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Suman Chakraborty

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SChakraborty@mintz.com

+1.212.692.6739

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Suman is an industry-recognized first-chair litigator with two decades of experience advocating for major insurers and reinsurers in high value arbitrations, and in state and federal court litigation across the country. Collaborative and client-focused, Suman develops dispute resolution strategies tailored to his clients’ business objectives. He leverages his deep industry experience and knowledge to serve as both a determined litigator and a trusted advisor, helping his clients navigate and resolve the full range of risks they face. 

Suman’s disputes practice confronts a broad range of issues affecting his clients in both the life and property and casualty industries. In the life insurance area, Suman serves as lead trial counsel to several of the largest national life insurance companies in their disputes with reinsurers.  In the property and casualty field, Suman serves as lead national counsel for a third-party claims administrator and affiliated reinsurer in the defense of tort and contract actions relating to long-tail asbestos and environmental claims.

For several years, Chambers USA has listed Suman as a leading attorney in its insurer-side disputes rankings, identifying him as a leader in the industry who is “rapidly building a substantial profile” and someone who “has developed a near-actuary level of understanding of the complex actuarial issues involved” in life reinsurance disputes. Clients have noted that “his true strength is strategy, allowing him to anticipate arguments and to play the game several steps ahead of his adversaries.”  His surging reputation has also been recognized in Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, and Expert Guides.

Suman also devotes his time to serving his community through both pro bono efforts and board service. He currently sits on the Board of the Stonewall Community Foundation and the MCC Theater, one of New York’s leading off-Broadway theater companies.  He previously served as Co-chair of the Board of Directors of the National LGBTQ Task Force, the country’s oldest national advocacy organization, and also sat on the board of its political action fund.

Suman is an industry-recognized first-chair litigator with two decades of experience advocating for major insurers and reinsurers in high value arbitrations, and in state and federal court litigation across the country. Collaborative and client-focused, Suman develops dispute resolution strategies tailored to his clients’ business objectives. He leverages his deep industry experience and knowledge to serve as both a determined litigator and a trusted advisor, helping his clients navigate and resolve the full range of risks they face. 

Experience

  • Advised life retrocessionaire on implications of reinsurer rehabilitation proceedings in the Court of Chancery, Delaware.
  • Represented reinsurer in cession of COVID-related claims to workers’ compensation treaty
  • Served as first chair trial counsel to leading life insurance company in several reinsurance arbitrations related to YRT reinsurance agreements.
  • Advised life retrocessionaire on implications of reinsurer rehabilitation proceedings in the Court of Chancery, Delaware.
  • Represented reinsurer in cession of COVID-related claims to workers’ compensation treaty.
  • Secured summary judgment for retrocessionnaire in dispute related to the allocation of claims across underlying policy years.
  • Secured dismissal of RICO and other tort claims asserted by a policyholder against a reinsurer and third-party claims administrator.
  • Secured dismissal with prejudice of contract and tort claims against a third-party claims administrator.
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News & Press

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Benchmark Litigation has recognized 13 Mintz Members as “Litigation Stars” in its newly released 2023 guide to the leading litigation firms and lawyers in the U.S.
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Mintz continues its ongoing commitment to ensuring the firm is an equitable workplace, establishing a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee that reports directly to the firm's main decision making body, the Policy Committee. The new Equity Advisory Council (EAC) will be responsible for driving equity for the firm’s attorneys, especially women, attorneys of color and LGBTQ+ attorneys.
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The New York Law Journal highlighted the arrival of Jason Vigna as a Member in Mintz’s Securities Litigation Practice in New York. The article also included commentary from Managing Member Bob Bodian on the firm’s sixth consecutive year of revenue gains and the additions of four litigators in the firm’s New York office over the last year, including Members Courtney Rockett, Jeremy Vest, Suman Chakraborty, and Douglas Baumstein.
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Law360 highlighted the arrival of a team of five leading litigators to Mintz's nationally renowned Insurance and Reinsurance Practice. 
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Group of Five Attorneys Bring Extensive Experience Handling Insurance and Reinsurance Matters
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An article published by The American Lawyer highlighted the arrival of a team of five leading litigators to Mintz's nationally renowned Insurance and Reinsurance Practice. 
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Events & Speaking

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Nov
4
2022

Do Ethics Matter in Arbitration?

ARIAS US Fall Conference

New York, NY

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Sep
24
2019

Regional Roundtable: Life Reinsurance Arbitration

Association of Life Insurance Counsel

Atlanta, GA

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Suman is an industry-recognized first-chair litigator with two decades of experience advocating for major insurers and reinsurers in high value arbitrations, and in state and federal court litigation across the country. Collaborative and client-focused, Suman develops dispute resolution strategies tailored to his clients’ business objectives. He leverages his deep industry experience and knowledge to serve as both a determined litigator and a trusted advisor, helping his clients navigate and resolve the full range of risks they face. 

Recognition & Awards

  • Chambers USA: Dispute Resolution: Insurer in New York (2017 – 2022)
  • The Legal 500: Recommended Lawyer (2016, 2018 – 2021)
  • Benchmark Litigation (2019-2023)
  • Expert Guide: Insurance and Litigation (2015 – 2020)
  • Who’s Who of Insurance and Reinsurance (2019-2022)
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Suman is an industry-recognized first-chair litigator with two decades of experience advocating for major insurers and reinsurers in high value arbitrations, and in state and federal court litigation across the country. Collaborative and client-focused, Suman develops dispute resolution strategies tailored to his clients’ business objectives. He leverages his deep industry experience and knowledge to serve as both a determined litigator and a trusted advisor, helping his clients navigate and resolve the full range of risks they face. 

Involvement

  • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Member, Asian American Bar Association of New York
  • Member, Society of Actuaries (Reinsurance Section)
  • Member, ARIAS-US
  • Board Member, Stonewall Community Foundation
  • Board Member, Manhattan Class Company Theater
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Suman Chakraborty

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New York