Cecilia Froelich Moss

Founding Partner

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Where Advocacy Meets Business

According to Who’s Who Legal 2020, Cia Moss is “noted for her superb understanding of complex contractual disputes.”

For the past 25 years, Cia Moss has handled high-stakes litigation and arbitrations involving insurance, reinsurance, renewable energy, oil and gas, financial services, pharmaceutical, and other sectors.  Cia Moss turns complicated commercial and financial contract disputes into clear, persuasive advocacy.


Cia has extensive experience taking a case through discovery to a merits hearing or trial. Her understanding of the business goals behind the contracts in dispute helps her shape trial narratives and find successful settlements. In addition, her tireless witness preparation ensures there are no surprises at depositions or trials.

One of Chaffetz Lindsey’s founding partners, Cia previously practiced at Clifford Chance and Chadbourne & Parke.

Representative Matters

  • Representing Spanish and Mexican entities in an ICC arbitration seated in Mexico City arising out of disputes between the owner and balance of plant contractor/turbine supplier on a wind project.
  • Representing ceding company in confidential arbitration to collect reinsurer’s share of settlement of claim on underlying ­­­­D&O policy.
  • Successfully represented developer and manufacturer of wind energy turbines in ICDR-administered arbitration with wind farm owner regarding alleged product defects.
  • Representing insurer in coverage litigation over policy holder’s alleged MTBE contamination in New York and New Jersey state court.
  • Obtained dismissal of the enforcement of $2.8 billion arbitration award against Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in New York federal court.
  • Obtained summary judgment for ceding company in confidential arbitration to collect reinsurer’s share of settlement of claim on underlying professional liability policy.
  • Obtained summary judgment based on statute of limitations and waiver in confidential reinsurance arbitration.
  • Obtained dismissal in Southern District of New York and subsequent affirmance in Second Circuit of policyholders’ claim against Zurich American Insurance Company for alleged breach of contract and breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing arising out of its settlement with an additional insured.
  • Obtained an order compelling arbitration of a dispute over millions of dollars owed to Lexington Insurance Company under a facultative reinsurance agreement.
  • Represented a leading Brazilian private equity firm in an ICC arbitration seated in Sao Paulo against international financial institutions arising out of breaches of finance restructuring agreements (and in parallel proceedings in U.S. federal court).
  • Achieved a favorable settlement for an offshore bank in its FINRA arbitration with a Wall Street broker-dealer over losses caused by a rogue trader’s unsuitable investments.
  • Represented one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies in ICDR arbitrations concerning a license and asset purchase agreement and a manufacturing agreement.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Arbitrator Disclosures-How is the System Working,” ARIAS Spring Conference, (November 2023).
  • “Client Engagement Strategies for a Post-Covid Era” 2021 IBA Group Members’ Leadership Summit (June 2021).
  • “May It Please the Panel: Best Practices and Considerations for Counsel Submissions in Arbitration,” ARIAS-U.S. Fall Conference (November 2021).
  • Hacking Privileged and Confidential Information,” ARIAS-U.S. Spring Conference (May 2019).
  • ARIAS-U.S. Spring Conference, Co-Chair (May 2018).
  • “Responding to Extreme Losses in the New Normal,” ARIAS-U.S. Spring Conference (May 2018).
  • “Conflicts of Interest Issues for In-House Counsel Who Manage Outside Counsel,” Chaffetz Lindsey LLP Client Presentation (September 2017).
  • The Importance of Creating Your Personal Brand,” ARIAS-U.S. Women’s Networking Session at ARIAS-U.S. Spring Conference (May 2017).
  • “Comparative Ethics: Lessons to be Learned from Other Arbitration Regimes,” ARIAS-U.S. Fall Conference (November 2016).
  • “Scope of Panel Authority,” ARIAS US Arbitrators Seminar (November 2015).
  • “The use of experts and the propriety of awards for costs in reinsurance arbitrations,” ARIAS Arbitrators Seminar (March 2013).

Professional Affiliations



  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law
  • B.A., Princeton University

Bar Admissions

  • New York State
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


Chambers USA

  • Band 3 for Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer – New York

Legal 500 USA

  • Recommended Individual for Insurance: Advice to Insurers

Who’s Who Legal USA

  • Global Leader in Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Thought Leader in Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Expert in Insurance & Reinsurance

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