Drew W. Sumner

Practice Areas

  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Land Use Discrimination
  • Municipal Liability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Corporate Finance


  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.
  • Emerson College, B.S.

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
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DREW W. SUMNER joined MDAF in 2010 and became a partner in 2016.  Mr. Sumner focuses his practice on complex litigation ranging from commercial disputes to civil rights and employment discrimination.  Mr. Sumner has represented a wide variety of clients including publicly traded companies, municipalities, their executives and police officers, as well as high net worth individuals.  In addition, Mr. Sumner counsels entrepreneurs and small businesses on issues relating to business formation, asset protection and corporate finance.  Mr. Sumner is experienced in handling complex and voluminous electronic discovery and has successfully obtained favorable results for clients prior to trial, through alternative dispute resolute and motion practice.  Mr. Sumner’s practice is often concentrated in Federal Courts, with a particular emphasis defending municipalities in civil rights matters brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, including police involved shootings, excessive force, equal protection, false arrest, due process violations and others.


  • Counsel of record for a police officer and department defending against claims arising from the police-involved shooting death of a college athlete.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a publicly traded company in a case involving a variety of alleged business torts and theft of intellectual property.
  • Represents a public school administrator in defense of employment discrimination claims brought under 42 U.S.C 1981 and 42 U.S.C. 1983.


  • Kiryas Joel Alliance v. Vill. of Kiryas Joel, 11-cv-3982, 2011 WL 5995075 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 29, 2011), aff’d 495 Fed. Appx. 183 (2d Cir 2012): Obtained dismissal of all of plaintiffs’ discrimination claims against the Village’s director of public safety. Plaintiffs’ sought, among other relief, dissolution of the Village government, alleging it was a theocracy in violation of the First Amendment.
  • Kravtsov v. Town of Greenburgh, 10-cv-3142, 2012 WL 2719663 (S.D.N.Y. July 9, 2012): Obtained summary judgment on claims of equal protection violations brought via 42 U.S.C. 1983, Title VI, discrimination based on race or national origin via 42 U.S.C. 1981 and various state law torts. This case was later tried to a defendants’ verdict on plaintiff’s remaining claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Cole v. Siegel, 40 Misc.3d 1206(a), 975 N.Y.S.2d 365 (Sup. Ct. Westchester County 2013): The Court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment and dismissed plaintiffs’ claims of defamation against a Town Mayor holding that the Mayor enjoyed immunity under the executive privilege. 
  • Krumholz v. Vill. of Northport, 873 F.Supp.2d 481 (E.D.N.Y. 2012): Obtained summary judgment for the Village dismissing the Federal claim brought by the Village’s former treasurer under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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