Partners: Peter Chaffetz, David Lindsey, James Hosking, Charles Scibetta, Cecilia Moss, Andreas Frischknecht, Yasmine Lahlou, Alan Lipkin, Sandy Litvack, Caline Mouawad, Andrew Poplinger, Steven Reisberg, Aníbal Sabater, Steven Schwartz
Number of partners: 14 Number of other lawyers: 18
Chaffetz Lindsey is a premier litigation and international arbitration boutique. For over 10 years, it has helped clients find business-minded solutions where possible or win in arbitration or court if necessary. It provides the service, expertise and international experience clients expect from the largest firms, but from a smaller, client-friendly, New York City platform. Chaffetz Lindsey’s international reach is unique for its size and single-office location. In addition, the firm is distinguished by its flexibility on fees and lack of conflicts. Chaffetz Lindsey can and does act against major businesses that many large firms will not oppose.
Main Areas of Practice:
Chaffetz Lindsey has an active commercial litigation practice with significant trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts. The team represents companies in disputes involving complex commercial contracts, sales/licensing and distribution agreements, construction projects, patent and trademark infringement, and disputes arising from domestic and international crises. The firm excels in cross-border litigation, including cases involving sovereigns, international discovery, enforcement of judgments/arbitration awards, and parallel proceedings.
Chaffetz Lindsey is recognized as an international arbitration powerhouse. It represents clients in arbitrations administered by all of the major institutions and under all of the major arbitral rules, including HKIAC, ICC, ICDR, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, and UNCITRAL Rules. The team handles disputes in a variety of industries, with a particular expertise in energy, engineering & construction, financial services, insurance, infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, and pharmaceuticals. In addition to its broad commercial arbitration practice, Chaffetz Lindsey has expertise in public international law and currently represents investors and sovereigns in multiple treaty disputes.
The firm’s current caseload includes arbitrations involving more than 20 jurisdictions covering Asia, Continental Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East. In addition to being US-qualified, the team includes lawyers trained in both civil and common law systems who have practiced in Europe, Latin America, or Asia-Pacific and are fluent in several languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German and Mandarin. The firm’s lawyers are recognized thought leaders who regularly speak, teach, and publish on cuttingedge international arbitration issues.
Chaffetz Lindsey has one of the deepest insurance/ reinsurance practices in the market. The firm’s matters include a variety of coverage and allocation disputes, disputes over the interpretation of commutation provisions in long-term finite risk transactions, and reinsurance of financial guaranty policies. The team has had leading roles in most of the major issues that have driven litigation and arbitration in the market, including allocation and recoverability of asbestos and environmental claims, public nuisance disputes, surety disputes, late notice cases and a host of issues relating to insurance insolvency, including cut-through endorsements, rights of set-off, and disputes over arbitrability.
Chaffetz Lindsey recently expanded its services to include a bankruptcy practice, representing clients involved in bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings, and insolvency proceedings. The firm advises major creditors, shareholders, creditors and ad hoc committees, and other key parties in chapter 11 and debtors’ chapter 7 cases and out-of-court workouts. The firm also has substantial experience in insurance and bank insolvency matters and in addressing potential insolvency issues in structured finance and other complex transactions. Consistent with the team’s deep international network and experience, many of firm’s insolvency-related matters involve cross-border components and ancillary proceedings under chapter 15 of the bankruptcy code.