Washington, D.C. — The Asian American Legal Defense Fund honored partner Neal Katyal Feb. 23 with a 2015 Justice in Action Award, which was presented to him at AALDEF's Annual Lunar New Year Gala in New York City.

AALDEF honored Katyal in recognition of his professional and personal accomplishments as one of the nation’s most influential Indian American lawyers and his longtime commitment to social justice.

Katyal has argued 24 cases before the United States Supreme Court, most recently securing a landmark victory in a whistleblower case before the court for former federal air marshal Robert J. MacLean, a pro bono client.

The AALDEF Justice in Action Awards recognizes exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievements and efforts in advancing social justice.

“I am humbled and honored by this award, which means a great deal to me,” Katyal said in a press release. “Lawyers play a crucial role in driving this country toward an even fairer and more humane land, and I've been fortunate to work with so many who are involved in this important work."

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