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Arffa, Allan J.
1285 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY
Phone: (212) 373-3203
Fax: (212) 492-0203


Current Employment Position(s)


Lawyer Overview

Co-chair of the Litigation Department, Allan J. Arffa is a highly-experienced, general commercial litigator who handles securities, insurance, entertainment-related, real estate and other commercial matters in state and Federal courts, as well as arbitration settings, throughout the country.

In particular, Mr. Arffa is an experienced trial lawyer, who has conducted or participated in numerous trials in Federal and state courts, bankruptcy courts and arbitration settings. Most recently, he served as lead trial counsel in a successful arbitration proceeding resulting in the termination of his client’s license agreement with the adversary. Prior to that, he tried a case in New York Supreme Court involving credit derivatives, resulting in a complete defense victory for his client, a major financial institution. He also recently served as lead trial counsel in an arbitration involving insurance law issues, resulting in a victory for his client, the insured party.

Among other representations, Mr. Arffa has served as lead litigation counsel in numerous contested matters and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy courts around the country, and has conducted hearings in bankruptcy courts on various issues, including the appointment of a trustee for a chapter eleven debtor, estimation and other issues in asbestos-related bankruptcy cases, and contract acceptance or rejection issues, along with arguing numerous motions and other applications.

Mr. Arffa has also represented Time Warner Cable in a matter that he ultimately argued in the New York Court of Appeals involving the process for awarding cable television franchises in New York City. He has also represented Viacom, Inc. or its affiliates in a variety of insurance, intellectual property and other commercial matters.

In addition, Mr. Arffa has handled numerous securities matters and spoken on securities law issues. He has also conducted a variety of internal investigations for clients in matters involving potential securities law and other issues. He regularly represents clients in partnership, shareholder and other investment-related disputes, as well as disputes involving accounting and employment issues.

Mr. Arffa has also handled a broad variety of telecommunications matters, from disputes over alleged problems with undersea telecommunications cables to litigating and negotiating cable television franchise matters. He has also handled a number of significant litigation and counselling matters on behalf of clients in the financial data, information and entertainment industries.

Mr. Arffa has served as chair of the firm's Communications and Media Group.

Mr. Arffa served as an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Areas of Practice

  • Communications & Technology
  • Litigation

West Practice Categories

Communications & Media Law, Science & Technology Law, Litigation & Appeals


Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1987 - 1990 (Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility)

Past Employment Positions

  • Judge J. Edward Lumbard, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Law Clerk, 1980 - 1981


  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Honors: cum laude

    Law Review: Harvard Law Review, Member & Articles Editor, 1978 - 1980
  • Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1977
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: magna cum laude

Published Works

  • Delaware Chancery Orders Hexion to Fulfill Its Deal Obligations; Addresses Reverse Termination Fee Provision and MAE, October 2, 2008
  • Supreme Court Clarifies Limits on Punitive Damages, April 10, 2003