Ramya Kasturi

Ramya represents individuals and entities in white collar criminal matters, internal investigations, regulatory proceedings, and civil litigation.  She has experience in federal and state court litigation as well as arbitration.  Ramya’s practice includes representing individuals and companies in investigations instituted by the Department of Justice, U.S. attorney’s offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, the New York Department of Financial Services, and other regulatory agencies.  Her matters have involved areas such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, commercial contract disputes, legal ethics, fraud, money laundering, and securities regulation.

Ramya has significant experience taking and defending depositions, preparing witnesses for testimony and meetings with prosecutors, and engaging in civil and criminal motion practice.  In 2017, she participated in a four-week  federal criminal trial involving allegations of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the foreign exchange market.

Ramya maintains an active pro bono practice, representing individuals in criminal and immigration-related matters.

Before joining LSW, Ramya served as a judicial law clerk on the federal trial level for the Honorable Eduardo C. Robreno, and on the federal appellate level for the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell, both in Philadelphia.

After completing her clerkships, Ramya was an associate at Zuckerman Spaeder, where she worked primarily on health care litigation. In this role, she represented patients and doctors in class action litigation against health insurance companies for violations of ERISA and the Mental Health Parity Act.

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Representative Matters

  • Represented a private equity firm and firm’s managing partner as defendants in a civil contract dispute in the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court, and successfully moved to dismiss all claims
  • Represented a bank’s global head of its foreign exchange trading desk in a federal criminal trial involving allegations of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and conducted direct examination of witnesses.
  • Represented an executive of a telecommunications firm in preparing for potential grand jury testimony in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matter.
  • Represented, pro bono, a client charged in federal court with Hobbs Act robberies and obtained time served sentence.
  • Obtained dismissal of domestic violence related charges against client in Kings County Criminal Court.
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International executives facing a US internal investigation: what to consider, Financier Worldwide,  (January 25, 2023) (co-author with Gabrielle S. Friedman)

“Stolen Valor: A Historical Perspective on the Regulation of Military Uniforms and Decorations,” Note, Yale Journal on Regulation, Vol. 29, No. 2 (2012)

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  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch®
    • Commercial Litigation
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  • New York City Bar Association
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