Firm Profile > Chaffetz Lindsey LLP > New York, United States

Chaffetz Lindsey LLP
1700 Broadway, 33rd Floor
New York, NY USA 10019
United States

Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 3

New York-based Chaffetz Lindsey LLP is an insurance litigation boutique. The practice has handled coverage litigation relating to asbestos, environmental, financial guaranty, workers’ compensation, and insolvency matters, including cases against liquidators and cut-through endorsement claims by policyholders. Charles Scibetta and Cecilia Moss advised AIG on coverage litigation stemming from three underlying lawsuits alleging that Getty and others are liable for contaminating groundwater in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. On the reinsurance side, Peter Chaffetz and Steven Schwartz acted as appellate counsel to a reinsurer in a pending appeal of a $66m jury verdict concerning allocation of asbestos losses. In addition, the team has extensive experience in disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions of insurance companies.

Practice head(s):

Peter Chaffetz; Cecilia Moss; Steven Schwartz; Charles Scibetta

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Poplinger

Key clients


Allianz/Fireman’s Fund

Zurich Insurance Company, North America

Great American Insurance Company


Sun Life Financial

Trisura International Insurance (formerly Imagine International Insurance)


International arbitration Tier 3

A decade following its establishment, New York-based dispute resolution boutique Chaffetz Lindsey LLP enjoys a very strong reputation in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, having acted in arbitrations seated in more than 20 jurisdictions. Team members are multilingual (fluent particularly in Spanish and Portuguese), and are trained both in civil and common law jurisdictions. Among the firm's leading figures, Aníbal Sabater typically focuses on matters involving Latin America; name partner David Lindsey advises a number of large Brazilian construction clients; and Yasmine Lahlou stands out for her recent work in the construction sector. James Hosking leads the department and is a name to note for emergency arbitrator proceedings. Further, Caline Mouawad's arrival from King & Spalding LLP in December 2019 is a boost to the firm's ability to assist clients with arbitrations conducted in French.

Practice head(s):

James Hosking

Other key lawyers:


Chaffetz Lindsey is a unique firm as it is a boutique, with advantages which a boutique firm can offer in terms of arrangements, but which is still fully capable to provide excellent legal representation with an experienced team of lawyers. We particularly appreciate the partners’ involvement in the case.

We work with James Hosking and Yasmine Lahlou. Both are excellent and smart lawyers who can effectively advise us at each stage of the case. The written pleadings were concise and clear. They kept up with internal deadlines and delivered internal drafts on time. They are highly involved in the case, easily approachable, and flexible to our needs.

Key clients



International Investment Group / IIG TOF B.V. / Trade Finance Trust

The AES Corporation



Construtora Queiroz Galvão S.A. (CQG)

QGI Oil & Gas Inc.

Czech Republic

Government of the Cook Islands


Republic of Liberia

Società Esecuzione Lavori Idraulici, S.p.A.


HCC Insurance International Company

Cartesian Capital Group

Tvitec System S.L.



Government of Afghanistan

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > International arbitration Tier 3

David Lindsey and James Hosking jointly head the ten-partner team at dispute resolution boutique Chaffetz Lindsey LLP which boasts particular experience in commercial arbitration. The firm also handles investor-state disputes, acting for both sovereign states and corporate companies. In recent highlights, Hosking defended a mining company in an indemnification claim arising from the sale of assets, and advised the Costa Rican subsidiary of a multinational energy company in an ICC arbitration relating to an EPC contract. The 'diligent and analyticalAníbal Sabater is handling a steady flow of construction disputes and is representing Albacora in a claim against Ecuador for arbitrary taxation measures imposed within a free trade zone, while Lindsey and Yasmine Lahlou are handling an UNCITRAL arbitration arising out of a joint operating agreement related to an offshore oil field in Brazil.

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
Commercial litigation:
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.

International arbitration: 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.

Insurance/reinsurance: 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.

Clients: 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.

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Founding Partner Peter Chaffetz 212 257 6961
Founding Partner James Hosking 212 257 6963
Founding Partner Cecilia Moss 212 257 6964
Founding Partner Charles Scibetta 212 257 6962
Partner Aníbal Sabater 212 257 6945
Photo Name Position Profile
 Peter Chaffetz  photo Peter Chaffetz
 James Hosking  photo James Hosking
 Yasmine Lahlou photo Yasmine Lahlou
 David Lindsey  photo David Lindsey
 Cecilia Moss  photo Cecilia Moss
 Andrew Poplinger  photo Andrew Poplinger
 Aníbal  Sabater  photo Aníbal  Sabater
 Steven Schwartz  photo Steven Schwartz
 Charles Scibetta  photo Charles Scibetta
Chinese (Mandarin)