Practice Areas


Attorneys at Sperduto Thompson have over twenty years of experience in international litigation and arbitration. The firm has represented a diverse group of clients and has resolved legal issues in matters involving France, Russia, Ukraine, Great Britain, India, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, the Marshall Islands, the Bahamas, Israel, and Argentina.

  • The firm represented a large European multinational corporation in an action seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages pursuant to federal and state law for the costs of environmental remediation. This representation involves the application of English, French and German law to issues concerning jurisdiction, discovery, corporate distinctions and viability, as well as enforcement of judgments.

  • The firm successfully defended a Ukrainian citizen and a Bahamian International Business Company in litigation brought by a Parisian resident. The claim involved an alleged agreement concerning commissions pursuant to a contract to purchase heavy agricultural equipment by the Republic of Ukraine from a major U.S. manufacturer, with financing backed by OPIC guarantees.

  • We represented former partners of an Indian Internet start-up that eventually sold for more than $50 million. One of the primary issues in the matter involved the application of Indian and New York law to oral agreements. Discovery, including depositions, occurred in New York, Washington, Mumbai and New Delhi.

  • The firm represented a Marshall Islands ship registry and its principals and worked with a former American ambassador in resolving disputes concerning the purchase of that company by a Liberian ship registry.

  • We counseled an Indian pharmaceutical company with respect to the impact of Indian law on its formation and capitalization of an American subsidiary, its agreements with executives of that subsidiary, and numerous applications for appropriate U.S. regulatory approval.

  • We represented the minority shareholders of a U.S. biomedical company in their successful takeover of the company that involved legal questions surrounding Canadian regulatory approval of a personal HIV test.

  • We counseled a Singapore aerospace technology company with respect to its efforts to protect information deemed proprietary under Singapore law from disclosure to its competitors and its protest of government contract awards to competitors.

  • We represented an exporter of distilled spirits in various matters concerning intellectual property, including Russian enforcement of American trade and service marks.

  • The firm represented a French vineyard against an American importer in an action for breach of a distributor agreement that involved a question as to appropriate damages based on the exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the Euro.

  • For U.S. manufacturers and technology companies, we have an in-depth understanding of the requirements for export of sensitive technology under the Commerce Department’s EAR and the export of USML articles and services under the State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

One of the areas of particular interest to international litigants is the ability to obtain discovery in the United States for use in foreign litigation and arbitration. In Intel Corporation v. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., 542 U.S. 241 (2004), the Supreme Court recently reinvigorated the international discovery provision in 28 U.S.C. § 1782 and expanded possibilities for international litigants to obtain such discovery. Mr. Sperduto and Mr. Rauch recently authored an article on the impact of the Intel decision with respect to the reach of 28 U.S.C. § 1782.








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