Charles Scibetta

Founding Partner

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A “fantastic attorney.” (Who’s Who Legal).  A “great litigator.” (Chambers USA).

Charlie Scibetta is Chaffetz Lindsey’s managing partner, one of the firm’s founders, and a leader of the firm’s insurance disputes and general commercial litigation and arbitration practices. Charlie is recognized in legal industry publications as “an exceptional practitioner with substantial experience and insight” (Who’s Who Legal), and as simply “a great litigator” (Chambers USA).


For nearly 25 years, Charlie has represented sophisticated businesses in their high stakes commercial disputes. He practices across industries, representing banks, hedge funds, pharmaceutical companies, media companies, and other businesses in contract and business tort cases.

In addition, Charlie has a particular concentration in insurance and reinsurance disputes. He regularly handles high-severity coverage disputes across business lines, both in court and arbitration. He handles cases not only in New York. He is active across the US as pro hac vice counsel, and in arbitration venues nationally and internationally. Several of Charlie’s cases involve Bermuda Form or similar policies that are governed by New York law and call for arbitration outside the US.

Before launching Chaffetz Lindsey in 2009, Charlie was a litigation and arbitration partner in the New York office of Clifford Chance, a top-tier global law firm.

Charlie serves as a Board Member and member of the Development Committee of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI).

Representative Matters

  • Insurance/Arbitration. Following a 2-week arbitration, won an award in a $100 million-plus property damage and business interruption dispute.
  • Insurance/Arbitration. Following a 1-day hearing, won a $20 million dispute over coverage for liability for malicious prosecution claims under a municipal liability policy.
  • Insurance/Arbitration. Following a 3-week plenary hearing, successfully settled a 9-figure claim for products liability coverage prior to decision.
  • Insurance/Litigation. Following multiple weeks of mediation, successfully settled 9-figure claim for products liability coverage arising out of allegations of failure of an industrial product.
  • Insurance/Arbitration and Litigation. Currently handling multiple claim disputes in court and arbitration. Amounts in dispute range up to several hundred million USD.
  • General Commercial/Litigation. Defended multi-national media company in claims alleging breach of contract, theft of trade secrets.
  • Financial Services/Litigation. Defended Madoff feeder fund and one of its individual directors in state and federal contract, securities, and business tort litigation.
  • Financial Services/Litigation. Helped hedge fund recover millions of dollars held up in Lehman estate.
  • Financial Services/Litigation. Represented foreign regulator in connection with multi-million fraud claims in the US.
  • General Commercial/Arbitration. Won $100 million dispute on behalf of pharmaceutical company in dispute over co-development agreement.


Professional Affiliations



  • LL.M., Columbia Law School
  • J.D., Albany Law School summa cum laude (valedictorian)
  • B.A., SUNY at Buffalo

Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (current)
  • CAMBA (past)


Chambers USA

  • Band 3 for Dispute Resolution: Insurer – New York

Legal 500 USA

  • Honorable Mention

Who’s Who Legal

  • Expert in Insurance and Reinsurance


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