Chaffetz Lindsey Promotes Gretta Walters to Partner and Ted DeBonis to Counsel
January 2022 – Chaffetz Lindsey is pleased to announce that Gretta Walters has been promoted to Partner and Ted DeBonis has been promoted to Counsel effective January 1, 2022.
“These well-earned promotions reflect the important contributions that Gretta and Ted have made to the growing success of our firm. They epitomize our commitment to client service, effective and efficient advocacy and collegiality,” according to Chaffetz Lindsey founding partner Peter Chaffetz.
Gretta focuses on international commercial arbitration and investor state disputes across industries including energy (with emphasis on renewables), construction, financial services and infrastructure. She has played a leading role in some of our firm’s biggest cases over the years, including recent victories involving such diverse subject matters as wind turbine blade technology, hydro dam construction and allegations of fraud in the automotive industry. Gretta is also a recognized leader in the international arbitration community – she was appointed to the Executive Board of the ICDR young practitioners group (ICDR Y&I), serves on CPR’s Y-ADR Steering Committee and 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. She is also Chair of the Board of the International Commercial Arbitration Law Alumni Association of Stockholm University, of which she was selected as Outstanding Alumni in 2019. Gretta is a frequent speaker, lecturer and author on pressing international arbitration issues. She is co-author of Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and Judgments in New York. Who’s Who Legal has recognized Gretta as one of the Most Highly Regarded Future Leaders in the Americas in their Arbitration Report for several years in a row.
According to founding partner and IA practice leader James Hosking, “Gretta is a brilliant lawyer and advocate. She provides stellar client service and has won over tribunals with her mastery of complex cases. In addition, she has taken the initiative to become an important leader and mentor within our firm and in the broader IA community. Gretta is an integral part of our diverse and expanding team. We look forward to her continued success.”
Gretta, who joined Chaffetz Lindsey in 2012 and was promoted to Counsel in 2018, earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law and her LL.M. in International Commercial Arbitration Law, from Stockholm University. She holds a B.A. in English and Government & Politics from University of Maryland.
Ted represents U.S. and international clients in complex litigation and arbitration across a range of industries, including banking and financial services, insurance, media and technology, and construction. Ted spent the month of October 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland as a key team member on a confidential Swiss arbitration that resulted in a decisive victory for Chaffetz Lindsey’s client. Ted’s clients recognize his leadership, intelligence and superb case management skills. A graduate of St. John’s University School of Law (J.D.) and Columbia University (B.A.), Ted began his career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP before joining Chaffetz Lindsey in 2011.
According to Chaffetz Lindsey’s managing partner Charles Scibetta, “Ted is a steady pillar in our firm and a trusted counselor for our clients. He has a wealth of experience, is exceptionally well-prepared and is a key contributor on our most complex disputes.”