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Brian Farkas ’10

TrusteeBA, JD; New York, New York

Brian Farkas ’10 was elected to Vassar’s Board of Trustees in 2018. He also serves as Vice President of the Alumnae/i Association.

Brian is an attorney at Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP in New York City. He focuses his practice on business litigation and intellectual property. He represents clients in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings. In 2018, 2017 and 2016, he was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for Business Litigation.

Outside of his law practice, Brian is passionate about teaching. He is an adjunct professor at the City University of New York, where he teaches undergraduate courses on legal studies, conflict resolution, and negotiation. In alternating semesters, Brian is also an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School and Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches seminars on arbitration and mediation.

His legal scholarship has appeared in numerous publications, including the Harvard Negotiation Law ReviewLewis & Clark Law Review, New York County LawyerDispute Resolution Journal, and the Northeastern Law Journal.

Additionally, Brian regularly serves as a pro bono court mediator in Manhattan Civil Court and Brooklyn Small Claims Court, helping parties to achieve compromise and resolution outside of litigation.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York City Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association. At the New York City Bar Association, he chairs the New Lawyer Institute, which plans career development programming and mentoring for law students and recent graduates.

Brian earned his J.D. at Cardozo School of Law, where he was awarded the Andrew S. Zucker Award for Academic Excellence. At Cardozo, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, an academic journal dedicated to arbitration, negotiation and mediation scholarship.

At Vassar, Brian served as Editor-in-Chief of The Miscellany News, and wrote a book about the newspaper’s history entitled Covering the Campus: A History of The Miscellany News at Vassar College. He was also Vice President of the student government and Co-Chair of his Senior Class Gift.