Babak Ghafarzade


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Babak Ghafarzade is a litigator with experience in white-collar defense, regulatory enforcement investigations and actions, and complex commercial litigation and arbitration. He has represented corporate and individual clients in the financial, real-estate, start-up-technology, sanitation, legal, and entertainment industries. He served on trial teams in a white-collar criminal jury trial in federal court, a complex commercial bench trial in state court, and an SEC enforcement action before an administrative law judge.

In his public interest practice, Babak has represented immigrants seeking asylum, challenging the conditions of their confinement and appealing orders of removal. He has also conducted screening interviews of defendants in the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court and provided legal assistance to participants in a diversion program for young defendants in the Eastern District of New York.

Babak earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the New York University School of Law. Before law school, Babak taught math in Philadelphia public schools through the Teach For America program and later trained teachers in Mumbai as part of Teach For India. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable LaShann DeArcy Hall of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

  • New York University School of Law (J.D., 2016)
    Magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Howard Greenberger Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Area of Comparative Law Senior Editor, New York University Journal of International Law and Politics
  • University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (M.S.Ed., 2009)
  • University of Oregon, Clark Honors College (B.A., 2007)
    Cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Law Clerk to the Hon. LaShann DeArcy Hall
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2018-2019

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Associate, 2016-2018

  • State Bar of New York
  • United States District Courts: Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit