Leanne Shofi Updated Portrait

Leanne Murray Shofi

lshofi@cuddyfeder.com 914-761-1300

“Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.” - Malala Yousafzai

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Community Service

Leanne returns to the firm as Special Counsel in the Litigation Group, having launched her career at Cuddy & Feder in the early 1990s and working for a number of years with large firms as a commercial litigator and appellate attorney.  Leanne handles all aspects of federal and state litigation within Connecticut and New York, with special emphasis on appeals, multi-contractual business litigation, disputes regarding arbitrability, Article 78 proceedings, financial industry disputes, and alternative dispute resolution.  She is admitted in New York, Connecticut, US District of Connecticut, US District for Southern & Eastern Districts of New York, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.


  • Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY,
    J.D., magna cum laude, 1994
    Certificate in Environmental Law, 1994
  • Duke University, Durham, NC
    B.A., Distinction in English,1990


  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Associations

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Westchester Bar Association

Representative Matters

  • Strategized swift resolution of Article 78 proceeding and drafted successful motion to dismiss on behalf of major wireless telecommunications company
  • Contractual and litigation analysis in complex R&W insurance arbitration
  • Appellate strategy, brief writing and oral argument on behalf of broker-dealer in appeal to Second Circuit arising out of broker-dealer engagement and placement agreements
  • Represented distribution company in connection with two Second Circuit appeals arising out of breach of contract and guaranty action against retailer and corporate guarantors
  • Counsel to software supply corporation in breach of data collection automation services agreement and related breach of duties of loyalty and confidentiality proceedings against former employee
  • Appellate consultant to counsel representing patent-holder in infringement appeal to Federal Circuit
  • Drafted appellate briefs and related motions in First Circuit appeal regarding judicial assignment of causes of action
  • Represented investor in FINRA arbitration and Connecticut proceedings arising from broker-dealer’s fraudulent sales and marketing practices
  • Handled New York First Department appeal regarding minority shareholder oppression, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets

Community Service

  • Leanne serves regularly as a Judge at the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.
  • Committee Member, Broadway Belts for Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Leanne lives in Ridgefield, CT with her husband David and their college-aged “kids.” Leanne enjoys watching her daughter play softball and her son perform in music theatre and as a singer/guitarist, and swimming, reading and yoga.

Like everything in life, finding the right lawyer and law firm is all about fit.  I am proud to be a part of Cuddy & Feder, a firm of talented lawyers who care deeply about their clients and the community.  As a member of the litigation team, I am committed to bringing creative strategic solutions to each client's unique situation. –Leanne
On Friday, January 19, 2018, Leanne M. Shofi, Special Counsel at Cuddy & Feder LLP spoke on a panel at Duke University titled “Climate Change: U.S. Pulls Out, Blue Devils Dig In.” The program was held at the Framework LLC offices in Stamford, CT.
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