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Subash Iyer

Chief Counsel

Subash Iyer is Chief Counsel of the Federal Transit Administration. Since January 2021, he has served as the FTA’s principal legal officer and advises the Administrator on all aspects of the FTA’s programs, functions, and activities.

Before joining the FTA, Mr. Iyer was Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk, and Compliance at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York, where he served as risk counsel to the largest public transit agency in North America. Mr. Iyer was previously an attorney in private practice, where he worked on trial and appellate litigation matters and provided legal and strategic advice to corporate and individual clients on a wide range of issues.

Mr. Iyer previously served as law clerk to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Iyer received his J.D., summa cum laude, from New York University School of Law and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University. Before law school, he served as policy adviser to Administrator Karen G. Mills of the U.S. Small Business Administration and worked at a large management consulting firm. He and his wife have a young son and daughter.

Subash Iyer - Chief Counsel