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Shah, Maaren A.

Maaren A. Shah

Direct Tel: +1 212-849-7452
New York
Tel: +1 212 849 7000 Fax: +1 212 849 7100

Maaren A. Shah is a partner in the New York office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Art Litigation and Disputes Practice. She has extensive experience handling complex commercial disputes, including litigation, arbitration, and appeals, with a focus on the financial services and art sectors. Ms. Shah has represented companies, investment funds, and corporate officers and directors in high-stakes, high-dollar disputes, and frequently works with activist hedge funds in advising on and pursuing her clients’ litigation-driven investment strategies. She has a thriving trial practice, often participating in one or more trials or arbitration hearings per year. She also leads the firm’s premier art litigation practice representing clients in art-related disputes involving issues such as copyright/fair use, provenance and authenticity, art forgery, art contracts and transactions, and art financing, and has handled matters relating to landmark contemporary artists including Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana and Peter Max.

She was recently honored by The Best Lawyers in America (2020) for Art Law, selected to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers Guide (2020), and recognized as a “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer (2019). She has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal (2016) and a “Rising Star” in Energy by Law360 (2018), and has repeatedly been named to Benchmark Litigation's “Under 40 Hot List” (2016, 2018, 2019). She graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School and clerked for the Honorable Robert D. Sack on the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. She also presently serves as a visiting faculty member for the Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop at Stanford Law School.

  • The Andy Warhol Foundation
  • Morgan Art Foundation
  • Powerhouse Art Foundation
  • Phillips Auction House
  • Arena Art Investors
  • The Family of John Chamberlain
  • Gagosian Gallery
  • Knoedler Gallery
  • Fredrick Petzel Gallery
  • Park West Galleries
  • David Benrimon Fine Art
  • Elite World Model Management
  • Elliott Management Corporation
  • Och-Ziff Capital Management
  • Investment Technology Group (ITG)
  • Mercuria Energy Trading S.A.
  • FirstEnergy Generation LLC
  • Oxy USA, Inc.
  • Access Industries
  • Represents Morgan Art Foundation against the Estate of Robert Indiana and others in a lawsuit concerning the foundation’s rights in and protection of the late artist Robert Indiana’s artworks and artistic legacy.
  • Represents The Andy Warhol Foundation in copyright infringement lawsuit concerning whether Warhol made fair use of a photograph of the late recording artist known as “Prince” in connection with his 1984 series of 16 paintings and drawings of Prince.
  • Represents art gallery Park West Galleries in state and federal court litigation with the family and gallery of Peter Max concerning the purchase and sale of artworks by Peter Max.
  • Represented Knoedler Gallery, one of the most prominent art galleries in the world before its closure, in lawsuits arising from $60 million in sales of forged artwork previously believed to be by Abstract Expressionist artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Clyfford Still, until those cases were brought to successful resolution.
  • Represents art gallery David Benrimon Fine Art in lawsuit involving racketeering and fraud claims concerning the artworks le Gueridon by Pablo Picasso and Composition avec Profil de Femme by Fernand Leger.
  • Represents the estate of a gallery owner and art collector in action to recover two stolen paintings by artist Chang Dai-Chien in proceedings in the U.S. and Hong Kong.
  • Represents art financing fund in litigation concerning a financing deal for the purchase and sale of eight artworks by artists including Keith Haring and Willem DeKooning. 
  • Represents Elite World S.A. and Men Women N.Y. Model Management Inc. in litigation with Elite N.Y. Model Management concerning unlawful competition and solicitation of models and model managers.
  • Obtained landmark ruling in favor of RMBS investor, Sceptre LLC, following a federal bench trial on an issue of first impression in New York regarding whether an RMBS indenture can be reformed nine years after execution to correct for a scrivener’s error that reversed the priority of two classes of notes.
  • Represented UMB Bank as indenture trustee for more than $1.25 billion in notes issued by Caesars Entertainment Operating Corp. (CEOC) in its action seeking appointment of a receiver over CEOC and the return of significant assets and value siphoned out of CEOC by management.
  • Represented Elliott Management Corporation’s NML Capital Ltd. against the Republic of Argentina relating to Argentina’s decade-old default on sovereign debt.
  • Represented the extraordinary commissioner of Italian diary company Parmalat SpA in claims against global bank for fraud and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty in a six-month jury trial to verdict in the New Jersey state court and through resulting appeals to the New Jersey Supreme Court.
  • Represents FirstEnergy Generation LLC in confidential arbitrations and related federal litigation concerning several long-term coal transportation contracts with three national railroads.
  • Represented Mercuria Energy Trading in disputes involving post-closing purchase price adjustments to oil-and-gas assets, employee competition and mobility, and trade secrets, and obtained complete dismissal for Mercuria of lawsuit alleging failure to redeem $32 million of former employee’s carried interest.
  • Defended current and former officers and directors of Lukoil North Americas against fraudulent conveyance and breach of fiduciary duty claims in bankruptcy in a lawsuit brought by creditors of its former subsidiary, Getty Petroleum Marketing, Inc.
  • Represented Oxy USA, Inc. in arbitration and subsequent appeal in its dispute with SandRidge Exploration and Production relating to natural gas treatment contract and plant construction contract.
  • Stanford Law School
    (J.D., with distinction, 2007)
  • University of Pennsylvania
    (B.A., magna cum laude, with honors, Economics and Spanish, 2003)
  • The State Bar of New York
  • United States Appeals Court:
    • Second Circuit
    • Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert D. Sack:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2009-2010
  • Selected to the Lawdragon 500 Global Litigation Lawyers guide (2021)
  • Selected to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers guide (2020-2021)
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America, in Art Law (2020-2021)
  • Honored as “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer (2019)
  • Selected as a 2018 “Rising Star” in Energy by Law360
  • Named to Benchmark Litigation's “Under 40 Hot List.” (2016, 2018, 2019)
  • Selected as a “2016 Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal