December 2018 – Chaffetz Lindsey is pleased to announce that Erin Valentine and Gretta Walters have been promoted from Associate to Counsel effective January 1, 2019. Erin has also been named as the Head of Client Development, a new role at the firm where she will be responsible for developing client and intermediary relationships and creating new business opportunities.
Erin has been an Associate at Chaffetz Lindsey since May 2010 and has handled a variety of international arbitration, complex commercial litigation, and insurance coverage disputes during her tenure. She has represented individual and corporate clients as well as foreign sovereigns in U.S. courts and before arbitral tribunals. Prior to joining Chaffetz Lindsey, Erin was an associate with the International Justice Network. Admitted to practice in New York, Erin earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a James Wilson Scholar, Senior Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, and a recipient of the Blank Rome Alvin Ackerman Prize, Foreign Public Interest Scholarship and Pro Bono Service Recognition Award. She received her B.A. at the University of California, Irvine.
Peter Chaffetz, a founding partner of the firm, said, “Erin has been a great citizen of the firm who has made herself indispensable to a succession of our most important cases. Based on the following she has built among our clients, we thought it a great opportunity for her and for the firm to formalize her new client-development responsibilities as part of her practice.”
Gretta joined Chaffetz Lindsey as an Associate in June 2014. She has represented a diverse range of domestic and international clients in commercial and investment disputes in arbitration and state and federal courts. Prior to joining Chaffetz Lindsey, Gretta was an Associate at Mayer Brown, Legal Counsel at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and a Visiting Lecturer at Stockholm University. Gretta is Secretary of the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the New York City Bar and on the Global Advisory Board of the AAA/ICDR young practitioners group. She is an adjunct professor at New York University Law School, where she also co-coaches the Foreign Direct Investment and Vis International Commercial Arbitration moot court teams. Gretta regularly speaks at international arbitration-related conferences and co-authored the recently published Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and Judgments in New York (Kluwer 2018). She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2010, where she was the Articles Editor for the American University Law Review. She received her LL.M. in International Commercial Arbitration Law at Stockholm University in 2012 and graduated with a B.A., cum laude, from University of Maryland in 2005.
According to James Hosking, also a founding partner, “Gretta has become an integral part of the firm’s expanding international arbitration team. She’s a brilliant lawyer who has played a leading role in some of our most complex cases. We look forward to her continued success at the firm and as one of the growing number of top women arbitration lawyers in New York.”
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