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Natalie J. Kraner

Natalie J. Kraner

Senior Public Interest Counsel

Lowenstein Sandler LLP
New York, U.S.A.

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Natalie is committed to strengthening partnerships with leading nonprofit and community organizations, encouraging pro bono participation within the firm, and serving the needs of local communities.

In addition to helping run the pro bono program firmwide, Natalie maintains a substantive practice as a litigator, applying her extensive experience in complex and appellate litigation to achieve widespread law reform for low-income and other vulnerable persons by challenging unjust and unlawful practices. Since joining the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest, she has had a particular focus on criminal and juvenile justice reform efforts through impact litigation and legislative and executive advocacy. Natalie also oversees the firm's asylum docket, where she participates in precedent-setting appeals in state and federal courts and defends victims of persecution from deportation.

In addition, Natalie manages and participates in signature initiatives through which the firm provides representation to:

  • Children in immigration proceedings
  • Victims of persecution in asylum proceedings
  • Survivors of domestic violence seeking orders of protection and custody of their children
  • Veterans in disability hearings
  • Low-income individuals in bankruptcy proceedings
  • Tenants trying to avoid eviction
  • Low-income entrepreneurs who need business advice
  • Low-income inventors who need assistance with patent applications
  • Adults seeking to become legal guardians to children in their care
  • Nonprofit organizations seeking counsel and assistance in corporate and governance matters

Bar Admissions

    New York
    New Jersey


The George Washington University Law School (J.D. 2005), cum laude, George Washington Scholar; Notes and Projects Editor, The George Washington Law Review
The College of New Jersey (B.A. 2001), cum laude
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Assisted in researching and writing a report for the Legal Services Corporation on innovative, model pro bono programs and practices around the nation.

Led a litigation team challenging the practice of administrative transfers from juvenile detention facilities to adult prisons without due process; secured the return of one young man from adult prison to the juvenile facility where the court had originally placed him, which laid the groundwork for establishing a right to counsel and other due process protections in such proceedings.Obtained asylum for a number of minors who fled from San Pedro Sula in Honduras, the city with the highest murder rate in the world.

Participated in managing a firmwide hotline to answer questions from voters during the 2012 presidential election. Assisted callers in three states, including New Jersey, where the demand for assistance was overwhelming in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Represented a same-sex couple seeking custody of their twin daughters in a 34-day trial that spanned more than a year. The court awarded custody to the fathers, holding that they were better prepared than the birth mother to raise children who would be proud of themselves and their family.

Represented leading national immigration organizations as amici and achieved a Supreme Court of New Jersey victory on behalf of immigrant children that clarifies the distinct roles of state courts and federal immigration officials in protecting minors from deportation to homes where they have no fit caretaker.

Represented leading national Latino and Asian organizations in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States demonstrating that an Arizona law requiring documentary proof of citizenship to vote impeded registration by naturalized citizens in violation of federal law. Helped persuade the Court to invalidate the law.

Represented legal New Jersey residents of Latino descent in a federal constitutional challenge to nonconsensual, warrantless, predawn raids of their homes by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as part of its "Operation Return to Sender." Withstood repeated motions to dismiss and defended an interlocutory appeal on qualified immunity in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Ultimately settled on terms favorable for the clients.

Served as a Lowenstein fellow at Essex-Newark Legal Services representing tenants in eviction cases. Briefed and argued a precedent-setting appeal holding that recipients of federal housing subsidies are entitled to a hearing before the termination of their benefits.

Successfully advocated for the passage of a juvenile justice reform bill, which reduces the number of youth subject to incarceration in adult prisons and eliminates solitary confinement as a form of punishment in juvenile facilities in New Jersey.

Achieved a Supreme Court of New Jersey victory that reversed the criminal conviction of a young man serving a 64-year sentence based upon a confession that was obtained in violation of his constitutional right to remain silent.

Helped draft an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of 28 prominent Latino and Asian organizations. The court issued a decision protecting the voting rights of naturalized citizens.

Represented 21 church-state scholars in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States arguing that the Establishment Clause prevents the government from allowing for-profit corporations to shift health care costs to their employees by claiming a religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

Briefed and argued a criminal appeal involving the admission of an involuntary confession.

Professional Associations

YWCA of Eastern Union County, Board MemberCovenant House NYC, Member of Legal and Advocacy Programming BoardLead New Jersey, Member of 2015 class

Professional Activities and Experience

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers (2019) - Natalie Kraner
  • New Jersey Rising Stars (2013-2018) - Natalie Kraner


The 2018 Pro Bono Report details our firm’s pro bono and community service efforts last year. This year’s report also marks the 10th anniversary of the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest and its mission of providing access to justice for those most in need.

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