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Alison Arden Besunder

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP
One Pennsylvania Plaza, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10119
Phone: 212-695-8100
Fax: 212-629-4013
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1999
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate, Business Litigation, Elder Law, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation
Attorney Profile

Attorney Alison Arden Besunder is the founder and principal of the Arden Besunder P.C. law firm in New York, New York. A top-rated attorney with more than 20 years of legal experience, Ms. Arden Besunder represents a diverse range of clients throughout the greater New York City metro area and Long Island who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Estate planning
  • Trust and estate administration
  • Guardianships
  • Elder law and elder care
  • Commercial litigation
  • Intellectual property law
  • Business succession planning

Before establishing her own practice, Ms. Arden Besunder worked for more than 10 years as a commercial litigation attorney at a prominent national law firm. In this role, she assisted clients in the fashion industry with trademark and copyright infringements and combatting counterfeits. She also has extensive experience representing attorneys in disciplinary hearings before the Second and Eleventh Judicial Districts' Grievance Committees as well as advocating on behalf of the First Amendment rights of small entertainment companies.

Through her estate planning and administration practice, Ms. Arden Besunder delivers exceptional counsel and support to clients to help them protect themselves and their assets for the future while also assisting them with creating lasting legacies for their heirs and loved ones. Additionally, she still devotes a significant portion of her practice to intellectual property law, and she has a genuine passion for advising her clients on how to best prepare to avoid any potential problems down the road.

A 1995 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Ms. Arden Besunder obtained her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 1998. She holds her license to practice in New York and Massachusetts, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

A leader in her field, Ms. Arden Besunder has numerous publications to her credit, and she has conducted many lectures and continuing legal education seminars across her region on a variety of topics ranging from estate planning to social media and ethics. She also serves on the adjunct legal faculty at Columbia Law School, where she teaches classes on estate planning.

Moreover, Ms. Arden Besunder is the former co-chair of the New York State Bar Association's Special Task Force on Privacy Law, and she currently serves as a member of the association's Technology Committee and its Committee on Professional Discipline. She is also a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Elder Law
  • 10%Intellectual Property
  • 10%Intellectual Property Litigation
Focus Areas

Will Contests, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Trademarks


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022

About Alison Arden Besunder

First Admitted: 1999, New York

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Non-probate assets such as joint assets are frequently the subject of litigation, usually after an account owner dies.  Yet little if any thought is given when a depositor opens an account or changes the title, Quagmires Lurk in Non-Probate Assets and Joint Accounts, New York Law Journal
  • Editor, Trademark Reporter, 2007
  • Opening a New Front in the War on Fakes: Landlord and Third-Party Liability in the U.S., Managing Intellectual Property, December 2007
  • Fighting Fakes, an interview with Shopping Centers Today, March 2008
  • The Interplay Between the T.T.A.B. and Federal Court Decisions, Advanced Seminar on Trademark Law, 940 PLI/PAT 69, July 16, 2008
  • Online Auctions in the U.S. after Tiffany v. eBay, PLI’s In Brief, October 2, 2008
  • Building an Anti-counterfeiting Program, Association of Corporate Counsel Newsletter, October 2008
  • Righting the Wrong: Damages Available in Lanham Act Cases, Advanced Seminar on Trademark Law, Practicing Law Institute, 2009
  • Not Your Parents’ Robot, NYSBA Journal, 2018
  • Discussion of the dispute between Tiffany and eBay as it wound its way to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Circuit to Decide Who Should Monitor Online Counterfeiters, New York Law Journal
  • New York's Marriage Equality Act took effect on July 24, 2011. The act itself is simple: It allows marriage licenses to issue to same-sex couples and recognizes all same-sex marriages legally performed in any of the seven U.S. jurisdictions that expressly allow it. Less simple is (was) how same-sex spouses managed their day-to-day financial and legal affairs in the wake of the Act but before the decision of the United States Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor, Closing the Gap: Same-Sex Estate Planning Following the Marriage Equality Act, New York Law Journal
  • Despite becoming the sixth and most populous state to recognize same-sex marriage 4 years before the decision of the United States Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor, same-sex spouses remained unable to enjoy the same federal benefits as their opposite-sex counterparts, For Love and Money: Inequalities Remain Despite Same-Sex Marriage, New York Law Journal


