An accomplished attorney who enjoys an enviable track record of success, Michelle Arbitrio litigates, tries and appeals complex professional, commercial, coverage, life insurance, ERISA and employment disputes in state and federal courts and defends securities arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
She takes particular pride in her skillful defense of those professionals for whom the need to manage potential exposure has never been greater, including insurance agents, real estate agents and mortgage brokers. Intimately familiar with the business of law, the business of insurance and the delicate calculus of balancing one against the other, Michelle commits herself to addressing the needs of in-house counsel, underwriters, brokers and other insurance professionals - many of whom consider her as much colleague as counsel.
A practicing attorney for 12 years, Michelle's instinctive leadership abilities are already very much in evidence. She trains and manages a talented team of associates and paralegals and is regularly consulted by fellow partners who appreciate her sound perspectives and ideas. In fact, her ability to work cross-practice frequently spawns innovative and cost effective resolutions of her clients' most challenging legal issues. While other adjectives commonly ascribed to Michelle include honorable, approachable and tenacious, perhaps she's proudest of being considered a lawyer's lawyer who garners the enduring respect of colleagues and clients alike. Areas of Focus
Securities & Financial Services Litigation
Michelle focuses her securities litigation practice on the representation of broker-dealers, registered representatives and other industry professionals in claims involving violations of state and federal securities laws, and violations of FINRA rules and regulations. In addition, Michelle counsels firms and financial professionals regarding compliance issues and regulatory enforcement matters, which can cause extensive harm to a client's reputation or business prospects. She engages in proactive activities with regulators at the earliest stages of the process.
LIife, Health, Disability and ERISA
Regarding ERISA and non-ERISA life, health and disability insurance claims, Michelle regularly consults with and represents insurers on a wide range of long-term and short-term disability matters; complex life insurance issues, including fraud investigations, stranger-owned and investor-owned (STOLI/IOLI) cases, material misrepresentation cases and suicide cases; and rescission, declaratory judgment and interpleader actions. Michelle also has experience with ERISA-related class actions.
Michelle handles a myriad of professional liability matters involving architects & engineers, insurance agents & brokers, real estate professionals, securities industries professionals, and various miscellaneous professionals. Focused on preventing lawsuits from arising in the first place, Michelle works proactively with clients to create a culture that reduces legal exposure and avoids specific situations that can give rise to claims.
Michelle represents employers in a wide variety of discrimination cases and sexual harassment cases. In addition, she has litigated matters involving non-competition agreements and corporate control disputes and regularly advises clients on these issues. As dictated by client needs and best practices, Michelle works with other functional areas within the firm, including cyber risk, privacy rights, employment law, management liability, government affairs, unfair competition, class actions and commercial/transactional services.
Memberships & Affiliations
New York State Bar Association
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Awards & Distinctions
Rising Star - Westchester's 40 Under 40
(Also at New York, New York and Stamford, Connecticut Offices)