Erin Valentine


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Where Advocacy Meets Business

Erin is a trusted advisor to individual and corporate clients in disputes in U.S. courts and before arbitral tribunals. She has managed complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, and international arbitrations in a diverse set of industries including insurance, construction, energy, entertainment, education, pharmaceuticals, and financial services.


Prior to joining Chaffetz Lindsey, Erin was legal counsel at the International Justice Network.  She represented individuals detained at the United States airbase in Bagram, Afghanistan in habeas proceedings in both district and appellate courts and advised family members of individuals detained by the United States.

Representative Matters

  • Representing multiple insurance companies in complex coverage disputes in New York state and federal court.
  • Representing a Swiss financial institution in a series of bankruptcy adversary proceedings.
  • Represented foreign sovereign in ICC arbitration against a private tertiary education provider.
  • Represented global reinsurer in Second Circuit Appeal, successfully overturning jury verdict.
  • Represented a Bermuda fund manager and individual directors in bankruptcy adversary proceedings, a shareholder class action, and fraud-related litigation.
  • Advised a global insurance company in coverage dispute valued at over $500M.
  • Represented a Chilean electrical engineering and construction company in an ICDR arbitration arising out of an engineering, procurement, and construction contract.
  • Represented a foreign sovereign’s central bank in federal district court and on appeal in a dispute over seized funds.
  • Advised an international energy company in arbitration and settlement negotiations.
  • Represented the Republic of Liberia in an ICSID arbitration concerning a dispute with a Canadian mining company.
  • Represented a global entertainment company in an ad hoc arbitration against a Mexican corporation and its directors resulting in a successful damages award.
  • Represented a Japanese insurance company in a fraud suit through trial in federal district court and on appeal.
  • Represented a supranational organization in an ad hoc arbitration seated in Singapore in a dispute over a construction contract.

Pro Bono

  • Representing clients in asylum and USCIS Section 13, adjustment of status proceedings.
  • Represented the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture as amicus curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court in Maqaleh v. Gates.
  • Represented the New York City Bar Association as amicus curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum.


Speaking Engagements

  • Adjunct Faculty in International Civil Litigation, Fordham University School of Law
  • Speaker, Budgeting for Arbitration: Hidden Costs and Savings Opportunities, ARIAS Fall Conference 2023
  • Co-Host, NYSBA International Civil Litigation Speakers Series, including panels on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Awards and Judgments in the United States, Inbound Cross Border Discovery, and Outbound Cross Border Discovery, New York State Bar Association, ComFed Committee, International Law Section, June 2022 – Present
  • Speaker, “Law Firm Management in the New Normal,” University of Pennsylvania Law School (March 2019, March 2020)
  • Speaker “On the Fast Track in US and International Arbitration.” CPR Annual Meeting (February 2020)
  • Debater, “The Current Systems in the US and UK Kill Access to Justice,” (London, Nov. 2019)
  • Guest Lecturer on Commercial Arbitration, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Professional Affiliations

  • New York City Bar Association, Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, International Law Co-Chair (2024-Present);
  • New York City Bar Association, Women in the Legal Profession Committee Member (2019-Present);
  • International Fraud Group, Member;
  • ArbitralWomen, Member;
  • American Bar Association, Fellow (2023-Present).



  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (James Wilson Scholar, Senior Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Blank Rome Alvin Ackerman Prize, Foreign Public Interest Scholarship, Pro Bono Service Recognition Award)
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine


  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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