently litigating injunctive and damages case against Ulster Savings Bank for discriminatory lending practices, based on two-year testing investigation conducted by the Fair Housing Justice Center. Multiple federal and state court actions based on discrimination relating to race, national origin, gender, family status and source of income.
T.H. v. City of New York
Alongside Legal Services, NYC, successfully litigated injunctive and damages case against the City of New York for the Department of Education's improper/overbroad use of emergency services and/or NYPD to deal with children in schools.
Strip Search Class Action
Litigated a class action that resulted in extensive injunctive relief, including a special monitor for two years, and a $33 million settlement for 100,000 persons who were illegally strip searched upon admission to Rikers after being arraigned solely on misdemeanor or lesser offenses.
Vilkhu v. City of New York
Obtained a jury verdict for Mr. Vilkhu, who was beaten by two NYPD officers, despite the fact that there were no eyewitnesses and the officers denied that the incident occurred. Collected over half a million dollars in damages and fees.
Cruz v. Nieves
Obtained jury verdict for a gay man, who was subjected to vicious homophobic harassment while he lived in a Bronx apartment building, based on New York State and City laws prohibiting housing discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Successfully represented several companies in prosecuting and defending against trademark infringement actions, including a large luxury-clothing retailer, an urban music company, and a radio show.
Contract Disputes and Business Torts
Successfully represented numerous small businesses and publicly held corporations in a wide range of commercial cases alleging business torts and contract disputes.
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