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Maurice R. Dyson

Contracts and agreements Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   8 reviews

also known as THE DYSON LAW FIRM, PLLC

  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2000
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Maurice

Learn Maurice’s areas of practice.

You don't know what you don't know. You need a proven advocate to protect your interests.  You need THE DYSON LAW FIRM. The firm was founded by Maurice R. Dyson on the principles of honesty, integrity, compassion and equal justice under law. These values have guided the firm's success and defined the legal career of its founder for nearly twenty years.  Mr. Dyson is a certified member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America, the New York State Supreme Court and the New York Court of Appeals. He is a Harlan Fiske Stone Honors graduate of Columbia Law School, a Kings Crown Scholar graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University, and a Mentoring Scholars Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University.  He has taught law on the faculties of Columbia University, Southern Methodist University, the City University of New York, Faculte De Droit De L'Universite De Nice, Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School (Hangzhou, China) and the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. A former attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and special projects team attorney at the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Mr. Dyson has extensive experience representing major institutions and clients. Over the past two decades, he has: 

• Represented the nation's largest online company with 20 million internet access subscribers in the nation's largest U.S. merger with the world's largest media and entertainment conglomerate. This transaction was valued at approximately US $166 billion and was structured to facilitate the newly merged company in providing an incomparable portfolio of global brands. These brands included the full spectrum of media and content, from Internet to broadcast and cable television.

• Represented leverage buyout firm in potential bid to purchase transportation pre-pass line and related service businesses. The value of the transaction was approximately US $1.3 billion. Conducted sophisticated due diligence review, as well as drafted stock purchase agreements and management agreements.

• Represented leverage buyout firm in potential bid to purchase designer apparel company for US $900 million. Conducted due diligence of apparel company, subsidiaries and international affiliates; assisted in drafting executive summary and the Stock Purchase Agreement.

• Represented major telecommunications company in a publicly announced acquisition of a 33.8 percent stake in a leading wireless communications provider with approximately 466,000 subscribers in Eastern and Atlantic regions of Colombia. The estimated value of the acquisition was US $295 million. This transaction allowed the premier U.S. telecommunications company to extend its overall wireless coverage in Latin America to eleven countries representing a total of approximately 202 million POPs. Assisted with the drafting of the asset purchase agreements, registration rights agreements, promissory note and option agreements. 

• Represented clients successfully in the landmark trial decision CFE v. State of New York which awarded additional $5.6 billion for operating aid and $9.2 billion in capital funding to low income schools in NYC. The verdict was upheld by the New York state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals to provide fair funding.

• Prepared various agreements involving recapitalizations, stock and asset purchases, IPOs, private placements and high-yield debt issuances as well as incorporating documents and board resolutions.

• Conducted due diligence of a diversified portfolio of institutional investors in connection with LBOs and strategic mergers.

• Represented clients successfully in overcoming objections to copyright and trademark registrations with the United States Patent & Trademark Office. 

• Represented clients successfully in civil rights and personal injury matters.

• Represented clients in disability discrimination, racial discrimination and employment discrimination cases with success. 

• Enforced Title II of ADA, Section 504, Title VI, Title IX, & the Age Discrimination Act in employment discrimination.

• Supervised New York City special education programs and implementation issues with respect to referral, placement and intervention strategies in accordance with Title VI mandates.

• Conducted compliance reviews, resolution negotiation and drafting, complaint mediation, intake and case management, policy advising, legal research and position paper writing.

• Engaged in trust and estate planning and preparation of clients' trusts and wills.

• Engaged in asset protection planning and preparation of land trusts for real estate investments.

• Represented clients successfully in administrative hearings for SSI benefits & public housing eligibility. 

• Provided in service training and CLE courses on education law and civil rights.


