Alison Arden Besunder is the principal attorney of Arden Besunder P.C., which she founded in 2009 after a decade practicing law in the New York office of a national law firm. Alison provides legal services to private clients and small businesses in the areas of Trusts and Estate Planning, Elder Law, Estate Litigation, Commercial Litigatoin, Guardianship, Intellectual Property, and Business Succession Planning.
In 2019, Alison joined Goetz Fitzpatrick as Of Counsel. She brings extensive experience counseling clients on matters ranging from the simple to complex, helping them prevent future disputes through proactive planning and to resolve disputes that proceed to litigation. She is a frequent speaker on topics such as Estate Planning During Divorce, End of Life Decision Making, Cyber-Security for Lawyers, Social Media and Ethics, and Social Media and Ethics.
Prior to founding Arden Besunder P.C., Alison was a commercial litigation partner at a national law firm, where she represented large fashion companies in their fight against counterfeits of their trademarks and copyrights. Her previous employment includes working with the Grievance Committee of the Second and Eleventh Judicial Districts, as well as a prominent First Amendment lawyer protecting small entertainment businesses affected by the change in New York City's zoning laws during the Giuliani administration.
In 2019, Alison was selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list. Starting in Spring 2020, she will serve as an adjunct professor of Estate Planning at Columbia Law School. Alison serves on the New York State Bar Association’s Artificial Intelligence subcommittee, as well as the board of the American Camp Association, Tri-State.
Trusts and Estate Planning, Elder Law, Estate Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Guardianship, Intellectual Property
Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
SUNY Buffalo, B.A.
Second Circuit Court of Appeals
US District Court, Eastern District of New York
US District Court, Southern District of New York
United States Supreme Court
Member, New York State Bar Association Technology Committee (2017-present)
Former Co-Chair, New York State Bar Association, Special Task Force on Privacy Law (2009-2011)
Member, New York City Bar Association, Committee on Professional Discipline (2016)
Former Member, NYSBA Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law (2007-2009)
Former Member, New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals (2009-2013)
Member, NYSBA, Trusts and Estates Section and Practice and Ethics Subcommittee
Member, NYSBA, Elder Law Section
Member, NYSBA, Intellectual Property Section
Member, Brooklyn Bar Association
Editor, Trademark Reporter, 2007