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Vivian Arias focuses her practice on representing institutional lenders, including national banks, special servicers, and investment banks, in creditors’ rights litigation, insolvency, loan restructurings, and workouts. She also represents corporate and individual parties in contract and commercial disputes in arbitration and litigation in state and federal courts.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair

Named to New York Metro Rising Stars® 2019 by Thomson Reuters

Representative Matters

  • Represented national banking associations, through special servicers, in commercial real estate foreclosure and receivership proceedings in New York and New Jersey
  • Resolution of an institutional lender’s claims against a borrower for breach of contract, conversion, and fraudulent conveyance in action before the Southern District of New York
  • Obtained dismissal of tort and contract claims against individual and corporate defendants in federal and state court actions
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court of the State of New York in connection with the representation of the plaintiff in a partnership dispute
  • Represented a national lender in the restructuring of a multi-million dollar loan secured by a Lower Manhattan commercial property through a special servicer, including subordinate notes, a mezzanine loan, and an intercreditor agreement

Prior Employment

  • Legal Intern for the Honorable Donald C. Pogue, Court of International Trade

Honors & Affiliations


  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500 US by Legalease (Real Estate and Construction: Real Estate), 2018
  • New York Metro Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights: Business), 2011-2020
  • Empire State Counsel®, New York Bar Association


  • Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2021
  • Member, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Member, Association for the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2016

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 2007, Fordham University School of Law; Staff Member, Fordham International Law Journal; Editor and Competitor, Fordham Law Moot Court Board
  • B.S.C., 2004, cum laude, University of Miami


  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York


  • Spanish