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The Dyson Law Firm PLLC
830 Third Avenue
5th Floor
New York, NY, 10022

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Posted by Jessica Dance | December 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Team of Gladiators: The Dyson Law Firm Is The Firm For You
Mr. Maurice R. Dyson is a stellar, well-rounded attorney at law. A man of integrity, honor, and respect who goes above and beyond the call of duty in all that he does. His team truly embodies the same core values of honor, integrity, and respect that Mr. Dyson encompasses. Mr. Dyson and his team of gladiators do not stop until justice is served, until an answer is found, until a person’s story is told. This profound law firm serves justice through passion, compassion, patience, and hard work. Having been consulted by Mr. Dyson, I can rest assured that he will fight tooth and nail to provide you with the right answer while making sure you are well taken care of all at the same time. As a very personable, relatable, and caring individual, Mr. Dyson makes sure that those he represents are comfortable in what may feel like a grueling and scary process to some. Unfortunately, law firms like The Dyson Law Firm are rare in today’s world. I have yet to come across a law firm who is as dedicated, honest, committed, focused, professional, energetic, passionate, compassionate, patient, and caring all in one package. A law firm who genuinely remains true to their core values set forth in their vision. A law firm who makes sure to play fair and square by the rules. A law firm who works around the clock making sure you are receiving the best representation. It is true that “when the stakes are high, [they] are there for you.” It is with the utmost enthusiasm that I recommend Mr. Maurice R. Dyson and his amazing team of gladiators at The Dyson Law Firm! Thank you for all that you do and for the difference you and your firm have made in the world.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2017
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knowledgeable, pragmatic attorney
Mr. Dyson brings a down-to-earth, "people person" energy to his practice. He is practical and realistic but makes sure you are educated on your rights and legal options moving forward.
Posted by Joseph | December 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Clear, concise, honest
I had the opportunity to work with Maurice regarding a business venture we are pursuing. He was clear, conscise, and honest. I highly recommend him and would work with him again for future legal endeavors.
Posted by Z | November 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney
He was always responsive, kind, and honest during the process! I could not have asked for better representation. Excellent representation and a phenomenal result!
Posted by Dan | November 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
My experience with Mr. Dyson was extremely pleasant and time efficient. He listened to my concerns and problem solved immediately with no delay. I definitely will use his services in the future secondary to his timely manner, professionalism and end results.
Posted by Stephanie | November 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend The Dyson law Firm!
I highly recommend this law firm. After my accident, I made various attempts to contact the insurance companies, and try and resolve and handle my own case. Trying to handle matters on my own was a complete waste of my time, and only created more stress because I could never get a hold of the insurance companies. The entire situation was becoming a complete nightmare, and the insurance companies were very uncooperative, and completely inconsiderate of me and of the pain I was suffering from my injuries. This extra pressure and stress was beginning to take a huge toll on my life, and that’s when I decided to instead consult with an Attorney. I first consulted with various law firms before discovering the Dyson law firm. After consulting with the Dyson law firm I decided to retain their legal services, I am very glad I made the right choice. This Dyson law firm provided such as positive, and supportive environment. Which was exactly what I needed, especially during this very stressful period in my life. More importantly I decided to retain the legal service of the Dyson law firm because the Attorney’s actually made me feel like I was important. What stood out to me and set this law firm apart from other firms, is how professional, knowledgeable, and personable my Attorney, Maurice Dyson was. In fact, throughout the entire case I was always treated kindly by everyone on the staff and they always made sure, I felt comfortable during my stay.Additionally, unlike the insurance companies, I was actually always able to get a hold of the members of the firm to help answer any of the questions, or concerns I had regarding my case. I am glad I made the right decision in hiring this firm, because they resolved my case and provided me the opportunity to just on focus on my recovery. I am very blessed and thankful to have Dyson Law firm on my side, I highly recommend them, and plan to use their legal services again!
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Posted by Francesca | November 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service!
I highly recommend contacting the Dyson law firm. Mr. Dyson Assisted me with my case. He was very responsive in replying to my emails and returning my phone calls in a fast and efficient manner. I can’t thank him enough for all that he did to help me get the positive results I was looking for. Mr. Dyson is very professional and made me feel like I was in great hands from day one. I highly recommend contacting his law firm. Thank you for all your hard work.
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Posted by Tim | November 26, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Impressed Beyond Belief
Maurice is a proven expert. What makes him unique is his compassion for others and willingness to understand your challenges. He doesn't speak "lawyer-talk" to intimidated you. Instead, he communicates complex information in a down to earth way. You walk away feeling respected.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Dyson Law Firm PLLC
  • 2000 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Us Department Of Education, Office For Civil Rights
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Clerk
  • NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Program Coordinator
  • Merril Lynch Philanthropic Foundation / NY Urban League
  • 1995 - 1996
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  • Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar Honors
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Teachers College, Columbia University, Mentoring Scholars Fellow
  • Fellow
  • 1999
  • Columbia College, Columbia University, King's Crown Scholar Honors
  • AB - Applied Baccalaureate
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Campaign For Fiscal Equity v. State of New York
  • In the victorious landmark decision, CFE v. State of New York, the court ordered New York City public schools be provided an additional $5.6 billion for operating aid and $9.2 billion in capital funding.
  • AOL TIME Warner Merger
  • ($166 billion valuation)


