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Ana Isabel Muñoz

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Ana represents clients in employment, criminal, and civil cases. In 2018, Ana was selected to the Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers. Prior to joining the firm, Ana was a John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest & Constitutional Law at Gibbons PC in New Jersey.

Complex Civil Litigation

Ana has a varied civil litigation practice in both state and federal courts. Ana has deep experience wrestling with thorny legal questions that can often decide the outcome of the case. She has authored briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court, Second Circuit, Third Circuit, and D.C. Circuit, most recently authoring an amicus brief on behalf of administrative law professors arguing for respect for federalism in Chevron cases. She has tackled cutting-edge issues, including complex questions regarding Massachusetts’ Anti-SLAPP statute and the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act. As a Gibbons fellow, Ana managed a broad civil rights docket. She successfully briefed and argued an appeal before the Third Circuit that resulted in a precedent-setting decision for civil rights cases that raise issues of qualified immunity. She served as counsel to a coalition crafting legislation to create a civilian complaint review board in Newark, where she advised her clients on the reach and limits of cities’ power under state and federal law and helped her client to craft legislation creating the most powerful civilian accountability board in the country. She obtained favorable settlements for clients suing government agencies that wrongfully withheld information from journalists and advocacy groups under the Freedom of Information Act.

Employment Law

Ana’s litigation skills, combined with her passion for advocacy, enable her to achieve positive results for her clients, both in litigating and negotiating employment matters. She has represented clients in a wide range of employment matters, including before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and in state and federal court. Ana has successfully defended employees in both non-compete and trade secret cases. She has also negotiated large awards for clients, including in cases with novel legal questions. She has briefed and won critical motions, including in one recent case where, as a result of her successful motion, her client was able to collect wages that had been unlawfully withheld. She also has experience fighting non-compete agreements, and other covenants that restrict employee mobility.

Criminal Defense

Ana brings the same skills and passion to her criminal defense practice. She has represented clients in state and federal courts in matters including property crimes, drug charges, and assault cases. In one recent case, she convinced a court to dismiss the criminal charges against her client before motion practice had even begun.

Prior Experience

Before working at Gibbons, Ana clerked for three years on the federal district court and federal appeals court. Prior to her clerkships, Ana worked primarily in the field of immigrants’ rights. As a Yale Public Interest Fellow at the Bronx Defenders, she was responsible for advising immigrant clients on plea offers in criminal cases, challenging unlawful detainers, and representing clients in removal proceedings. During law school, she was part of a team that represented a group of immigrants who were unlawfully detained after a warrantless early morning sweep of their neighborhood. The suit ended in what was at the time the largest monetary settlement ever paid by the United States in a suit over residential immigration raids, and the first to include both compensation and immigration relief. Ana has also worked extensively on voting rights and voter protection issues, including as a researcher and organizer at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Ana habla español y tendria mucho gusto de servirle a clientes que hablen español.

Education

J.D., Yale Law School

B.A. with distinction, Yale College

Bar & Court Admissions State of Massachusetts
State of New York
State of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Publications

The Machinery of Democracy: Accessibility of Voting Machines, Brennan Center for Justice, 2006 (with Lawrence Norden, Jeremy Creelan, and Whitney Quesenbery)

Making the List: Database Matching and Verification Processes for Voter Registration, Brennan Center for Justice, 2006 (with Justin Levitt, and Wendy Weiser)

Clerkships

Judge Gerard Lynch, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2013-2014

Judge Stefan R. Underhill, United States District Court of Connecticut, 2011-2013

Languages

Spanish

English

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Client Reviews
★★★★★
I contacted Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein Law in April 2018 to get help for my son on an education-related matter. We worked primarily with Zoraida Fernandez, an Associate, and when needed met with Ruth O'Meara-Costello, a Partner. Zoraida was excellent. The whole process was emotionally exhausting and depressing and Zoraida was the only bright light in all of it... Nancy O
★★★★★
I worked with Emma Quinn-Judge and Monica Shah. And from my first contact on the phone, on to my first meeting in their office and during the trial, I found them and the firm's entire team to be a group of consummate legal professionals who are very knowledgeable, patient, dedicated, fair, honest and caring... Chantal C.
★★★★★
I am forever grateful to all the staff at this firm, but in particular, Ms. Shah, Mr. Zalkind and Mr. Silverglate. They represented my son who was being sought for extradition to Scotland. The case took years to fight, covering new legal ground, setting precedence. But each one of these legal eagles went above and beyond the duty of office... Suzanne D.