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(212) 692-5523

ataffet@dsllp.com

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Education

    • Harvard Law School (J.D., 1984)
    • Columbia College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1981)

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Allan N. Taffet

Partner

Mr. Taffet has more than thirty years of litigation experience, and has handled a variety of significant cases on behalf of private and public entities, through trial and appeal. In the last twenty years, Mr. Taffet has tried numerous matters in federal and state courts, and before arbitration panels and administrative bodies.

 

The matters that Mr. Taffet has litigated encompass a broad spectrum of complex commercial and financial disputes involving securities, derivatives, employment and non-competition, breach of contract and contract construction, fraud, RICO, shareholder and partnership disputes and dissolutions and real estate.

 

Mr. Taffet primarily represents institutional clients in the financial services industry and capital markets, including most recently Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, BNY Mellon and Cowen and Company, LLC.

 

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Taffet was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and at Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Additionally, he developed substantial federal trial and appellate experience as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. In that capacity, Mr. Taffet litigated cases on behalf of the Government in the areas of environmental law, RICO, employment law, civil rights and the First Amendment. In 1993, he was promoted to the position of Chief of the Environmental Protection Unit, and later became Deputy Chief of the Civil Division, where he was responsible for supervising 15 civil litigators in all federal litigation in the Southern District in which the Government was a party. Mr. Taffet was a recipient of the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in 1990 and the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney in 1989 and 1996, respectively.


For more than 20 years, Mr. Taffet taught as an adjunct professor at the Fordham University School of Law. Since 1996, Mr. Taffet has served as a member and chairman of various FINRA customer and industry securities arbitration panels.

Mr. Taffet is admitted to practice in New York. 
 

Associations: 

  • Member of the Panel of Arbitrators for FINRA (1996-present)

Recognitions: 

  • Super Lawyers: New York Metro: 2006-2016

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