Dan Ackman is an experienced and tenacious trial lawyer who focuses on civil rights, administrative law, constitutional law, commercial litigation and class action litigation. Ackman is best known for representing New York City taxi drivers in a series of class action lawsuits resulting in a half-dozen City programs being declared unconstitutional or unlawful. He has also recovered millions of dollars in damages for drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked and for small businesses.
Dan's cases have resulted in a half dozen city programs, statutes, or regulations being declared unconstitutional or otherwise unlawful. These cases involve the suspension and revocation of licenses and the warrantless seizure of vehicles. Dan has also represented drivers in TLC suspension hearings, routinely winning reinstatement of their licenses and he has represented small businesses in disputes with partners and contract counterparties, winning millions of dollars in damages.
Dan is currently co-counsel in an action where the court has already held the thousands of license suspensions that were ordered without due process of law and in two actions on behalf of taxi drivers and investors who purchased medallions from the City of New York at auctions just before the TLC opened the door to e-hail taxis, which decimated the value of the medallions the City had just sold. Early in his career, Dan was associated with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, where he specialized in securities and commercial litigation.
Dan is also an accomplished journalist and has written widely about law and other topics for publications including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The American Lawyer, Forbes.com and Forbes Magazine, Slate and the Daily News.
A native New Yorker, Dan is an honors graduate of the Columbia University School of Law, where he served as a teaching assistant and as an editor of the Journal of Law and Social Problems.
Dan is a member of the bar of the State of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court and has been profiled in The American Lawyer and in The New York Times.