  • Achieving Legal and Financial "Independence" on Independence Day, Independence Day
  • Changes to New York State's estate and gift tax laws, Spring into Spring
  • Valentine's Day is one of the most popular days to get engaged.  This newsletter advises on the legal steps to take to protect yourself before saying I do, This Valentine's Day,

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Camp Association, Tri-State, Board
  • United States Supreme Court
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Member, Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Former Member, New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals, 2009-2013
  • Member, NYSBA, Intellectual Property Section
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estate Section, 2009
  • Former Member, NYSBA Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 2007-2009
  • Former Co-Chair, New York State Bar Association, Special Task Force on Privacy Law, 2009-2011
  • Member, New York City Bar Association, Committee on Professional Discipline, 2015
  • Member, Technology Committee, Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee, New York State Bar Association, 2017
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, 2009


  • New York Metro Super Lawyers list, 2019
  • CALI Award for Excellence, Civil Practice and Procedure, CALI Award for Excellence, Civil Practice and Procedure, CALI, 1997
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Commercial Paper, CALI Award for Excellence, Commercial Paper, CALI, 1998

Educational Background

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, 1995, B.A., English, 1995


  • Obtained the first consent permanent injunction in New York City against a landlord for the sale of counterfeit fashion products by a commercial tenant in Chinatown.  The consent injunction was obtained on behalf of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Kenzo, Loewe and Burberry.  The consent injunction required the landlord to take affirmative steps to deter the sale of counterfeit products on its premises.  The success of the injunction program was revealed when New York City conducted the largest seizure of illegal counterfeit merchandise in its history, recovering $1 million in counterfeit merchandise and closing three Canal Street buildings that were the most notorious Canal Street shopping malls in June 2008.  The City's seizure did not uncover counterfeit merchandise of any of the brands covered in the injunction., 2008

Pro bono/Community Service

  • I serve as Court Examiner, being appointed by the court to review the annual accounts submitted by guardians, 2010
  • In 2001, I assisted a widow of a victim who died in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Although she was married to the Decedent, a former wife came forward alleging that she and the Decedent were never actually divorced. The case involved searching marriage, divorce, and other government records in Israel and both Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Through dedicated negotiations, I worked with opposing counsel to maximize the benefits available to the estate from Workers Compensation, Social Security, insurance, and the Victims Compensation Fund, and achieved a settlement that yielded my client and her daughter nearly half of the available proceeds while also protecting the Decedent's child from his prior marriage, 2001
  • I volunteer at a homeless shelter in my neighborhood, organized and hosted at our synagogue, by providing meals and assistance for the individuals who are provided overnight shelter, 2015
  • I served on the Board of Trustees of my synagogue, helping the synagogue to create and implement a "legacy society" to raise funds for the operation of the synagogue and special programs, 2014

Industry Groups

  • Art
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Family Business
  • Fashion Law
  • Lawyers)
  • Music And Entertainment
  • Real Estate
  • Service Professionals (Physicians
  • Trust Companies


  • “Alison is an attentive planner and an effective advocate. She keeps client objectives in mind, she manages client expectations about those objectives, and then she brings her energy to bear on the goal.”
  • “Alison is an efficient, practical lawyer who gets stellar results. ”
  • “Alison really knows the ins and outs of estates and trusts and teaches CLE courses for Lawline and the NYSBA. She is extremely active in the community and writes an award-winning "Ask an Attorney" article for New York Parenting. Alison's firm yet fair, compelling yet compassionate personality into the courtroom to effectively represent her clients, but more importantly, she serves as a trusted resource, educating and supporting her clients on proper estate planning with the goal that families stay in harmony and out of court.”
  • “Outstanding attorney. Very professional and competent.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Alison Arden Besunder

One Pennsylvania Plaza
31st Floor
New York, NY 10119

Phone: 212-695-8100

Fax: 212-629-4013

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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