Katie Rosenfeld is a partner at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP (“ECBA”), where she maintains a diverse civil rights practice. Since 2002, Katie has represented prisoners and their families in actions challenging excessive force, terrible medical care, disability discrimination, shackling, solitary confinement, and other prisoners’ rights issues. While at ECBA, Katie served as co-counsel in the Nunez v. City of New York (S.D.N.Y.) class action litigation with the Legal Aid Society, a case which secured broad injunctive reform to reduce excessive force by correction officers on Rikers Island, and $3.5 million in damages for individual plaintiffs.
Katie is currently representing a family in Oklahoma whose 21-year old son died of untreated appendicitis in prison after he was denied any medical attention for many days, as well as several individuals in the New York State DOCCS system who were beaten by officers and suffered serious injuries.
From 2014 to 2017, Katie served as the Legal Director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (“NYLPI”), where she led the organization’s advocacy work. At NYLPI, Katie filed a federal civil rights action against Orange County on behalf of two immigrant detainees with serious mental illnesses, challenging the jail’s practices of releasing people on the street without any medication or mental health discharge planning. She also worked on a challenge to the NYPD’s arrest practices for people who use wheelchairs, and the inaccessibility of courthouse bathrooms for prisoners with disabilities.Prior to her role at NYLPI, Katie was a partner at Emery Celli, where for a decade she litigated a wide variety of civil rights and commercial cases in federal and state courts. After clerking for the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, her first job was at Koob & Magoolaghan, where she litigated prisoners’ rights cases around New York State. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Yale Law School.