After graduating from Columbia Law School in 2006, Cyrus began his legal career as a New York City public defender, working for the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, where he developed his skill and passion for fighting for clients in the courtroom.
In 2010, Cyrus started his own law practice focused on civil rights litigation arising from police misconduct. As a solo practitioner, Cyrus has brought various Section 1983 lawsuits in state and federal court, litigating at the trial and appellate levels. Cyrus has helped hundreds of clients obtain compensation for being abused and violated by police officers. Cyrus is of counsel at Cody Warner, P.C. and assists with the firm’s civil rights litigation.
Cyrus has used civil rights lawsuits as opportunities not only to compensate his clients but also to expose destructive police practices and usher meaningful change. From 2018 to 2022, Cyrus – working with Legal Aid Society and two law firms – spearheaded the class action lawsuit Belle v. City of New York (19-cv-2673) (SDNY), which led to a major reform of the NYPD’s unconstitutional practice of detaining innocent individuals to run warrant checks. As a result of the widely publicized settlement reached in Belle, the NYPD updated its Patrol Guide and began training its officers to act lawfully during investigatory street encounters. The lawsuit also shed light on the NYPD’s powerful Domain Awareness System (DAS), and the settlement is a significant step toward restraining the NYPD’s use of electronic databases to digitally search innocent citizens.
Cyrus is licensed to practice law in New York and Pennsylvania, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.