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.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|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|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|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|
|Carolina Academic Press (Book)||OUR PROMISE: ACHIEVING EDUCATIONAL EQUITY FOR AMERICA’S CHILDREN, (Maurice R. Dyson, Daniel B. Weddle, eds.).||2009|
|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|
|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|
|11 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy 1||The Death of Robin Hood? Proposals To Overhaul Public School Finance.||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|
|9 Michigan Journal of Race and Law 387||Multiracial Identity, Monoracial Authenticity & Racial Privacy: Towards An Adequate Theory of Multiracial Resistance.||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|
|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|
|Annual Conference||Rethinking Rodriguez: After Citizens United: The Poor As A Suspect Class In High Poverty Schools||2017|
|Poverty Law Conference, San Francisco, CA||On The Constitution in an Era of Increasing Inequality||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|
|School To Prison Pipeline||Dismantling the School To Prison Pipeline||2014|
|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|
|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|
|California Foothills Bar Association CLE Course, El Cajon, CA||The Elimination of Bias in the Practice of Law.||2012|
|Education & Equality, Washington University Law School||Race to the Top Initiative||2012|
|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)|
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