Rising Star: Fara Tabatabai


Fara Tabatabai ’06 was recognized by The New York Law Journal as a Rising Star lawyer under 40 for her work with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

Fara Tabatabai’s 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.

Among other notable cases, she represented Lehman Brothers in a trial against Barclays that resulted in a $5 billion verdict in Lehman’s favor and also represented the European affiliates of Nortel Networks in the first U.S.-Canadian cross-border trial in history.


Ms. Tabatabai has received several awards for her pro bono work and has emerged as a vocal champion of LGBTQIA rights. In her most recent pro bono matter, she led a civil rights case to a groundbreaking jury verdict of $355,000—including $75,000 in punitive damages—for a transgender woman who was deprived of hormone replacement therapy while incarcerated. In addition, she is a member of the Corporate Leadership Committee of the New York Women’s Foundation and is currently serving her second term as the President of the New York Chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association.

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