Sari Gabay-Rafiy works closely with entrepreneurs and established brands as outside legal counsel on transactions and litigations. She tailors employment and non-compete agreements, sales and commission agreements, entertainment and publishing contracts and commercial leases to meet each client’s needs from retail and e-commerce businesses to insurance salesmen and fashion designers.
Sari is seasoned in intellectual property rights, and obtains trademark and copyright registrations and enforces and protects those rights through cease and desist letters, licensing, distributorship and marketing agreements.
Sari litigates civil cases in New York state and federal courts involving infringement, breach of confidentiality or non-competes, breach of contract, and fraud. She also assists with violations from the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Buildings, and other New York City and State agencies.
Sari is a go-to insurance regulatory lawyer representing insurance agents, brokers and public adjusters in Department of Financial Services’ investigations, complaints, and hearings and in relicensing applications. She represents sellers and purchasers of insurance agencies and other businesses. Sari also reviews and interprets insurance policies and advises homeowners, venues, and other policyholders in insurance coverage disputes.
Sari stays on top of insurance industry news as a Contributor for the Insurance Advocate magazine and her involvement in CIBGNY, PIA (where she is among its Circle of Consultants), YIP and other insurance trade associations.
Prior to 2006, Sari was a Senior Litigator in Proskauer Rose LLP’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department where she was on the legal team representing the policyholder, Silverstein Properties, in the property damage and business interruption insurance litigation arising out of the collapse of the Twin Towers. Sari was part of the Trademark and False Advertising Group and the Law Firm Advisory Practice Group. She was involved in the Morale Committee and Summer Associate Committee, always enjoying comradery.
After graduating from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as an English major and briefly working in publishing, Sari decided to pursue a career in law and remain passionate about writing. While attending Brooklyn Law School she volunteered at The Author’s Guild advising writers on copyright law. Sari was Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Society and won the First Place Prize in the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Nashville, Tennessee, the Order of Barristers for Excellence in Courtroom Advocacy, the Law & Literature Award and CALI excellence for the future award for her application of literature to legal studies. She also served as Notes and Comments Editor for the Journal of Law & Policy where her article on the patentability of electronic commerce business systems was selected for publication.
Sari is a frequent faculty speaker for Continuing Legal Education courses and motivational seminars for new attorneys. She was selected as the Chairwoman for the Practicing Law Institute’s national seminar on Starting A Law Practice (July 2014) and has given numerous lectures on law practice management, legal ethics for lawyers, and insurance regulatory issues.
Sari is a native New Yorker from Greenwich Village and lives with her husband and three children in Tribeca. In her non-billable time she explores art, culture, travel adventures and enjoys being a soccer mom. Sari also writes fiction and won an honorable mention in SEAK’s National Fiction Writing Contest for Lawyers.
Contact Sari at email@example.com or 212.941.5025.