Mr. Safer is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Vanderbilt University
Jay G. Safer has handled complex litigation and arbitration in the United States and abroad. Jay represents clients in matters concerning contracts, antitrust, securities, RMBS matters, RICO, qui tam, FCPA, international litigation and arbitration, including application of the New York Convention and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards, banking, financial institutions, corporate governance, technology, privacy, insurance, construction, real estate, labor and employment, media, product liability, health care, professional ethics, financial, constitutional and regulatory issues, mediation, and class actions. He also counsels clients on commercial matters, including protection and preventive measures, creation of risk litigation plans, e-signature, e-discovery and e-readiness, and pre-litigation analysis. He has represented clients in international litigation, including domestic and foreign clients in courts outside the United States and foreign clients in United States courts, including a foreign government. He has represented clients from the United States and around the world in international arbitrations. He has worked with esteemed counsel in foreign countries in cases in courts of different countries and provided advice concerning the application and comparison of United States law and laws of other nations. Jay is familiar with the laws and procedures utilized in judicial systems abroad and has worked closely with lawyers practicing in many different countries. Some of these matters include the following.
Jay has served on panels, bench-bar forums, and a member of committees with judges and attorneys discussing and speaking on a wide range of civil litigation issues, litigation skills, and U.S. and international arbitration and international litigation practice, including federal court practice, state court and commercial division practice, trial practice, cross examination for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, best pre-trial practices, successful depositions, class actions, FCPA, expert trial and discovery issues, mediation, professional ethics, defamation, e-discovery, e-signature and e-records. He has presented numerous programs and seminars on U.S. and international arbitration and litigation to foreign judges, lawyers, and law students visiting the United States and at seminars abroad. He is frequently requested by national organizations to give in-person and broadcast programs nationwide including video and webinar presentations on these and other litigation subjects. Jay’s programs and webinars have been recommended repeatedly by his audiences. Other examples of presentations have included programs on forgery and fraud, including to the Manhattan DA's Office, presentations to forensic accountants, programs on obtaining and using experts in litigation and working with them in depositions and trials, the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler v. Bauman, attorney-client and work product privilege, litigation involving mergers and acquisitions and representations and warranties, cross-border litigation, and the impact of the recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Jay often does panels as past chair and present member of the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section of the NYSBA. Moreover, in the International Section of the NYSBA, Jay serves as Co-Chair of the International Litigation Committee, on the Executive Committee, is Co-Chair of the 2017 world wide meeting in Latin America, was Chair of a litigation and arbitration panel in 2016 in the Section’s Paris meeting, and has presented panel programs throughout the world in Sao Paulo, Vienna, Vietnam, Lisbon, and Panama, and is and has been Chair of Global Law week panels in New York every two years.
Mr. Safer has made appearances on television and authored numerous articles and publications including:
He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and Fordham Law School teaching foreign lawyers on the management of U.S. litigation, and the role of arbitration and mediation in U.S. proceedings.
Named as a New York SuperLawyer
Named as a Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation
Named as a Top Rated Business Attorney
Named as a Top Rated Lawyer in Banking and Finance Law
Named as a Top Rated Lawyer in Technology Law
Achieved AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
Jay was appointed by the Chief Judge of the State of New York to the Commercial Division Advisory Council that advises the Chief Judge and the Judiciary on all matters involving the Commercial Division of the State of New York.
Jay was appointed to the Advisory Group to the Joint New York State Federal Judicial Council consisting of Federal and State Judges appointed by the Chief Judge of the State of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Jay was appointed by the New York State Chief Administrative Judge to serve on her Advisory Committee on the Civil Practice Law and Rules.
Jay has served on the Planning Committee for the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Jay was appointed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to serve on a Special Commission on the Future of the New York State Courts. The Commission was composed of lawyers, civic leaders, government and private sector representatives, academicians, and sitting and former trial and appellate court judges.
Jay is the Past Chair of the 2,000 member Federal & Commercial Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association and is the Co-Chair of its Federal Judiciary Committee.
Jay has been a member of the Lawyers Committee of the National Center for State Courts.
Jay served as a Federal Judiciary Chair representing the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association for the 225th Anniversary of the Unite States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the 150th Anniversary of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Jay coordinated creation of a Bibliography of United States District Court Judges of the Southern District of New York and presentations for the 225th and 150th Anniversaries of the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York.
New York State Bar Association, Past Vice President, First Judicial District and Member of the NYSBA Executive Committee
New York State Bar Association, Commercial & Federal litigation Section, Past Chair, Member of Executive Committee, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Co-Chair, Federal Judiciary Committee,
New York State Bar Association, International Section, Vice Chair, Co-Chair International Litigation Committee and Member of Executive Committee, International Section
New York State Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
New York City Bar Association, Past Chair of Council on Judicial Administration, Special Committee on Judicial Selection, and Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction,
New York City Bar Association, In-House/Outside Counsel Litigation Committee
New York City Bar Association, International and Commercial Disputes Committee, ICDC Cyber Security Sub-Committee
New York City Bar Association, Council on International Affairs
American Bar Association, Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and International Committees
Federal Bar Council, Committee on the Second Circuit
New York County Lawyers Association, Member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee,
New York County Lawyers Association, Past Co-Chair of the Foreign and International Law Committee, Past Co-Chair of the Committee on Election Law
New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division, Advisory Committee to the New York County Commercial Division and the Kings County Commercial Division Judges
Past Member of the Board of the Fund and Committee for Modern Courts
Jay has been a member of The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1) and The Sedona Conference Working Group on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure (WG6).
Jay has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).
American Bar Foundation Fellow
New York Bar Foundation Fellow
Selected as Fellow of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Selected to serve on AAA Roster of Neutrals
Member of the Inn of Court