Nelida Lara Partner

Nelida is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group. Nelida represents companies and individuals in a wide range of business disputes, including real estate, joint-venture, contract, and intra-company disputes involving partnerships and LLCs in connection with membership rights, withdrawals, dissolutions, and distributions. Nelida also litigates trusts and estates controversies and a wide variety of complex commercial disputes across a diverse range of industries and businesses. She handles all phases of complex litigation, from pleadings through dispositive motions, mediations, and appeals in state and federal courts. Nelida regularly advises companies on governance and regulatory matters, including data and privacy protection compliance.

Prior to joining our firm, Nelida was an associate in the litigation group of Schulte Roth & Zabel.


  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 2008
  • Texas A&M University, M.S., 2005
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., 2003

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York


  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, Board Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member of the House of Delegates
  • Westchester County Bar Association, Board Member
  • JALBCA (Judges & Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert), Membership Committee
  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • New York City Bar Association, State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, Member
  • New York City Bar Association, Construction Law Committee, Secretary 2017-2018


  • Co-author, Ten Recommendations to Help Hedge Fund Managers Conduct Successful Internal Investigations, 6 The Hedge Fund Law Report 9 (2013).


  • Recipient of the Rising Star – 40 Under 40 Award, Business Council of Westchester, 2018

Nelida Lara Offers Insights on the Escalating Cyber Fraud Risks in Asset Sale Transactions

Featured in the ABA’s Litigation News, our litigation partner Nelida Lara offers insights on the escalating cyber fraud risks in asset sale transactions, emphasizing essential preventive strategies in light of the pivotal Mago v Arizona Escrow & Fin. Corp., 1 CA-CV 22-0270, 2023 WL 2704099, at *1 (Ariz Ct App Mar. 30, 2023) decision.

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Data Breach Lawsuits on the Rise: Five Tips to Help Minimize Liability

Read about recent developments in data breach litigation in New York from our partner Nelida Lara featured in the American Bar Association’s Commercial and Business Litigation Committee’s Practice Points.

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WCBA Member Spotlight: Nelida Lara

Our Partner, Nelida Lara, was featured in a Westchester County Bar Association Member Spotlight interview in this month’s issue of Westchester Lawyer Magazine.  

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Options for Commercial Landlords to Manage Distressed Tenants in New York

August 6, 2020 The full economic impact caused by the pandemic is not yet known, particularly in the area of commercial tenancies. As businesses assess their long-term viability, landlords may face an increase in rent payment defaults, fewer prospective tenants, or a drop in rental rates. There are a number of options that commercial landlords may consider to mitigate the effects from the COVID-19 business interruption including: lease workout, lease buyout, eviction and insurance claims. With each option, landlords must navigate several key issues to determine the best solution for their particular needs. 

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Consider Mediation and Arbitration to Resolve Business Disputes While Court Access is Limited, and Will Be Backlogged, Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 27, 2020 Mediation and arbitration are potentially attractive alternatives to resolving business disputes, especially given the pandemic induced stress on the court system. Courts in New York are operating on a limited basis due to social distancing rules, and will be backlogged even when they return to “normal.” Court litigation may be necessary and may be the best, or only option, for dispute resolution depending on the circumstances, but other options should be considered. In mediation a neutral third-party facilitates negotiations to resolve a dispute when the parties cannot negotiate a resolution on their own. In arbitration the parties […]

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What COVID-19 Means for Your Contracts

As the world enters into uncharted territory with nation-wide lockdowns and most commercial activity delayed indefinitely, questions arise as to how existing contracts will be affected. Here is what to look for in your contracts and the potential avenues of relief in New York State .

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