Andrew Poplinger


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Where Advocacy Meets Business

Clients value Drew for his intense concentration, creativity and enthusiasm.  He is a consummate common law lawyer with a real mastery of contract law principles.  He has become a mainstay of the firm’s reinsurance and international arbitration practices.


In the past 12+ years, Drew has acted for clients in cases before state and federal courts, and domestic and international arbitration tribunals under the AAA, JAMS, ICDR, ICC, ARIAS and ad hoc rules. His measured approach focuses on presenting reasonable, credible arguments that emphasize the equities of the case. His cases focus on insurance and reinsurance, energy and infrastructure projects, construction, banking and finance, judgment and arbitral award enforcement, and corporate governance and partnership law. In addition, he frequently handles cases involving foreign governments arising under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) and advises foreign liquidators in cross-border matters related to foreign liquidation and insolvency proceedings.

Before joining Chaffetz Lindsey, Drew clerked for the Honorable Richard K. Eaton of the United States Court of International Trade.

Representative Matters

  • Representing international insurance company in federal lawsuit concerning facultative reinsurance coverage for environmental liabilities.
  • Representing Brazilian construction company in ICC arbitration concerning disputes over the construction of offshore oil production vessels.
  • Representing Spanish construction companies in dispute with foreign government over public works project in Central America.
  • Representing international insurance company in arbitration with medical device company over coverage for products liability claims.
  • Representing foreign sovereign in arbitral award enforcement proceeding in federal court.
  • Obtained dismissal of federal lawsuit against international technology company seeking substantial damages for allegedly underpaid software royalties.
  • Won substantial recovery for a Brazilian construction company in ICC arbitration concerning delays and cost overruns in the construction of an offshore oil production unit.
  • Obtained dismissal of federal lawsuit against foreign state seeking to recover possession of Pablo Picasso painting Madame Soler.
  • Successfully defended international ceding company against rescission of reinsurance treaties covering mortgage insurance policies in the wake of the financial crisis.
  • Won full relief for reinsurer in arbitration concerning sports-disability coverage for Major League Baseball players.
  • Obtained dismissal of federal lawsuit against foreign sovereign seeking possession of several valuable paintings by Max Beckmann, Juan Gris and Paul Klee.
  • Won summary adjudication in favor of ceding company in arbitration concerning reinsurance recoveries under excess of loss treaties.
  • Obtained substantial award and favorable settlement for international insurance company in related arbitrations concerning reinsurance recoveries for long term environmental losses.
  • Secured favorable settlement for Bermudan liquidators in disputes concerning debtor’s shares in U.S.-based ethanol companies.
  • Advised Hong Kong Scheme Administrators in connection with claims valuation and indemnity claims relating to ongoing U.S. litigation.
  • Obtained a favorable award for the general partner of a power generation facility in AAA arbitration with limited partners concerning partner distributions and tax liabilities.
  • Won dismissal of claims against the Singapore Housing Authority under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
  • Advised Bahamian liquidators in connection with the valuation of claims against Chinese state-owned construction company relating to the development of luxury resort.
  • Obtained dismissal in favor of Turkish holding company in action seeking enforcement of a $1 billion foreign arbitral award.
  • Won favorable arbitration award for investment fund terminating its management agreement with an international hotel operator for mismanagement of a luxury hotel.


Speaking Engagements

  • “Enforcement and Recognition of Foreign Judgments and Insolvencies: Global Perspectives” 2018 Asset Recovery Americas Conference, Panelist.
  • Recent case developments in insurance and reinsurance at 2018 ARIAS U.S. Spring Conference, Panelist (May 2018).



  • J.D., Albany Law School summa cum laude
  • B.A. and M.A., State University of New York at Albany

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade


Legal 500 USA

  • 2018 and 2019 “Next Generation Attorney” for Advice to Insurers

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