Sundeep Iyer focuses his practice on appellate litigation and dispositive motions in federal and state court.

He has briefed numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal courts of appeals, and has briefed dispositive motions in trial courts throughout the country.

Sundeep currently serves as a Special Attorney for the state of Minnesota in the prosecution of the four former police officers charged in connection with the death of George Floyd. He was part of the legal team that obtained a conviction of Derek Chauvin on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Sundeep was one of the architects of the state's legal strategy and motions strategy in that case. He briefed, argued, and won key motions for the state at trial, and successfully argued for the state in support of the jury instructions that the jurors ultimately relied on when they convicted the defendant on all charges.

Sundeep maintains a robust pro bono practice. He was part of the litigation team that obtained an injunction against President Trump's travel ban. He represented federal death-row inmates in a challenge to the Department of Justice's federal execution protocol. He also recently obtained a significant victory in a court-appointed appeal on behalf of a criminal defendant, persuading the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to hold that Michigan's former procedure for allowing counsel to withdraw from a criminal appeal violated the Constitution.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Sundeep served as a law clerk for Justice Stephen G. Breyer and Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served as a law clerk for then-Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Before law school, Sundeep was the Principal Quantitative Analyst at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where he directed statistical research on voting rights, campaign finance, and redistricting issues.

Education and admissions


J.D., Yale Law School, 2016

A.B., Harvard University, summa cum laude, 2011

Bar admissions and qualifications

New York

District of Columbia


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

Related practices

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