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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 Founding Co-Chair of the firm’s Art Litigation and Disputes Practice and Co-Chair of the firm’s Insurance Practice. She has extensive experience handling crisis situations and complex commercial disputes, with a focus on the corporate and financial sectors, and the arts, fashion and entertainment sectors.  As a seasoned trial lawyer, she has represented clients in trials and appeals in many state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as in arbitration hearings, and has argued frequently in the Second, Third, and Fifth federal appellate circuits and New York’s First Department, Appellate Division.  She frequently provides strategic advice to long-standing clients across a variety of business lines and strategic goals, including for high-net worth individuals, artists’ studios, fashion houses, foundations and institutions, and galleries, and often advises her clients on pre-litigation risk mitigation and on litigation-driven investment and business strategies.  She also leads the firm’s premier arts practice representing and advising clients including the Andy Warhol Foundation, Richard Prince, the Robert Indiana Legacy Foundation, LVMH, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, and Elite Models, in arts, brand, media and entertainment business matters and disputes.

She has been recognized by the Lawdragon 500 as a Leading Litigator in America (2024), ranked by Chambers USA in Litigation: General Commercial as an Up and Coming attorney (2024) and Leading Global Litigator (2021, 2023), as well as by The Best Lawyers in America for Art Law (2020, 2021) and the Lawdragon 500 as a Leading Litigator in Complex Commercial Litigation, including Art (2023).   She has also been selected to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers Guide (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024), identified as a “Next Generation Partner” for General Commercial Disputes by Legal 500 (2022), and named by Benchmark Litigation as a Future Star (2023). In energy disputes, she was named a Leading Energy Lawyer for Energy Litigation by Lawdragon 500 (2023), and as a “Rising Star” in Energy by Law360 (2018), and she has also been honored as an MVP in Insurance by Law360 (2022).  She has twice been recognized as a “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer (2019 and 2022) for notable victories in high-profile and complex art and insurance disputes, and was repeatedly listed on 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 and a member of the Board of Visitors at Stanford Law School.

  • Elliott Management Corporation
  • Sixth Street Partners
  • Vista Equity Partners
  • Och-Ziff Capital Management
  • AIG (American International Group)
  • Lexington Insurance Company
  • American Home Assurance Company
  • AmTrust Financial
  • Hess Corporation
  • Mercuria Energy Trading S.A.
  • FirstEnergy Generation LLC
  • Oxy USA, Inc.
  • The Andy Warhol Foundation
  • Morgan Art Foundation
  • Artist Richard Prince
  • Artist Derek Fordjour
  • Phillips Auctioneers
  • Gagosian Gallery
  • Knoedler Gallery
  • Petzel Gallery
  • Pace Gallery
  • Chanel USA and Chanel International
  • LVMH Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy
  • Elite World Model Management
  • The Society Model Management
  • Kendall Jenner
  • Ari Emanuel
  • Patrick Whitesell
  • Mark Shapiro
  • Alec Baldwin
  • M. Patrick Carroll
  • Represents and advises Chanel in brand protection and IP matters.
  • Represents LVMH Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy and associated Maisons with corporate and brand protection/IP matters.
  • Represents contemporary artist Richard Prince in copyright/fair use disputes concerning his “Instagram” New Portraits series of artworks.
  • Represented artist Derek Fordjour in contract dispute with former art dealer that implicated NY public policy concerning predatory practices toward artists.
  • Represents Ari Emanuel, Patrick Whitesell, Mark Shapiro and associated entities in disputes concerning the take-private merger between Endeavor and SilverLake.
  • Represents M. Patrick Carroll in a variety of matters including advising in connection with the sale of assets in the Carroll Companies to RMR.
  • Represented 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.
  • Represented Elite World S.A. and supermodel Kendall Jenner in litigation with Italian fashion brand concerning a modeling contract.
  • Represented 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 full defense victory for AIG affiliates in a jury trial in Delaware Superior Court in a seven-figure dispute where jury found that AIG’s policyholder had committed fraud, acted in bad faith, and breached policy provisions, resulting in a take-nothing verdict.
  • Represents AIG affiliates in various litigations concerning the availability of business interruption insurance coverage resulting from COVID-19 business closures and obtained full defense victory for AIG affiliate in landmark case concerning such coverage in a healthcare setting.
  • Represented Hess Corporation in litigation with Marathon Oil Company concerning federal regulatory and contractual decommissioning obligations for several former oil and gas producing assets in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented Hess Corporation in Fifth Circuit appeal concerning $250 million dispute with Schlumberger Technology Corporation concerning non-performing subsurface safety valve equipment.
  • Represented private equity and credit funds including Sixth Street Partners and Golub Capital in litigation and related arbitrations challenging the proposed merger between Neuberger Bergman’s Dyal Capital Partners division and Owl Rock Capital.
  • Represented Elliott Management Corporation’s NML Capital Ltd. against the Republic of Argentina relating to Argentina’s decade-old default on sovereign debt.
  • 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.
  • Represented Knoedler Gallery, one of the most prominent art galleries in the world, 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, Robert Motherwell, and Willem de Kooning, until those cases were brought to successful resolution.
  • Represents Phillips Auctioneers in a variety of matters and obtained landmark victory for Phillips Auctioneers in the S.D.N.Y. and Second Circuit concerning effect of force majeure clause following pandemic-related auction postponements.
  • 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 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.
  • 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; Spanish, 2003)
  • The State Bar of New York
  • United States Appeals Court:
    • Second Circuit
    • Third 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
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, Up and Coming, 2024
  • Ranked in Lawdragon 500 Leading Energy Lawyers, Energy Litigation (2023-2024)
  • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Future Stars (2023–2024)
  • Selected to Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America guide (2024)
  • Ranked in Legal 500 USA Dispute Resolution: General Commercial Disputes “Next Generation Partner”, “Recommended Lawyer” (2023)
  • Selected to Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers guide (2020-2024)
  • Named a Law360 MVP in Insurance (2022)
  • Recognized as “Next Generation Partner” for General Commercial Disputes by Legal 500 (2022)
  • Honored as “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer (2022)
  • Selected to Lawdragon 500 as Leading Litigator in Complex Commercial Litigation, inc. Art (2023)
  • Selected to Lawdragon 500 Global Litigation Lawyers guide (2021, 2023)
  • 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
  • Luke Nikas and Maaren A. Shah, Art Law Chapter, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, 5th Edition (2021).
  • Luke Nikas and Maaren A Shah, Mediation and Arbitration of International Art Disputes, The Art Law Review, 1st Edition (2020).
  • Luke Nikas and Maaren Shah, To Give and To Receive: A Handbook on Collection Gifts and Donations for Museums and Donors, 2nd Edition, § 24 Copyright Does Not Transfer with the Gift (2020).
  • Firm Memorandum, Appropriation Art: An International Divide (Oct. 2019).
  • Firm Memorandum, Rentmeester v. Nike: Copyright Protection for Photography (Jan. 2019).
  • Interpreting In Pari Delicto In the Wake of Kirschner v. KPMG, Am. Bankr. Inst. J., Vol. XXIX, No. 2 (Mar. 2010).
  • Deepening Insolvency Theory: It Should Be Upheld, Special to The National Law Journal (July 9, 2007).
  • Sink or Swim? A Case for Salvaging Deepening Insolvency Theory, 7 J. Bus. & Sec. L. 163 (2007).