Chelsea P. Azrak
is a litigation associate resident in Fried Frank's New York office. She joined the Firm in 2011.
Ms. Azrak represents financial institutions and corporations at both the trial and appellate levels in cases involving a broad array of corporate disputes. Ms. Azrak works on a range of commercial, securities, real estate and antitrust litigation. Ms. Azrak also represents corporate and individual clients in connection with government investigations and regulatory enforcement matters. She has represented clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, and state attorneys general. She has also conducted internal investigations across a diverse range of industries, and has conducted anti-corruption, litigation, and cybersecurity due diligence for acquisitions and financings.
Ms. Azrak's notable representations include the defense of:
- Financial institutions that served as underwriters in a major residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) class action lawsuit.
- Real estate company in a partnership dispute related to a joint venture for a real estate development project in Manhattan.
- Individuals at a leading global financial institution in a Department of Justice investigation involving foreign exchange (FX) trading.
- An individual at a leading global financial institution in connection with a Department of Justice investigation involving allegations of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.
- The owner of a media company in a Department of Justice investigation involving allegations of antitrust violations, including bid-rigging.
- Board members of a pharmaceutical company in a Department of Justice investigation involving allegations of bribery.
- Auto part manufacturer in nationwide class action and multi-district litigation involving allegations of antitrust violations.
Ms. Azrak devotes a substantial amount of her time to pro bono work. She successfully represented a woman who obtained her permanent resident card after filing an I-751 Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence (battered spouse waiver), successfully represented a political asylum applicant, and has represented clients on a pro bono basis through the Southern District of New York's Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel.
Ms. Azrak is co-chair of the Firm's Working Parents Resource Group; was chosen to sit on the Firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Firm's Pro Bono Committee; and was the co-chair of the Firm's Associates Committee from 2014-2017. She also sits on the junior board of Urban Pathways, a New York nonprofit serving homeless men and women through a range of programs including outreach, drop-in centers, and supportive housing.
Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions
New York; New Jersey; US District Court for the District of New Jersey; US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan