February 2019 – Sanford (Sandy) Litvack, a renowned trial lawyer and former general counsel and vice-chairman of the Walt Disney Company, has become a partner of Chaffetz Lindsey, a leading trial and arbitration boutique in New York.
“Sandy is a giant of the business trial bar who has also served with distinction both in government and in senior management at Disney. Our clients and our team will immediately benefit from his skill, experience and judgment,” said partner Peter Chaffetz. “We are honored that Sandy has chosen to continue his career with us.”
“Chaffetz Lindsey is precisely the kind of firm that I wanted to use when I was general counsel — a high quality litigation boutique that can handle any type of commercial litigation,” said Litvack. “I believe companies are looking for firms that are large enough to handle bigger corporate matters while being small enough to be able to do it effectively and efficiently. Chaffetz Lindsey is precisely that kind of firm, and I am excited to be joining it.”
A 1959 graduate of Georgetown University, Litvack served as an Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust under President Jimmy Carter. As a private practice trial lawyer he has won a broad variety of corporate cases before juries and judges, including antitrust, contract, copyright and trademark disputes. He is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.
In addition to his courtroom experience, Litvack also spent a decade at Disney, starting as general counsel in 1991 and rising to become chief of corporate operations and vice chairman of the board of directors. While there, he spearheaded the acquisition of ABC and ESPN and oversaw the restructuring of Euro Disney. He has served as a director of both Disney and Hewlett Packard. That experience has made him an invaluable strategic advisor to other boards and senior management.
Litvack was formerly senior counsel in the Litigation Practice at Hogan Lovells in New York.