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Shah, Maaren A.

Maaren A. Shah



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, energy 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. She has also been recognized as a “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer (2019) and as a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal (2016) and a “Rising Star” in Energy by Law360 (2018), and has twice been named to Benchmark Litigation's “Under 40 Hot List” (2016 and 2018). 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.

  Representative Clients

  • Elliott Management Corporation/NML Capital, Ltd.
  • Och-Ziff Capital Management
  • Investment Technology Group (ITG)
  • Mercuria Energy Trading S.A.
  • FirstEnergy Generation LLC
  • Oxy USA, Inc.
  • Access Industries
  • Lukoil North Americas
  • The Andy Warhol Foundation
  • Morgan Art Foundation
  • Arena Art Investors
  • The Family of John Chamberlain
  • Park West Galleries
  • David Benrimon Fine Art

  Notable Representations

  • Represents Morgan Art Foundation 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 concerning artworks by Peter Max. 
  • 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 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.  
  • 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; United States District Court: Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York


  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian

  Prior Associations

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert D. Sack:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2009-2010


  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America, in Art Law (2020)
  • 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


Publications and Lectures

  • 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).