Adriel I. Cepeda Derieux

Adriel I. Cepeda Derieux focuses his practice on complex litigation matters. He has extensive experience representing private and public clients in commercial and appellate litigation, as well as providing strategic counseling in anti-discrimination matters and government investigations.

Mr. Cepeda Derieux has experience litigating before state appellate courts, the United States Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has briefed appellate matters involving bankruptcy law, banking law, constitutional law and immigration law.

Mr. Cepeda Derieux maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on issues related to civil rights, citizenship, immigration reform and immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, and federal and state disability rights laws.

Mr. Cepeda Derieux was a member of the firm from 2010 to 2011, and rejoined the firm in 2013 after serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Juan R. Torruella of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and to the Hon. Theodore A. McKee of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Professional Activities

Mr. Cepeda Derieux is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the First Circuit, the Second Circuit, the Third Circuit, the Seventh Circuit, the Ninth Circuit and the District of Columbia Circuit, and the US District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He currently serves a three year term as an appointed advocate to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit's Pro Bono Panel.

Mr. Cepeda Derieux is a member of the Board of Directors of Part of the Solution (POTS), a nonprofit helping low-income individuals and families move from crisis to stability.

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  • Education

    • JD, Columbia Law School, 2010

      Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia Law Review, Simon H. Rifkind Prize
    • BA, History and Political Science, Williams College, 2005

  • Admissions

    • New York

    • United States Supreme Court

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Theodore A. McKee, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2012 - 2013

    • The Hon. Juan R. Torruella, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2011 - 2012