David Rankin


David B. Rankin has been actively involved in numerous first amendment cases and in the defense of protesters and bystanders arrested at or around demonstrations. During the Republican National Convention in 2004, he helped lead the National Lawyers Guild’s legal response to unconstitutional police practices by organizing nearly 1,000 lawyers and legal workers. Over the last 10 years Mr. Rankin has represented 100s of plaintiffs in lawsuits against the NYPD, the City of New York, and other municipalities.

Mr. Rankin has been invited to conduct legal trainings for lawyers on civil rights matters at the Practicing Law Institute, New York County Lawyers Association, the Legal Aid Society, the Federal Bar Counsel, amongst others. Additionally, Mr. Rankin has lectured on policing issues at the area law schools.

Mr. Rankin received a B.A. from Reed College and a J.D. from New York Law School. While in law school was an assistant to the past President of the ACLU. He is a member of the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. He is the proud father of Eva Lucia and happy husband to Alexandra Goncalves.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Rights

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