Al-Amyn Sumar

Tel 212.850.6112
Fax 212.223.1942
New York

Al-Amyn Sumar represents news organizations and other media clients in a wide range of content-related matters.

During law school, Al-Amyn interned at the American Civil Liberties Union, where his work focused on national security, free speech, and privacy issues.

Al-Amyn previously was with the highly regarded First Amendment boutique law firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, which merged with Ballard Spahr in October 2017.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. J. Paul Oetken of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada

Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario

Professional Activities

Media Law Resource Center, Next Generation Committee, Co-Chair

New York City Bar Association, Communications and Media Law Committee


"Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Wasden and Newsgathering: More Significant Than It Appears," Communications Lawyer, Winter 2018 

"Prior Restraints and Digital Surveillance: The Constitutionality of Gag Orders Issued Under the Stored Communications Act," Yale Journal of Law & Technology, January 18, 2018 

"Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Sheldon Adelson’s SLAPP Suit Against National Jewish Democratic Council," Ballard Spahr alert, December 11, 2017; also published in The National Law Review and MLRC MediaLawLetter.

Co-author, 2017 update to “Developments in the Law of Access,” in Communications Law in the Digital Age, Practising Law Institute, 2017

“Government Official’s Ban of Citizen from Her Facebook Page Violated First Amendment,” MLRC MediaLawLetter, August 2017

“Developments in the Law—Representation in Removal Proceedings,” 126 Harvard Law Review 1658, 2013

Harvard Law School, (J.D. 2013, magna cum laude)
Articles Editor, Harvard Law Review

Frank Knox Memorial Fellow

University of Cambridge, Queens’ College (M.Phil. 2010)

University of Alberta (B.A. 2008, honors)

New York

U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York