Risa M. Chalfin - New Jersey Commercial Litigation Attorney

Risa M. Chalfin
Phone: 732.855.6120
Fax: 732.726.6632
Bar Admission:

New Jersey, 2011
New York, 2017

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2017
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2017
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2014
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2011

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J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 2011
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2008

Biographical Information:

Risa M. Chalfin is an associate and a trial attorney in Wilentz’s Commercial Litigation group. Her practice is focused on a wide range of complex business litigation matters before state, Chancery, and federal courts. Risa has extensive experience as a trial lawyer and her approach to litigation and conflict resolution is informed by her experience and her ability to guide clients to the most efficient way forward for resolving disputes. In the United States, only two or three out of every 100 civil lawsuits result in a trial on the merits. If there is a possibility that a case might be one of the very few only resolved by trial, one may want to do what he or she can to stack the odds favorably. Risa is also adept in negotiating thoughtful and equitable pre-trial resolutions and securing motions to dismiss.

Risa’s depth of practice in the Chancery division permits her to serve regularly as a trusted advocate in a wide-range of matters, including partnership and shareholder disputes, restrictive covenants, and probate litigation. She regularly handles contentious matters for large businesses involving breaches of fiduciary duties, contractual dispute, real estate litigation, construction-defect issues, legal malpractice, and fraud.

Since 2015, Risa has been consistently ranked as a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyers®. Super Lawyers (http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process_detail.html) is published by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection process can be found in the link above. The aforementioned organization is a private peer review organization, not a court specific public certification vehicle. No aspect of this advertisement has been submitted to or approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Notable Matters:

  • Tried to verdict and obtained judgment in its entirety for large real estate developer on breach of contract matter;
  • Defended ex-CEO of bankrupt hospital in a multi-million dollar claim against directors and officers;
  • Successfully brought and defended estate litigation matters and will contests by way of order to show cause;
  • Successfully defeated multiple petitions for certification before the Supreme Court to uphold Appellate Court decisions; and
  • Spearheaded review of large e-discovery document review, responsible for coordinating multi-firm efforts bringing both efficiency and effectiveness to the process.

Risa sits on the firm’s political contributions committee and advises members and clients as to the implications of contributions in accordance with local and state pay-to-play ordinances. She is also actively engaged in the Middlesex County legal community, serving as Trustee and member of Young Lawyers Committee for the Middlesex County Bar Association since 2013. A leader in her alumni network, Risa serves as Co-Administrative Vice President of her class and interviews prospective students for the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining the firm, Risa was the law clerk for the Honorable Glenn Berman, Chancery Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. During her term, Judge Berman presided over the highly publicized State v. Ravi trial, which addressed the issue of bias intimidation and cyber bullying of Rutgers University students. While attending law school, Risa interned for the Honorable Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, New York County Defender Services, and the National Football League.


  • Middlesex County Bar Association (Trustee, Young Lawyers Division)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (General Council)
  • New Jersey State Bar Foundation (Editor, Legal Eagle; Law-Related Education Committee)
  • Jewish Federation of the Heart of New Jersey
  • University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2008 Administrative Vice President
  • University of Pennsylvania, Central New Jersey Chapter Interviewer for Prospective Students
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (Young Lawyers Division)
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey

Speaking Engagements:

  • Middlesex County Bar Association, Chancery Practice Dinner CLE, November 6, 2017, “The Revised Chancery Handbook”
  • New Jersey State Bar Association ICLE, January 27, 2016, “Accounting for Lawyers”
  • New Jersey State Bar Foundation, October 13, 2015, “Celebration of Magna Carta’s 800th Anniversary" 
  • New Jersey State Bar Foundation, May 1, 2015, Law-Related Education Conference, “Magna Carta”
  • Middlesex County Bar Association CLE, November 18, 2014, “10 Ways That Attorneys Kill Their Own Experts”
  • Middlesex County Bar Association CLE, June 10, 2013, “How to be a Young Lawyer and Excel in the Profession”
  • Middlesex County Bar Association CLE, June 11, 2012, “Demystifying Chancery Practice”
  • Middlesex County Bar Association CLE, May 21, 2012, “Professionalism for Young Lawyers”


  • “Registration To Do Business In A State Is Not Enough To Establish General Jurisdiction Over A Law Firm,” ABA, November 2017
  • Middlesex County Chancery Practice Manual, 2017 Edition
  • “While the Standards Applied By Courts In Ethical Matters Differ to that of Civil Litigation, Collateral Estoppel Is Still Applicable to Challenges to the Same Issues in Complementary Ethical and Civil Matters,“ ABA Lawyers’ Professional Liability eAdvisory, May 2017
  • “Law Firm Organized As A Limited Liability Partnership Has No Obligation To Maintain Professional Malpractice Insurance During Law Firm’s Period Of Dissolution And Windup Of Affairs,” ABA Lawyers’ Professional Liability eAdvisory, July 2016
  • “Arbitrating Disputes Between Attorney and Client: Is This A Viable Alternative?” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, June 2016
  • “Updated Corporate Statutes Make New Jersey More Attractive to Businesses,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, April 2014

Published Decisions:

  • Matter of Legato, Kenyon and Walter, 229 N.J. 173 (2017)
  • Powerhouse First, LLC v. Waldo Jersey City, LLC, 2016 WL 3503150 (App. Div. June 28, 2016)