Daniel Mullkoff has extensive experience litigating a wide range of civil rights and employment matters at the trial and appellate levels. He has successfully represented plaintiffs in cases involving employment and housing discrimination, solitary confinement and other prisoners’ rights issues, police misconduct, sexual abuse, wage-and-hour violations, and freedom of speech.
Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Daniel worked at the New York Civil Liberties Union where he focused on police misconduct issues, including a class action challenging aspects of the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program, as well as cases challenging the use of solitary confinement and First Amendment violations. Prior to that, he clerked for the Honorable Keith P. Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
J.D., Yale Law School, 2010
- Charles G. Albom Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy in a Clinical Program
B.A. with high distinction, University of Michigan, 2005
- Hon. Keith P. Ellison, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2010-11)
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York
Miller et al. v. City of New York et al.
Obtained a historic $53 million settlement on behalf of a class of pre-trial detainees and parolees who claim that the New York City Department of Correction purposefully evaded limitations on the use of solitary confinement by placing inmates in unlawful stealth restrictive housing facilities. The settlement received extensive coverage in the New York Times, New York Post, and New York Law Journal.
A.P. v. United States of America
Successfully represented woman who was sexually assaulted by federal corrections officials while in custody at MDC Brooklyn in obtaining substantial compensation from federal government through Federal Tort Claims Act.
Employment Discrimination and Retaliation
Successfully represented dozens of individuals in litigation and negotiations who, on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, age, religion, and/or sexual orientation, suffered harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation in the workplace.
Parker v. City of New York
Obtained more than $5 million in damages for a class of Rikers Island detainees who claimed that their placement in solitary confinement violated their right to due process. Read the Settlement Agreement.
2020 Presidential Election
Participated with national team of lawyers advising state attorneys general on constitutional and state-law issues regarding election administration, ballot canvassing and counting, recounts, and election contests.
Curtis v. City of Kingston
Successfully represented bookseller in First Amendment challenge to city’s permit requirements for street vending, resulting in injunctive relief and amendments to the city law.
Carrera v. JG General Welding
Successfully represented group of immigrant construction workers in collective action obtaining unpaid wages and overtime under Fair Labor Standards Act.
Banks v. Peace of Mind Realty
Successfully obtained settlement for woman who was unlawfully denied opportunity to rent apartments because she received Section 8 vouchers.
Ligon v. City of New York
Obtained extensive injunctive relief in class action challenging NYPD’s unconstitutional use of stop-and-frisk in and around private apartment buildings.
Peoples v. Fischer
Successfully litigated class action resulting in broad reforms to the use of prolonged solitary confinement in New York state prisons.