A lawyer with a non-profit background

Prior to law school, Claudia worked in foundation fundraising. She was the grant writer for the New York Civil Liberties Union and a development associate at the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights think tank in New York City.

Animal advocate

Claudia has volunteered with Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia and New York Animal Care & Control’s Safety Net System to assist pet owners and help prevent animals from entering the shelter system.

Claudia De Palma, an associate in the Litigation Department, has a broad range of experience in complex trial and appellate matters in both federal and state courts. Claudia brings the insights of her eclectic professional background to her legal practice, and she is known for her outstanding written advocacy and her thoughtful and personable approach to her clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Claudia served as a law clerk for the Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where she was a Student Article Development Editor for the NYU Review of Law and Social Change and participated in both the NYU Law Immigrant Defense Clinic and the NYU Law Children’s Rights Clinic. She earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Yale University, where she received a Yale University English Department Award for her writing.

An active public interest practitioner, Claudia spent her first year of practice representing immigrant survivors of gender-based violence at a nonprofit in New York City, and has provided pro bono representation in a variety of other matters, including the defense of a college newspaper in a defamation suit and the representation of a mentally ill prisoner in a Section 1983 claim against the City of New York.

Honors & Awards

Student Article Development Editor, NYU Review of Law and Social Change

2012 Carr Center for Reproductive Justice Fellowship

2011 Equal Justice America Legal Services Fellowship

Yale University English Department Award

Award Methodologies

Membership & Community

Pennsylvania Bar Association:
Young Lawyers Division
Public Interest Section

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