Our Origins and Mission
Our five founding partners are accomplished business trial and arbitration lawyers with more than 85 years of combined experience. Before Chaffetz Lindsey, we practiced together for more than 9 years at Clifford Chance, one of the world’s leading international law firms. Our name partners held significant leadership positions at Clifford Chance. From 2004 to 2008, Peter Chaffetz was global head of litigation and a member of the firm’s management committee. From 2000 through 2009, David Lindsey led the firm’s international arbitration practice in the Americas.
We formed Chaffetz Lindsey to address two factors that were making it difficult for us to serve our clients in the way we wanted: conflicts and costs.
Conflicts have always been a problem at large firms. That problem became dramatically worse following the economic downturn, as so many of the resulting disputes involved firm clients on both sides. We saw a need for a top-quality firm that did not have those conflicts.
Even before the downturn, the large firm cost and fee structures made it difficult for clients to hire us on small to medium sized cases. Today, our clients face relentless pressure to reduce legal expense, even on the largest cases. With low costs and no excess overhead, our new firm provides the value clients require.
In short, the Chaffetz Lindsey team delivers the same quality legal work as always, but with the freedom to serve a broader range of clients and the economics to help those clients with a broader range of their needs.