Risa M. Chalfin

Member | New Jersey

Risa Chalfin is a trial attorney, focusing her practice on complex commercial litigation matters. She handles all aspects of litigation from inception through appeal before state, Chancery, and federal courts.

Based on her depth of experience, Risa is a trusted advocate for her clients. She has extensive experience in matters arising from partnership and shareholder disputes, including breaches of fiduciary duties, real estate litigation, motor vehicle franchise disputes, restrictive covenant disputes, contractual claims, construction defects, probate litigation, and guardianships.

Risa has extensive experience as a trial lawyer. Her approach to litigation and conflict resolution is informed by her experience and her ability to guide clients to the most efficient way to resolve disputes. Risa regularly works with clients on matters from the initial pleading stage of litigation through resolution. She has broad experience with the New Jersey Appellate Division, handling cases from briefing through argument.

In addition, Risa often speaks for CLE seminars sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association, and Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. She has been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Rising Stars list, published by Super Lawyers® and issued by Thompson Reuters, each year since 2015. A description of the selection methodology can be found at No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Risa practiced at a large, multi-disciplinary firm in New Jersey. She was a member of the firm’s Political Contributions Committee, advising members and clients on the implications of contributions according to local and state pay-to-play ordinances. Risa served as a law clerk to the Honorable Glenn Berman, Chancery Division of the New Jersey Superior Court from 2011-2012. During her term, Judge Berman presided over the highly publicized State v. Ravi trial, which addressed the issue of bias intimidation and cyberbullying of Rutgers University students. While attending law school, Risa interned for the Honorable Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, New York County Defender Services, and the National Football League.

Actively engaged in the legal community, Risa serves as a Trustee of Trial Attorneys of New Jersey and previously served as a Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association from 2013 to 2020. Involved in her alumni network, she interviews prospective students for the University of Pennsylvania. Risa enjoys running, reading, the New York Yankees, and the Oregon Ducks.


  • Interviewed, “Norris McLaughlin Adds Commercial Litigation Member,” Law360 Pulse, July 23, 2021
  • “Middlesex County Chancery Practice Manual,” 2017 Edition, Middlesex County Bar Association Chancery Practice Committee, November 2017
  • “Registration to Do Business In A State Is Not Enough to Establish General Jurisdiction Over A Law Firm,” LPL eAdvisory ABA Standing Committee on Professional Liability, November 2017
  • “While Standards Applied by Courts In Ethical Matters Differ to that of Civil Litigation, Collateral Estoppel Is Still Applicable to Challenges to the Same Issues In Complementary Ethical Civil Matters,” LPL eAdvisory ABA Standing Committee on Professional Liability, May 2017
  • “Law Firm Organized as LLP Has No Obligation To Maintain Professional Malpractice Insurance During Its Dissolution and Windup of Affairs,” LPL eAdvisory ABA Standing Committee on Professional Liability, July 2016
  • “Arbitrating Disputes Between Attorney and Client: Is This A Viable Alternative?,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, June 2016
  • “Update Corporate Statutes Make New Jersey More Attractive to Businesses,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, April 2014
  • “Advanced Mediation Training: Business Litigation,” Middlesex County Bar Association, Live Stream, July 22, 2021

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