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Sateesh Nori is a lawyer for tenants in New York City, and has been for 20 years. During this time, he has represented thousands of tenants, trained scores of lawyers in eviction-defense work, and written on tenants’ legal rights, housing rights, and legal ethics and legal practice. He has worked in legal services in New York City for almost two decades—at the Legal Aid Society in the Harlem Community Law Office and the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office, and as Director of Housing Litigation at Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services. He is currently the Attorney in Charge of the Legal Aid Society’s Queens Neighborhood Office, a law firm of 80 staff in the world’s most diverse borough. 

Sateesh is currently a member of the Mayor’s Committee on City Marshals and served as a member of the Housing Court Advisory Council from 2015-2017. He sits on the boards of Chhaya, a community-based organization in Queens,, an access to justice startup, and Housing Court Answers. He is also a Clinical Adjunct Professor at his alma mater, New York University School of Law, where he co-teaches the Housing Rights Clinic. Sateesh was named a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal and one of “Queens’ Power 50,” and will be featured as a “legal rebel” in the forthcoming 2021 ABA Journal. 

Sateesh is a graduate of John Hopkins University, where he earned his BA in political science while also studying writing, and he received his law degree from NYU School of Law in 2001. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife Joy, a law professor, and their twins, Shaan and Jhansi. He recently ran his fifth marathon.

Sateesh is represented by Amanda Orozco.