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Brian Farkas

Associate
Brian is an associate in the Complex Litigation Department. He represents clients in federal and state court, as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings.
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Prior to joining Arent Fox, Brian served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Lehrburger of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He also spent six years as an associate at a midsize litigation firm in New York City.

During law school, Brian was Editor-in-Chief of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, an academic journal dedicated to arbitration, mediation, and negotiation scholarship. He was also awarded the Andrew S. Zucker Award for Academic Excellence.

Professional Activities

Brian is an active member of the New York City Bar Association. At the City Bar, he chairs the New Lawyer Institute, which plans career development programming and mentoring for law students and recent graduates. He is also an active member of the American Bar Association where he chairs the Legal Education Committee of the Section of Dispute Resolution, working with staff and volunteers to administer the annual Representation in Mediation Competition – a national moot competition for law students.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

​​​​​​From 2016 through 2019, Brian was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for Business Litigation.

His publications in law review and trade publications include:

  • Contracting Jurisdiction: Arbitration of Noncompetition Disputes in Employment Agreements, 15 N.Y.U. J.L. & Bus. 525 (2019)
  • “New Lawyer Institute Brings Millennial Members Into the Fold,” New York Law Journal (September 24, 2019)
  • First Impressions: Drafting Effective Mediation Statements, 22 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 157 (2018)(with Donna Erez Navot)
  • “Tough Transitions: Managing Disputes between the First and Second Generations of Arts Organization Leadership,” American Bar Association, Landslide Journal of Intellectual Property Law (July/August 2017)
  • The History and Legacy of the Pound Conferences, 18 Cardozo J. Conflict Resol. 677 (2017)(with Lara Traum)
  • The Continuing Voice of Dissent: Justice Thomas and the Federal Arbitration Act, 22 Harvard Negot. L. Rev. 33 (2016)
  • Stiffing the Arbitrators: The Problem of Nonpayment in Commercial Arbitration, Harvard Negot. L. Rev. Online (Spring 2015) (with Neal M. Eiseman)

His recent presentations include:

  • Panel Moderator, “Networking and Interviewing in the Virtual World: Navigating the COVID-19 Landscape,” New York City Bar Association (June 9, 2020)(virtual presentation)
  • Speaker, “Arbitration on the Ballot: The 2020 Election and Beyond,” ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Annual Spring Conference (May 21, 2020)(virtual presentation)
  • Panel Moderator, “Boot Camp for Young Lawyers,” New York City Bar Association (September 10, 2019)
  • Resolutions Podcast: “What should be included in a pre-mediation statement?” American Bar Association (April 25, 2019)(with Donna Erez Navot)

Life Beyond the Law

Brian is passionate about higher education. He is an adjunct professor at the City University of New York (CUNY), where he teaches undergraduate courses on law, negotiation, and conflict resolution. In alternating semesters, he also teaches seminar courses on arbitration at Cardozo School of Law and mediation at Brooklyn Law School. He previously served as a clinical instructor for Brooklyn Law School’s Mediation Clinic, training students to resolve disputes in Brooklyn’s Small Claims Court.

Brian serves on the Board of Trustees of his undergraduate alma mater, Vassar College. Between 2013 and 2018, he was president of the Vassar Club of New York, planning educational and social programs for alumni around the New York area. He is also an active alumni interviewer for Vassar.

  • Bar & Court Admissions
    • New York Bar
    • New Jersey Bar
    • District of Columbia Bar
    • US District Court, Southern District of New York
    • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • Education
    Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    JD
    New York University, Graduate School of Public Service
    MPA
    Vassar College
    BA