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).

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.


For 25 years, Charlie Scibetta has represented sophisticated businesses in high stakes commercial litigation and arbitration. He practices across industries, and has represented banks, hedge funds, REITs, pharmaceutical companies, media companies, and other businesses in a wide variety of contract and business tort cases.

Charlie has a particular concentration in insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration. He handles high-severity coverage disputes across business lines. His recent cases include a two-week, nine-figure arbitration over business interruption coverage; a three-week, nine-figure arbitration over complex products liability coverage; and ongoing multi-party/multi-state litigations and arbitrations over various products, toxic tort, and environmental exposures. Several of Charlie’s cases involve Bermuda Form or similar policies governed by New York law with arbitration venued outside the US.

Charlie has extensive experience representing clients in both insurance and general commercial disputes arising out of financial crises including the Russian Financial Crisis, September 11, Lehman, Enron, Madoff, and Subprime. He has helped clients with the myriad issues that can arise in crises, including agency disputes between MGAs, MGUs, brokers, underwriters and their principals; securities disputes; complex valuation issues triggered in illiquid markets and declining economies (business interruption and lost profits, collateral disputes, etc.); and rescission based on fraud or misrepresentations revealed in downturns.

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

  • Dispute Resolution: Insurer – New York

Legal 500 USA

  • Honorable Mention

Who’s Who Legal

  • Global Leader in Insurance and Reinsurance

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