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Allison Fihma Drachman

Partner
T 212-973-8161

    Ms. Fihma Drachman has more than 10 years of litigation, arbitration and mediation experience.  

    She handles a variety of cases involving product liability, toxic tort, premises liability and construction defect claims. Her practice also includes insurance coverage work, analyzing issues related to allegations of breaches of professional liability. Her clients range from small “mom-and-pop” shops and private individuals to multi-national corporations, municipalities, manufacturers and suppliers.

    Ms. Fihma Drachman serves as Schnader’s Pro Bono Coordinator in New York. She organizes the provision of pro bono services in areas including immigration assistance, animal welfare, veterans' assistance, gender discrimination and Superstorm Sandy relief. 

    Prior to joining Schnader, Ms. Fihma Drachman worked for the New York City Law Department/Office of Corporation Counsel and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs.


    AREAS OF EXPERIENCE

    • Defends large municipality in claims of exposure to various toxins, including TCE, PCBs, mold, lead and asbestos. Successfully won summary dismissals of various actions for alleged exposure to toxins at public schools.
    • Represents a supplier of asbestos-containing materials in litigation throughout the country.  Successfully won dismissals of numerous claims based on lack of proper product identification and other factors.
    • Represents manufacturers and suppliers in breach of warranty and design defect cases involving construction, electrical, printing and hospital equipment, consumer appliances and hazardous materials.

    Constitutional Law

    • Defends large municipality in constitutional litigation brought under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983, involving the foster care system and schools.   

    COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

    • Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, committee member 2002 – present, committee co-chair, 2007-present
    • Labs-4-Rescue, volunteer, 2008-present
    • American Heart Association Young Professionals, member, 2007-present
    • The Annual Ray Licata Memorial Swim, 2005-present

    Education

    • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 2004
    • University of Vermont, B.A., 2001

    Court Admissions

    • New Jersey state and federal district courts
    • New York State Courts
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

    Bar Admissions

    • New York, 2005
    • New Jersey, 2004

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association, member
    • New York State Bar Association, member

    Other Distinctions

    • Benchmark Litigation "40 & Under Hot List" for 2018*
    • New York Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015-2018*
    • Earl G. Harrison Community Service Award, 2009
    • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Deans Merit Scholar 2001-2004

    *No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Further information on methodologies is available via these links.