Mr. Biale represents individuals and entities in criminal matters and complex commercial litigation. He is an experienced appellate advocate, having briefed and argued numerous appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Biale is also Sher Tremonte’s Pro Bono Coordinator, responsible for administering the firm’s substantial commitment to litigating on behalf of clients in the public interest. In that capacity, he has represented prisoners, asylum seekers, and refugees. His work challenging the Trump Administration’s travel ban has been profiled in the Washington Post and AM New York. He is a member of the Second Circuit’s Pro Bono Panel and the Federal Bar Council Public Service Committee.
Mr. Biale previously worked at the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. There, he represented individuals on death row, successfully overturning several death sentences on appeal, and litigated civil rights and prison conditions cases in the state and federal courts. He was on the legal team that won the landmark United States Supreme Court decision, Miller v. Alabama, which abolished mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, and he has continued his commitment to ending extreme sentences for children at Sher Tremonte, recently co-authoring an amicus brief in another case at the Supreme Court. Mr. Biale’s writing about federal habeas corpus doctrine has appeared in the University of Cincinnati Law Review.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Biale clerked for the Hon. Gerard E. Lynch on the Second Circuit and the Hon. Allyne R. Ross on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Biale graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Philosophy. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern scholar and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. During law school, Mr. Biale represented Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement in the United States, New York City schoolchildren in administrative suspension hearings, and individuals accused of misdemeanors in Seattle, WA, during a summer internship with the Defender Association. Between college and law school, Mr. Biale worked as an Advocacy Coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union, organizing with the ACLU’s state affiliates on issues concerning privacy and technology.
Mr. Biale is admitted to practice in New York State, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.