Danielle Tarantolo joined NYLAG’s Special Litigation Unit in May 2011. Since that time, she has litigated complex class actions on behalf of low-income consumers, individuals with disabilities, recipients of public benefits, student loan borrowers, and others. In Bernhart v. Asta and Mayfield v. Asta, she and a team at NYLAG and Hughes Hubbard & Reed have represented a putative class of tens of thousands of New York City consumers victimized by unlawful debt collection lawsuits, and secured favorable legal decisions upholding the consumers’ right to be in court. Danielle and other lawyers at NYLAG and Jenner & Block represent a class of students with disabilities at a New York City charter school in M.W. v. Achievement First. Danielle has worked on successful Second Circuit appeals in Salazar v. Duncan, seeking relief for student borrowers from the U.S. Department of Education, and Shakhnes v. Proud, protecting Medicaid recipients’ fair hearing rights. She has also helped negotiate settlements on behalf of disabled NYCHA residents and public assistance recipients, among others.
Before joining NYLAG, Danielle spent three years as an associate at Jenner & Block, where she was honored with the firm’s pro bono award for her outstanding work on behalf of indigent clients in immigration, discrimination, prisoners’ rights, criminal law, and other areas. She also represented commercial clients in complex litigation matters including securities fraud and contract disputes. Danielle clerked for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she received a prize for her Note on protecting the independent contractor workforce from discrimination, and her B.A. from Williams College.