Michelle M. Arbitrio
685 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
P (212) 999-7100
F (212) 999-7139
5 Waller Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
P (914) 353-3850
F (914) 353-3851
40 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
P (203) 604-6767
F (203) 286-1835
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Michelle M. Arbitrio is an accomplished trial and appellate attorney with more than 18 years of experience as a litigator in the state and federal courts of New York and Connecticut. Michelle also serves as National Trial Counsel and National Coordinating Counsel for her clients in state and federal lawsuits, multi-district litigations, FINRA arbitrations and class actions throughout the country. In her capacity as National Counsel, Michelle has handled matters in Illinois, Wisconsin, Montana, Pennsylvania, Kansas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Connecticut, Maryland, Ohio, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, Alabama and Iowa.
As a leader of the firm’s Management, Professional and Employment Liability Practices, Michelle counsels and defends directors and officers against claims alleging fraud, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duties, and a variety of professionals against claims based on alleged errors and omissions (E&O) in the performance of their professional services. She also regularly litigates labor and employment practices liability claims, commercial disputes, and securities claims premised on alleged civil and constitutional violations.
Michelle’s D&O work involves the defense of both for-profit and not-for-profit companies and their executives, and E&O work includes defending insurance agents and brokers, securities brokers, lawyers, and a wide range of other miscellaneous professionals. Michelle is regularly called upon to handle complex, high-stakes commercial litigation and claims involving allegations of gross negligence, fraud and malfeasance, harassment and discrimination, as well as litigation of non-solicitation/non-compete disputes.
A recognized thought leader in the areas of D&O, E&O and EPL risks and litigation, Michelle is the current Chair of the Professional Liability Defense Federation’s Insurance Agent/Broker Claims Committee. Michelle has been published numerous times in the New York Law Journal and other esteemed publications, and she is often consulted and quoted as an expert in business, insurance and claims publications. Michelle has received numerous awards for excellence in litigation management and client service.
Pace University School of Law (J.D., 2002, cum laude; Pace International Law Review, Articles Editor)
Providence College (B.A., 1999, cum laude; Member, National Political Science Honor Society; Member, National History Honor Society)
Licensed to Practice in:
Eastern District of New York
Northern District of New York
Southern District of New York
District of Connecticut
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- Handles professional liability matters involving securities brokers and broker-dealers, insurance agents, real estate agents, government officials and employees, staffing agents and numerous other types of professionals in errors and omissions claims where their professional conduct is at issue.
- Represents employers in a wide variety of discrimination cases and sexual harassment cases.
- Litigates matters involving non-competition agreements and corporate control disputes and regularly advises clients on these issues.
- Michelle has experience defending corporate, business and commercial investigations and litigation matters. She can handle matters involving corporations and their officers and directors in disputes involving the alleged violation of state and federal laws involving private companies, not-for-profit organizations, associations, cooperatives, condominiums, school boards, hospitals, financial institutions, religious and charitable organizations, and many other categories. She can also advise clients regarding preventative measures to avoid D&O liability, including providing risk management advice and conducting internal investigations.