  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Order of The Barristers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • New York Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Columbia University Alumni Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Mildrid Quinn Foundation
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Association of American Law Schools, Education Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Award of Excellence
  • California State Bar
  • 2013
  • Education Law Section Chair Outstanding Leadership & Service
  • Association of American Law Schools
  • 2006
  • Award of Recognition
  • Order of the Barristers
  • 2004
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar Honors
  • Columbia Law School
  • 1999
  • Roothbert Fellow
  • Roothbert Foundation
  • 1997
  • Kings Crown Award
  • Columbia College
  • 1995
  • International Law Fellow
  • SIPA
  • 1995
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  • 63 Loyola Law Review 27.
  • Excessive Force, Bias & Criminal Justice Reform: Proposals for Congressional Action
  • 2017
  • 24 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy 1 reprinted in Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook, Vol. 33.
  • Rethinking Rodriguez After Citizens United: The Poor As A Suspect Class In High Poverty Schools
  • 2016
  • Michigan State Law Review 711
  • Promise Zones, Poverty & the Future of Public Schools: Confronting the Challenges of Socioeconomic Integration & School Culture in High Poverty Schools.
  • 2014
  • 81 University-Missouri Kansas City Law Review 569
  • Silencing Race & The First Amendment: The Suppression of Student Expression & Curricular Coverage of Racial Identity and Ethnic Solidarity in K-12 Education.
  • 2013
  • 40 Washington University & Policy Law Journal 181
  • Are We Really Racing to The Top, or Leaving Behind the Bottom? An Assessment of State Successes and Failures.
  • 2012
  • 18 National Bar Association Association 16
  • Law At Its Best: Towards a Unifying Theory of Justice in Legal and Educational Reform.
  • 2011
  • 19 Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review 63
  • Bringing Every Child Forward: Lessons Learned Under the NCLB and a Roadmap for Reform (with T.K. Daniels);
  • 2010
  • 77 University of Missouri- Kansas City Law Review 697
  • De Facto Segregation & Group Blindness: Proposals For Narrow Tailoring Under A New Viable State Interest in PICS v. Seattle School District.
  • 2009
  • Carolina Academic Press (Book)
  • 2009
  • 40 University of Toledo Law Review 145
  • When Government Is A Passive Participant in Private Discrimination: A Critical Look at White Privilege & The Tacit Return to Interposition In PICS v. Seattle School District
  • 2008
  • 83 Washington University St Louis Law Quarterly (currently Washington University Law. Review 575
  • Awakening An Empire of Liberty: Exploring The Roots of Socratic Inquiry & Political Nihilism In American Democracy.
  • 2005
  • 14 University of Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 237.
  • Towards An Establishment Clause Theory of Race-Based Allocation: Administering Race-Conscious Financial Aid After Grutter and Zelman.
  • 2005
  • 13 William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 967
  • Racial Free-Riding The Coattails of A Dream Deferred: Can I Borrow Your Social Capital?
  • 2005
  • 9 Michigan Journal of Race and Law 387
  • Multiracial Identity, Monoracial Authenticity & Racial Privacy: Towards An Adequate Theory of Multiracial Resistance.
  • 2004
  • Rutgers Law Journal 1
  • Putting Quality Back Into Equality: The Constitutionality of Charter School Enabling Legislation In A Post-Grutter 36 Era.
  • 2004
  • 77 Temple Law Review 577
  • Playing Games With Equality: A Game-Theoretic Critique of Educational Sanctions, Remedies and Strategic Noncompliance.
  • 2004
  • 11 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy 1
  • The Death of Robin Hood? Proposals To Overhaul Public School Finance.
  • 2004
