Michelle M. Arbitrio: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Michelle M. Arbitrio


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Practice Areas

  • Commercial & Business Litigation
  • Employment & Labor
  • Financial Institutions
  • Life
  • Health
  • Disability & ERISA
  • Miscellaneous Professions
  • Securities
  • Securities Industry Professionals
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage
  • Professional Liability & Services
  • General Liability & Casualty
Contact InfoTelephone: 914.872.7788
Fax: 914.323.7001
University Providence College, B.A., 1999, cum laude
Law SchoolPace University School of Law, J.D., 2002, cum laude; Pace International Law Review, articles editor
Admitted2002, Connecticut; 2003, New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

New York State Bar Association
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)


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.

Awards & Distinctions

Rising Star - Westchester's 40 Under 40


Eastern District of New York Adopts Express Train Discovery Schedule to Ensure Expeditious Resolution of Sandy-related Coverage Suits
April 24, 2014

Temporary Insurance Applications and Agreements: The Impact of Material Misrepresentations in Life Insurance Applications on Coverage
November 15, 2013


Securities 101: An Introduction to FINRA Arbitrations
October 29, 2013

Securities Update: A Discussion Regarding the New Suitability Rule, REITs, TICs, and Private Placements
March 12, 2013


Wilson Elser's Michelle Arbitrio Named to Westchester County's List of Rising Stars Under 40
May 7, 2014

Arbitrio and Elrod Obtain $1.3 Million Verdict for Fortune 500 Client
April 2, 2014 (Also at New York, New York and Stamford, Connecticut Offices)


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Call Me, Maybe
Michelle M. Arbitrio, April 15, 2015
There has been an increase in lawsuits against financial institutions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and recent multimillion-dollar class action settlements raise significant concerns in the financial services industry regarding the efficacy of existing compliance protocols....

A Check in the “Win” Column for Broker-Dealers!
Michelle M. Arbitrio, November 10, 2014
The Second Circuit recently issued a single opinion for two cases [Goldman Sachs & Co. v. Golden Empire Sch. Fin. Auth., No. 13-797-cv (2d Cir. Aug. 21, 2014) and Citigroup Global Mkts. Inc. v. N.C.E. Mun. Power Agency, No. 13-2247-cv (2d Cir. Aug 21, 2014)], holding that a forum selection...

Clawback Suit Targets International Investors
Michelle M. Arbitrio, November 10, 2014
In 2008, a few months before the $65 billion Madoff Ponzi scheme fell apart, the $3.65 billion Petters Ponzi scheme made headlines. Tom Petters told investors that they were financing the purchase and sale of consumer electronic goods when no goods existed. Rather, Petters used funds from new...

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Michelle M. Arbitrio

1133 Westchester Avenue
White PlainsNY 10604-3407


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