Zoe Salzman | Partner at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP

Zoe Salzman


Zoe Salzman is an experienced trial attorney.  She has tried commercial and civil rights cases before juries in both federal and state courts.  She has also argued appeals in both the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the First Department Appellate Division.

Ms. Salzman’s diverse practice at the firm includes representing people, companies, and not-for-profit organizations in challenges in many fields, including employment discrimination; sexual harassment; wrongful conviction; police and prison abuse; tort and contract disputes; partnership disputes; housing discrimination; constitutional litigation; developmental disability discrimination; and school bullying.

She also represents executives and employees in negotiating severance and separation agreements.

Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Ms. Salzman clerked for the Hon. Sterling Johnson, Jr. in the Eastern District of New York and worked with the International Human Rights Clinic at NYU School of Law.  Ms. Salzman graduated magna cum laude from NYU School of Law in 2007.

Representative Cases:

  • Filed a groundbreaking class action lawsuit challenging the Tampon Tax in New York State, which prompted the legislature to vote to eliminate the tax. The suit also seeks refunds for millions of women forced to pay the illegal sales tax. Seibert, et al. v. N.Y. State Dep’t of Taxation and Finance, et al., Index No. 181500/2016 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cnty.).  Read an interview with Ms. Salzman on the case here. Read more about the case here and here.
  • Obtained a $6 million settlement for the family and estate of Tamir Rice in a civil lawsuit against the City of Cleveland for the shooting death of Tamir Rice, a 12 year-old boy, who was killed by police in Cleveland while playing alone in the park. Winston, et al. v. City of Cleveland, et al., No. 14 Civ. 02670 (N.D. Ohio). Read more about the case here. Watch an interview with Zoe Salzman on MSNBC here.
  • Examined and cross-examined witnesses on behalf of a bank and real estate development company in a four-week trial involving a commercial lease dispute in federal court against Home Depot.  Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. v. G&S Investors/Willow Park L.P. et al., No. 98 Civ. 6719 & 00 Civ. 0676 (E.D.N.Y.).
  • Secured a favorable settlement on behalf of the Committee to Save Cooper Union in a case challenging the decision to charge tuition at The Cooper Union as incompatible with the intentions of Peter Cooper and the trust he established to fund the school. The settlement, negotiated with the school and the Attorney General, established a free education committee on the board of trustees, among other requirements. The Committee to Save Cooper Union, Inc., et al. v. Board of Trustees of the Cooper Union, et al., Index No. 155185/2014 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cnty.). Read more here.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement in a case challenging a discriminatory “age targeted” housing project in Westchester County on behalf of Westchester Residential Opportunities. As a result of the settlement, the town eliminated the provision for age-targeted development in its Village Code. Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. v. Village of Bronxville, et al., 15 Civ. 00280 (S.D.N.Y.). Read more here.
  • Obtained a $3.5 million settlement for the twelve named plaintiffs in Nunez v. New York. This class action suit was brought by ECBAWM together with the Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners’ Rights Project on behalf of inmates at Rikers Island who were severely injured by correctional officers and to make systemic changes to halt the excessive violence plaguing the jail there. Nunez, et al. v. New York , et al., No. 11 Civ. 5845 (S.D.N.Y.).  Read more here and here.
  • Secured a $4.48 million settlement on behalf of five Jewish children who were the victims of repeated anti-Semitic bullying in the Pine Bush School District. In addition to the monetary damages, the sweeping settlement requires significant reform to policies, training and the tracking of anti-Semitic incidents, all under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Education. T.E., et al. v. Pine Bush Central School District, et al., No. 12 Civ. 2303 (S.D.N.Y.). Read more about the case here and here.


Report, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Rights Within Reach: Securing Human Rights and Equality in Nepal’s New Constitution (New York: NYU School of Law, 2010)


Armed Groups in Peace Processes: Who Gets a Seat at the Negotiating Table?, IILJ Emerging Scholars Paper 10 (2008), available here


“The Tangled Web”: The Right of Self-Defense against Non-State Actors in the Armed Activities Case, 40 N.Y.U. J. INT’L L. & POL. 53 (2008)


Note, Private Military Contractors and the Taint of a Mercenary Reputation, 40 N.Y.U. J. INT’L L. & POL. 853 (2008)


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New York University, LL.M., 2008

IILJ Fellow, Jerome Lipper Prize

New York University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007

Order of the Coif

Concordia University, B.A., with great distinction, 2003


U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
New York


Member & Past Vice President of the Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association, New York
Member of the Advisory Board, New York University Center for Labor and Employment Law


Super Lawyers Rising Star award

City and State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Star award