Ariel Kapoano represents clients in complex environmental, toxic tort, contract, and consumer fraud litigation matters. She has experience in all aspects of litigation including factual investigation, discovery management, motions practice, and trial. Ariel has extensive experience briefing issues under CERCLA, and also advises clients on obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and environmental laws and regulations.
Ariel has experience in New Jersey and New York trial courts as well as various US federal courts, including the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on the representation of unaccompanied immigrant children. Ariel received the Princeton oﬃce's Pro Bono Service Award in 2019 in recognition of her work.
While attending law school, Ariel received the Vanderbilt Medal for distinguished contributions to the School of Law and served as articles editor on the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. She also served on the boards of NYU Law Women and NYU Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
Represents a US Department of Energy contractor against occupational toxic exposure claims.
Represents a telecommunications company in multiple groundwater contamination litigations involving state and EPA site cleanups.
Represents a national chemical manufacturing company against claims under CERCLA and state environmental laws stemming from WWII-era production.
Represents an international e-commerce company in multiple Department of Labor investigations concerning alleged health and safety violations in distribution facilities throughout North America.
Counsels a consumer products company on remedial obligations relating to multiple Superfund sites in New Jersey.
Represented a real estate development company in CERCLA cost-recovery litigation against the United States for contamination stemming from munitions production in Cranbury, NJ.
Represented an electronics manufacturer in a case asserting multiple state and federal law claims (including claims for cost recovery under CERCLA) related to alleged 1,4-dioxane contamination in drinking water from historical manufacturing operations in the area.
Represented national water purveyor in putative class action in the Southern District of New York alleging violations of New York General Business Law § 349, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, negligence, and fraud.
Represented an international ecommerce company in New Jersey commercial dispute alleging breach of contract, breach of implied contract, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
New York University School of Law, 2014, J.D., Robert McKay Scholar
Rutgers University, 2011, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Awards and Affiliations
Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Kids in Need of Defense (2020)
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division