Alston & Bird’s international litigation experience reaches from Austria to the People’s Republic of China—and beyond. The attorneys in our international litigation group have the skills, experience and contacts to assist clients with any adversarial matter, anywhere in the world. Frequently, we help our clients avoid litigation by carefully identifying and crafting pre-litigation preparation strategies or conducting risk-management assessments and regulatory compliance reviews. Our international litigation and arbitration experience includes complex U.S. and international cases, many of which present novel issues of U.S. and international law, such as:
- Hague Service Convention, Hague Discovery Convention and letters rogatory procedures;
- Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(k)(2) personal jurisdiction issues;
- navigating U.S. discovery burdens for non-U.S. clients whose documents and electronic data are subject to data privacy acts;
- U.S. regulatory investigations of non-U.S. clients;
- 28 U.S.C. 1782 discovery of U.S. information in aid of foreign litigation or arbitration;
- the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act;
- the Alien Tort Claims Act;
- Political Question and Act of State Doctrines;
- forum non conveniens; and
- pending parallel litigations in the United States and abroad, including anti-suit injunctions.
Members of our International Litigation Group have been recognized as leaders in the litigation arena, with many recognized by Super Lawyers or Chambers.
Bringing Value to Our Clients
The attorneys in Alston & Bird’s International Litigation Group enjoy working with our clients to resolve matters with international implications. International litigation often poses unusual cross-cultural challenges that lie outside the experience base of many law firms. Our attorneys are genuinely experienced in international matters and have strong relationships with a number of the best law firms in the world. Interacting with clients and international co-counsel to reach efficient and optimal solutions in all cross-border matters, and to assure our clients’ satisfaction, are integral to the high-quality and effective representation clients will receive from Alston & Bird.
- Defended a foreign national bank from a suit alleging expropriation and RICO offenses and claiming $4.8 billion in damages; suit was dismissed by the district court and dismissal was affirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Represented a U.S. entity in commercial litigation against a major Asian telecommunications company, including obtaining a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction and winning judgment on the pleadings on breach of contract claims.
- Represented a Canadian estate in obtaining the return of an iconic masterpiece from an internationally renowned national gallery.
- Represented a major German truck manufacturer in litigation in Oregon, winning an $850 million jury verdict.
- Defended a foreign, quasi-governmental corporation in a commercial dispute involving the refining of high-purity gold.
- Defended a foreign national bank from a petition for turnover on Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act grounds.
- Defended a major Korean engineering and construction company in an action on a guaranty brought in New York State Supreme Court, where the plaintiff sought more than $100 million in damages.
- Bringing and defending against petitions to obtain evidence in the United States for use in foreign proceedings via 28 U.S.C. § 1782 (including bringing and defending against motions to quash the subpoenas issued as a result of the petitions) in circuit courts in the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits.
- Obtaining evidence abroad, including taking depositions and obtaining documents in many jurisdictions, including Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Turkey, Russia, China, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Australia.