Adam M. Rafsky is a commercial litigator who represents large and small businesses and individuals in federal and state court proceedings and in alternative dispute resolution forums. Mr. Rafsky is actively involved in all phases of the litigation lifecycle from pre-action investigation through trial and appeal, and has authored numerous dispositive, procedural, and discovery motions and appellate briefs as well as applications for emergency injunctive relief. He has experience in numerous industries and in a wide range of complex commercial disputes, including matters involving corporate governance, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, business torts, and business dissolution and valuation. Mr. Rafsky has also served as counsel to federal equity receivers appointed by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) in consumer fraud receiverships. He is a frequent contributor to Farrell Fritz’s New York Commercial Division Practice blog.
What made you choose commercial litigation?
I have always been drawn to the adversarial nature of litigation. Having the opportunity to serve as an advocate for a client, and to develop and advance arguments in furtherance of their position, is something that has always appealed to me. Before I went to law school, I spent two years as a legal assistant in the civil litigation department of a large firm in New York City and found the diversity and complexity of the cases fascinating. During my first summer in law school, I interned for the district attorney in Westchester, and while I enjoyed the experience, particularly being in the courtroom, I determined that the civil side of litigation was a better fit for me. The following summer, I worked at Farrell Fritz and was able to gain meaningful experience with commercial cases, which cemented my decision to pursue this area of law.
“Farrell Fritz is successful because of the talent of our attorneys – and their unwavering commitment to our clients.”
How do you help clients manage pressing challenges of litigation?
It’s important to be upfront about the nature of the case and its strengths and weaknesses. There are no guaranteed results in litigation, which makes it all the more important to be honest and candid with your client so that they have a realistic and fair understanding of their position in order to fairly evaluate how they want to proceed.
What would you say has been your biggest success so far?
My biggest success so far has been the significant professional growth and development that I have experienced at Farrell Fritz, which has occurred as a result of being surrounded by superior lawyers and participating in the consistently successful representation of our clients.
Why do you think potential clients should choose Farrell Fritz? What do you think is the difference?
You have to start with the quality of our lawyers; I am continually impressed by the caliber of attorneys we have here. Another reason to choose Farrell Fritz is the attention we give to clients. While our attorneys are equally as talented as those at larger firms, our smaller size enables us to provide clients with a greater amount of attention. We truly care about our clients, and that is reflected in the service we provide to them.