  • 6 Harvard Latino Law Review 41
  • In Search of the Talented Tenth: Diversity, Affirmative Access, and University-Driven Reform.
  • 2003
  • 7 Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 1
  • Leave No Child Behind: Normative Proposals to Link Educational Adequacy Claims and High Stakes Assessment Due Process Challenges.
  • 2002
  • Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal (2002) (symposium).
  • Finance and Educational Ultimatums: A Look At School Funding Implications For Public School Accountability.
  • 2002
  • 44 Howard Law Journal 107
  • A Covenant Broken: The Crisis of Educational Remedy for New York City's Failing Schools.
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Poverty Law Conference, San Francisco, CA
  • On The Constitution in an Era of Increasing Inequality
  • 2017
  • Annual Conference
  • Rethinking Rodriguez: After Citizens United: The Poor As A Suspect Class In High Poverty Schools
  • 2017
  • Mass Incarceration, University of San Diego School of Law, the University of San Francisco School of Law.
  • Race, Poverty & Mass Incarceration
  • 2016
  • Education Summit, National Bar Association.
  • Challenging Adequacy Notions in School Finance,
  • 2015
  • Sixtieth Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, (with Jack Greenberg).
  • The Legacy & Future of Brown v. Board of Education: The Future of Public Schools.
  • 2014
  • School To Prison Pipeline
  • Dismantling the School To Prison Pipeline
  • 2014
  • Fisher v. University of Texas Revisited: National Association of College and University Attorneys, Chicago, Illinois (2013);
  • Demystifying Fisher v. University of Texas
  • 2013
  • The First Amendment & the School House, 40 Years of Landmark School Speech Cases: Through the Eyes of Those Who Were There,
  • The First Amendment Double Standard In The School House
  • 2012
  • Education & Equality, Washington University Law School
  • Race to the Top Initiative
  • 2012
  • California Foothills Bar Association CLE Course, El Cajon, CA
  • The Elimination of Bias in the Practice of Law.
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Contracts and agreements Attorney | Aug 26
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"Mr. Dyson is a highly capable attorney committed to providing clients experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive representation. I endorse him without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
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"I endorse this lawyer. He is attentive, knowledgable and a zealous advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 15
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"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 05
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"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Dyson is a very qualified and experienced attorney and a tireless advocate for his clients. If you are looking for an attorney who will fight hard for you, look no further than Maurice Dyson."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maurice handles all his cases with the utmost care, professionalism, and attention to detail. He dedicates extensive time to understand, prepare for, and master the issues that he is tasked with resolving. Further, he is quick to respond to calls and e-mails, which was greatly appreciated during times when I required an urgent resolution. I would happily recommend Maurice to anyone."
Insurance Attorney | Nov 29
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"Maurice is an excellent attorney with extensive experience in transactional law and litigation. Anyone who is having a hard time with an unscrupulous insurance company or breach of contract should contact him immediately. I endorse Maurice without hesitation."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 29
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New York Contracts and agreements Lawyer Maurice R. Dyson
Maurice R. Dyson
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