Hyman L. Schaffer

Hyman Schaffer has over thirty years’ experience as a litigator and problem-solver for individuals and businesses both large and small.  He has developed, implemented and run litigation campaigns for clients both domestically and internationally and has litigated cases in courts across the nation, including the federal and state courts in New York and the Delaware Chancery Court.  He has substantial experience arbitrating cases before national and international arbitral fora as well as before self-regulatory bodies such as FINRA and the National Futures Association.

Mr. Schaffer’s matters have spanned a broad array of substantive areas on behalf of companies, their management and directors, and individuals.  Upon completion of his judicial clerkship, Mr. Schaffer joined Sullivan & Cromwell’s litigation group, where he spent nine years, focusing on corporate and commercial disputes and mergers and acquisitions litigation.  Thereafter, he joined the firm of  Stanley S. Arkin, where he was a partner for fourteen years, representing clients  as diverse as Fortune 100 companies, a pre-eminent investment banking firm, the administrators of the Liberian and Marshall Islands shipping and corporate registries, minority holders of one of the nation’s largest closely-held companies,  a world renowned art gallery and its owners,  and a major sports figure.  More recently, Mr. Schaffer has represented the exclusive distributor of computer software over the termination of its contract in South America and the holder of the largest arbitral award ever rendered against the Czech Republic in efforts to recover on the award.

Mr. Schaffer also has represented numerous members of senior management and top revenue producers in the financial and securities industries in connection with their separation from employment, where maximization of their entitlements and minimization of impediments to their future activities are the paramount goals.

Over his career, Mr. Schaffer has become known for his innovative solutions to complex problems, stemming from the recognition that formal litigation is but one way, and at times  not the best way, to resolve  disputes and sensitive matters.