Ryan Budhu

Ryan D. Budhu

Senior Associate

Ryan D. Budhu's practice focuses on antitrust, complex commercial, and life sciences litigation, for clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Mr. Budhu has a range of trial and litigation experience involving complex contractual disputes, municipal liability litigation, and general litigation matters. Mr. Budhu also maintains an active pro bono practice, including currently representing a death row inmate asserting religious liberty claims against a state prison system.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Budhu clerked in the Eastern District of New York for United States Chief District Judge Dora L. Irizarry and United States Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke. Prior to clerking, Mr. Budhu served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Tort and Executive Divisions of the New York City Law Department. While there, he litigated 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims in federal and state courts and advised the Law Department's Chief of Staff and Corporation Counsel on various institutional reform issues. While at the Law Department, Mr. Budhu managed all aspects of litigation, including conducting and defending depositions, serving as lead counsel in jury trials, as well as drafting and arguing appeals.

Mr. Budhu received his JD from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a member of the Labor & Employment Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Society. During law school, Mr. Budhu interned at the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Justice, and the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Mr. Budhu received his BA from St. John's University.


  • Pharmaceutical company in multiple licensing/collaboration disputes arising out of the co-development and co-marketing of various products.
  • Pharmaceutical company in multidistrict litigation brought by putative classes of purchasers and states attorneys general alleging price-fixing of generic drugs.
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturer in actions brought by or on behalf of third-party payor health plans asserting that prescription drug manufacturers reported inaccurate pricing benchmarks, allegedly violating various individual state fraud, consumer protection, and other laws.
  • Commercial real estate developer in connection with TIC (tenant in common) partition rights and enforcement in New York.


Racial Inequity and the Criminal Justice System in New York City
Featured Presenter, Lewes Amnesty International Group – American Crisis Campaign
Beyond Efficiency and Equity: Exploring the Role of the Corporation Counsel to Seek Justice
Author, Albany Government Law Review
Where the Case is Won—Picking the Perfect Jury
Moderator, South Asian Bar Association of North America


  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, 2012
  • BA, Government & Politics, St. John's University, 2006
  • New York
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
Government & Military Service
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel, New York City Law Department (2012-2017)
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York, The Honorable Dora L. Irizarry
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York, The Honorable Steven I. Locke
  • Immediate Past President, South Asian Bar Association of New York (2020)
  • President, South Asian Bar Association of New York (2019)
  • President-Elect, South Asian Bar Association of New York (2018)
  • Member, Diversity Committee, Federal Bar Council
  • Chairperson, South Asian Bar Association of North America, Racial Justice Taskforce
  • Director, South Asian Bar Association of New York (2021)

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