Arlene Harris - Kaye Scholer LLP

Arlene Harris

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Arlene Harris is a member of the Private Clients Department and resident in the firm’s New York office. She has practiced for more than forty years and focuses on estate and trust litigation, and also practices in the area of estate and trust planning, probate and administration of estates and trusts, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements.


Arlene is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and the former Chair and a member of the OCA Advisory Committee on the Surrogate’s Courts. She is also a former member of the Surrogate’s Court Committee of the City Bar Association, the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, the New York City Estate Planning Council, and the UJA-Federation Trusts & Estates Specialty Group, which she also chaired. She has lectured frequently and is a former adjunct professor of law at St. John’s University School of Law. She is the former Chief Law Assistant of the New York County Surrogate’s Court, and a former Assistant Attorney General of the New York State Department of Law.

She has authored chapters on Probate and Administration for the Practical Skills and Forms treatise of the New York State Bar Association and chapters for the New York State Bar Association treatise on Probate and Administration of New York Estates.

Arlene has been recognized as a leading wealth management lawyer in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business every year since 2007.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
  • US District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York


    US Tax Court

New York University School of LawJ.D.

Office Location

250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019-9710
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates (Fiduciary Duties, Planning for Closely Held Businesses, Succession Planning, Trust Administration)