Shahriar (Shah) Raafi joined Caplin & Drysdale as an Associate in the firm’s Complex Litigation and Bankruptcy practice groups in 2021. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Raafi practiced commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense at an international law firm in New York City.


Mr. Raafi represents individuals, corporations, and nonprofits in all aspects of litigation at both the state and federal levels. His practice centers around complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on bankruptcy litigation. In particular, Mr. Raafi works to protect the rights and interests of creditors, tort claimants, and official creditors’ committees in mass tort bankruptcies.


Mr. Raafi earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. In 2019, he spent six months as a housing extern at Brooklyn Legal Services representing low-income tenants in Kings County Housing Court.  During law school, Mr. Raafi served as Articles Editor for both the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law and the Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law. As a member of Berkeley’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, he was part of a team that published an investigative report on the Los Angeles Human Trafficking Bureau. Mr. Raafi also interned at the Criminal Defense Practice of the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn.

Admissions & Education

Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2017

B.A., City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2014


Recognitions & Noteworthy

Honors & Recognitions
  • Marvin Frankel Pro Bono Award, 2018, 2019
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Civil Procedure and Criminal Law, 2014

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Professional Activities

Member, Caplin & Drysdale’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee  

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