Lance Gotthoffer, Of Counsel
Contact: lgotthoffer@chaitmanllp.com

Rated "One of the Top Attorneys in New York, 2015."

Forbes called him “one of our nation’s top litigators.” And for over 40 years,  Lance Gotthoffer has been responsible for some of   the largest, high visibility commercial litigations in the United States Courts.  These include representing the successful defendant-supplier in the landmark vertical price fixing case of Business Electronics Corp. v. Sharp Electronics Corp., and representing Sharp Corporation and Sharp Electronics Corp. in the decade long landmark horizontal price fixing case of the Japanese Electronic Products Litigation, both in the United States Supreme Court. 

He was also lead counsel for a consortium of major banks in their decade-long suits against Chase, Ernst & Young and other defendants arising from the failed Arochem loan financing (in its time, the largest bank fraud in U.S. history), and argued to the Second Circuit the only successful appeals arising from those cases.  He has been lead trial counsel for the Zamias real estate interests in a multi-million dollar suit brought against them by Goldman Sachs; for the defendant in the month-long billion dollar trade secret trial of Gould Inc., v. Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co., Ltd..  He  recently tried–and won–a well-publicized $120 million “money laundering case” brought against the Bank of Cyprus in the New York State Supreme Court, and secured an appellate court victory that defined, for the first time, the term “in kind” in the context of a hedge fund redemption.    

Lance was also lead litigation counsel for the myriad of claims arising from the receiverships of the J. Ezra Merkin-managed Ariel and Gabriel hedge funds, two of the largest “feeder funds” for Bernard L. Madoff.  He was instrumental in forcing the Madoff Trustee to drop almost $300 million in claims against these funds and argued the first “clawback” case asserted by the Madoff Trustee against a hedge fund.

Prior to forming Chaitman LLP, Lance was a litigation partner at three other international law firms.  He has also been an adjunct professor of media law at Monmouth University.



Of Counsel, BECKER & POLIAKOFF LP, New York, New York 2012-2015

Partner, REED SMITH, LLP, New York, New York 2002 – 2012

Partner, OPPENHEIMER WOLFF & DONNELLY LLP, New York, New York 1994-2002

Partner, MARKS & MURASE, New York, New York
1977-1994 (Head of Litigation Dep’t., 1988 – 94)

MUDGE ROSE GUTHRIE & ALEXANDER, Associate - New York, NY 1974-1977


J.D., May 1974 (highest honors)

B.A. in Government, May 1971 (highest honors)


JPMADOFF: The Unholy Alliance Between America’s Biggest Bank and America’s Biggest Crook (with Helen Chaitman) (2014)

“ADR FOR CEOS: What General Counses Need to Know about Drafting Arbitration Provisions in Contracts”, Kindle (2012)

“Location, Location:  Use Forum Selection Agreements to Ensure Fair Trials,” GE Early Warning, December 1, 2003.

"Alternative Billing Arrangements in Patent Litigation" Vol. X-4, International Legal Strategy (April 15, 2001)

"New York Federal Court Denies Dismissal of Participant's Claim Against Agent Despite Contractual Disclaimers and Fraud of Borrowers" (Bank Brussels Lambert v Chase Manhattan Bank N.A.), 10 Lender Liability Report No. 7 (January 1997).

Co-author "Uncivil Conduct in Depositions," 2 N.Y. Litigator No. 2 at 29-37 (November 1996).

"Business Electronics Corporation v. Sharp - Resale Price Maintenance" before the American Bar Association Annual Meeting

"Will Competition Survive Sharp?" Los Angeles Daily Journal, June, 1988


U.S. Supreme Court, 1987; U.S. Court of International Trade, 1986; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth Circuits and Eleventh; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1975; New York State Bar, 1975.