Fara Tabatabai is a partner and experienced litigator in Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s New York office. Her practice focuses on complex commercial, products liability, securities, and employment litigation and arbitration. She represents U.S., Canadian, European, and Asian clients in a variety of industries and has served as litigation and trial counsel in numerous high-stakes domestic and international disputes. She has particular experience in cross-border disputes and acted as counsel to the European debtors of the Nortel Networks enterprise in the first U.S.-Canadian cross-border trial in history.
Ms. Tabatabai is also committed to providing quality pro bono legal services. She has received several awards for her pro bono work, including two Legal Aid Society awards for her role in litigation against New York State to increase housing subsidies for low-income families and a Commitment to Justice Award for her work on an immigration case for Her Justice, an organization that provides legal services to low-income women.
Ms. Tabatabai currently serves as President of the Iranian American Bar Association’s New York Chapter and as a Member of the Corporate Leadership Committee of the New York Women’s Foundation.
President of Iranian American Bar Association, New York Chapter
Member, Corporate Leadership Committee, New York Women's Foundation
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Representation of Japanese nuclear power company in international contract dispute. Ongoing.
Representation of uranium company in contract dispute. Won summary judgment for our client.
Representation of pharmaceutical company in contract dispute. Won summary judgment for our client.
Representation of company in cross-border employment dispute. Claims against our client were withdrawn.
Representation of the European entities of the former Nortel Networks global enterprise in multi-billion dollar US-Canada cross-border litigation. Case settled after trial in our client's favor.
Representation of Trustee of the Lehman Brothers Inc. estate in multi-billion contract dispute over the sale of Lehman’s U.S. broker-dealer business. Trial resulted in an award of $5 billion to client.
Representation of Trustee of the Lehman Brothers Inc. estate in complex, multi-billion dollar claims dispute with a European affiliate. Case settled in our client’s favor.
Representation of accounting firm in defense of class action securities fraud litigation. Case settled in our client’s favor.
Representation of Cypriot bank in defense of money laundering and securities fraud litigation. Won dismissal of all claims against our client.
Representation of transportation signaling manufacturer in labor dispute arbitration. Obtained arbitration award in favor of our client.
Representation of Merck in defense of class action ERISA litigation. Case settled in our client’s favor.
Representation of Merck in defense of multi-district products liability litigation. Case settled in our client’s favor.