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Victor Ashrafi

Victor Ashrafi is Of Counsel with the Firm’s Commercial Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations Practices.

He joined Riker Danzig after serving for 20 years as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey in all divisions of that court and presiding over numerous jury and bench trials. Most recently, Judge Ashrafi served as a Judge of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

While on the bench, Judge Ashrafi rendered decisions in cases involving insurance coverage, products liability, environmental remediation, professional malpractice, construction, employment and discrimination disputes, zoning and land use matters, and other civil and criminal litigation.

His hands-on experience provides Judge Ashrafi with keen insights into the resolution of disputes between parties, making him an effective mediator and arbitrator in even the most complex of matters. He is also well-positioned to serve as special master and discovery master in complex cases.

In addition to his judicial experience, Judge Ashrafi served in the United States Attorney’s Office in Newark for 12 years, supervising all phases of federal criminal prosecutions as Chief of the Criminal Division and supervising federal criminal appeals as Chief of Appeals, positions he held during that time. This experience as a federal prosecutor adds depth to the Firm’s White Collar Criminal Practice, to which clients regularly turn for representation in connection with compliance issues, government investigations, and criminal matters.









Bar Admissions

New Jersey

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


Cornell University School of Law, J.D., 1980

Stanford University, Masters in Teaching, 1974

Amherst College, 1973

Rankings & Recognitions

Judge Ashrafi has been included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, in the Appellate Practice field.

See Awards and Honors Methodology.

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