Suman Chakraborty concentrates his practice in the resolution of domestic and international commercial disputes, with an emphasis on reinsurance and complex insurance litigation. His practice encompasses state and federal court litigation across the country, as well as arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

    Recognized by Chambers USA (Up-and Coming, 2017), The Legal 500 (2016) and The Expert Guides (Rising Star in both Litigation and Insurance, 2015-2017), Suman's practice is centered on identifying and addressing the business objectives of his clients. Based in New York, and having practiced in both London and Tokyo, he brings an awareness of the needs of transnational companies, as well as an understanding of his client’s commercial and industry challenges. His experience includes advising clients on a wide range of insurance and reinsurance matters including in the areas of insolvency, regulatory compliance, contract wording governmental investigations and disputes with managing agents.

    Suman currently serves as co-chair of the Board of Directors of the National LGBTQ Task Force and a member of the Board of Directors of FFR/Princeton BTGALA.

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    • Secured dismissal of RICO and other tort claims against a reinsurer and third party claims administrator by policyholder alleging interference in administration of policy. (S.D. Ohio)
    • Secured dismissal with prejudice of contract and tort claims against a third party claims administrator. (N.D. Indiana)
    • Acted on behalf of an insurer in claims against a managing agent for failure to turn over premium (Sup. Ct. N.Y.)
    • Represented a Middle Eastern government in post-award proceedings under the Canadian Arbitration Act.
    • Advised a Swiss reinsurer on recoveries under sponsored catastrophe bonds.
    • Represented Bermudian statutory liquidators in a malpractice suit against the American and Bermudian auditors of an insolvent captive.
    • Represented a Japanese company in parallel state court and ad hoc arbitration proceedings alleging fraud, breach of contract and misrepresentation by a managing general agent.

    Education

    • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2001
    • Princeton University, A.B., cum laude, 1997

    Admissions

    • District of Columbia, 2003
    • New York, 2002

    Courts

    • U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Columbia
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of New York
    • Recognized in Chambers USA 2018 in: New York - Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer as Up and Coming
    • Up and Coming (New York – Insurance), Chambers USA 2017
    • Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 2016
    • Rising Star, Insurance & Litigation, Expert Guide 2015, 2016 and 2017
    • Recognized, Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers, 2014
    • Recipient, International Trial Lawyers Advocacy Award for Excellence in Clinical Work, Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Center, 2001
    • Recipient, Harold Willis Dodds ‘14 Award, Princeton University, 1997

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    • Speaker, “Ultimate Dodgeball: How to Avoid Delaying Tactics by Arbitration Participants,” ARIAS•U.S. 2016 Fall Conference, New York, November 2016.
    • Contributor, Squire Patton Boggs Reinsurance Newsletter (quarterly since 2012).
    • Author, “Privilege in the Cedent-Reinsurer Relationship,” Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, April 2013.
    • Co-author, Strategies and Considerations for Using International Arbitration to Resolve Commercial Disputes, Strategies for International Arbitration, Aspatore Books, June 2012.
    • Co-author, Chapter on the United States in The International Arbitration Review, Law Business Research, 2d Ed. 2011.
    • Co-author, “US Could Have Lessons for UK on Issue of Warranties,” Insurance Day, March 26, 2010.
    • Co-author, “Reinsurance and Islamic Law: Arbitrating Disputes in the Retakaful World,” Mealey's Litigation Report: Reinsurance, August 21, 2009.
    • Co-author, “Exploring Latest Developments in the US and What They Hold for the UK and European Markets,” Daily & Lately, April 25, 2008.

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