< Return to our Legal Team

Afsaan Saleem

Of Counsel

Afsaan Saleem –– Of CounselAdmitted:
  • New York State (2002)
  • Southern District of New York (2007)
  • Eastern District of New York (2007)
Law School:
  •  Brooklyn Law School, J.D. (2001)
  • University of Pennsylvania (1997)
  • B.A. in Political Science & Environmental Studies,


Afsaan Saleem, Esq., has over 17 years of legal experience as a litigator in New York.  Mr. Saleem began his legal career by serving the City of New York as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department for over five years as a litigation attorney in the Brooklyn Torts Office.

Then, as a Senior Counsel in the Special Federal Litigation Division of the Law Department, Mr. Saleem handled, from inception to trial, dozens of cases in federal court involving false arrest and police and correction officer brutality. Mr. Saleem then switched sides, working for several years in private practice doing plaintiff’s side civil rights and criminal defense.

He left private practice to become the Deputy Director of the Legal Division of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs where he oversaw a team of nine junior attorneys in conducting administrative trials.  Mr. Saleem returned to private practice where he joined a solo practitioner and took over responsibility of the handling of the firm’s civil rights practice.  He is of-counsel to Varghese & Associates, P.C.