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Javid Afzali

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Attorney Biography

Javid Afzali


Javid Afzali joined Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP in September 2012 and is a member of the Firm’s Environmental Group and Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation Practice Group.  During law school, Mr. Afzali worked for the New York State Insurance Department, Fraud’s Bureau and General Counsel’s Office, worked for the in-house legal department of Farm Family Insurance Company, as well as clerked at an Albany law firm, where he focused primarily on environmental litigation.

Representative Accomplishments
  • Representation related administrative adjudication of permitting for nuclear power facility, assisting client with party status in the NYSDEC adjudicatory process, including legislative hearings, issues conferences, discovery, pre-file testimony, expert report and testimony preparation, direct and cross examinations, and motion practice.
  • Representation related to siting of a compressed natural gas plant and gas transmission line and advising on statutory and regulatory framework for liquefied natural gas plant siting.
  • Part of a litigation team that successfully defended challenge to environmental review in connection with the construction of a regional supermarket – Citizens for St. Patrick’s v. City of Watervliet, Dkt. No. 516500 (3d Dep’t 2013).
  • Successfully defended a municipal government against an eight million dollar federal civil rights law suit – Pacherille v. County of Otsego, 3:13-cv-01282-TJM-ATB (N.D.N.Y. 2014).
  • Assigned pro-bono trial counsel to prosecute federal claims under Americans with Disabilities Act – Rosales v. Lavalley, 9:11-cv-00106-MAD-CFH (N.D.N.Y. 2014).

Mr. Afzali is admitted to practice in New York State and before all federal United States District Courts in New York, as well as the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and Albany County Bar Association.


Mr. Afzali was named one of Super Lawyers’ New York Rising Stars.  Mr. Afzali is a member of the Justinian Society and a member of the Order of Barristers.


New York Wind Development at a Crossroads, North American Wind Power (Vol. 9 No. 11 (Dec. 2012))


Mr. Afzali, originally from Philadelphia P.A., graduated magna cum laude from Albany Law School. He was a senior editor of the Albany Law Review, and a teaching assistant for both the Criminal Law and the Legal Research and Writing Seminar. Mr. Afzali was the winner of Albany Law School’s Karen C. McGovern Senior Prize Trials Competition in 2012 and received the award for Best Brief in the school’s Domenick L. Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition in 2011. Prior to law school, Mr. Afzali graduated summa cum laude from Siena College.

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