Partners: Peter Chaffetz, David Lindsey, James Hosking, Charles Scibetta, Cecilia Moss, Andreas Frischknecht, Yasmine Lahlou, Sandy Litvack, Steven Reisberg, Aníbal Sabater, Steven Schwartz
Number of partners: 11
Number of other lawyers: 17
Chaffetz Lindsey LLP is a New York-based disputes boutique that provides first-tier commercial litigation and international arbitration advice and representation from a more economical and flexible platform. The firm is distinguished by the reputation and track record of its individual lawyers, its flexibility on fees, and its lack of conflicts. Chaffetz Lindsey can and does act against major businesses that many large firms will not oppose. The firm’s lawyers litigate in federal and state courts and across the US and regularly appear before the world’s major arbitration institutions. Chaffetz Lindsey’s international reach is unique for its size and single-office location.
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, insolvency and restructurings, patent and trademark infringement, and disputes arising from the 2008 financial crisis. The firm excels in cross-border litigation, including cases involving sovereigns, international discovery, enforcement of judgments/arbitration awards, and parallel proceedings.
The firm’s international arbitration team represents clients before the world’s major international arbitration tribunals, with disputes governed by ICC, SIAC, SCC, LCIA, ICSID, ICDR/AAA, 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 & 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 treaty claims. The firm’s current caseload includes arbitrations involving 22 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 developments in international arbitration.
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. Historically the team has had leading roles in most of the major issues that have driven litigation and arbitration in this 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 has a broad client base that includes major US and international companies involved in the energy, mining, infrastructure, construction, engineering, finance, pharmaceutical, insurance/reinsurance, manufacturing and media sectors, as well as sovereigns and state-owned entities.