Kira S. Dabby, Esq., is a partner at the firm and concentrates her practice in municipal law, governmental defense litigation, and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Dabby has broad litigation, trial and arbitration experience in matters of public entity liability, natural resource damages, products liability, consumer fraud, mortgage fraud, reinsurance, defamation, fraud, and complex business disputes. Ms. Dabby also advises government entities with respect to Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and Open Public Records Act (OPRA) compliance, wastewater treatment, solid waste, and in all aspects of public contracting.
Prior to joining Archer, Ms. Dabby worked for ten years at Latham & Watkins LLP, where she defended and counseled corporate clients in the professional service, chemical, insurance and food industries. Representative clients include The Dow Chemical Company, Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), Union Carbide Corporation, and one of the Big 4 accounting firms. Ms. Dabby had a lead role in defending one of the first natural resource damage actions to go to trial in the United States, which resulted in a complete defense victory at trial that was affirmed on appeal. At Archer, Ms. Dabby continues to defend and counsel clients on natural resource damage claims, particularly with regard to contamination from downstream petroleum operations.
Ms. Dabby earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. While at Harvard Law School, Ms. Dabby was appointed to the Board of Student Advisors and was President of the Jewish Law Students Association.
Ms. Dabby served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Justice Virginia Long, Associate Justice (Ret.) of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Ms. Dabby is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey, State of New York, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Professional And Community Involvement
- Trustee, Freehold Township Education Foundation
- Member, University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Committee
Ms. Dabby is committed to pro bono work. She spearheaded an effort to assist Holocaust survivors with obtaining reparations under the Ghetto Work Payment Program. In conjunction with this endeavor, Ms. Dabby trained other attorneys and successfully assisted numerous survivors with reparations claims. She has also assisted victims of domestic violence in state court and represented families pursuing their rights under special education legislation.
Awards And Recognition
- Recognized in the Super Lawyers in New Jersey survey as a “Rising Star” in 2011, 2012, and 2013