Louis M. Solomon
Lou Solomon, whose profile is set forth below, gratefully acknowledges the help of Yujia Feng, a 2016 summer associate at Greenberg Traurig, for her help in researching current topics for portions of this e-book.
Louis M. Solomon, a senior trial lawyer, is the Global Co-Head, International Litigation at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. He is an internationally recognized practitioner on litigation issues affecting multinational companies operating across the globe.
Lou has tried over 50 complex commercial cases before judges, juries, and arbitral or governmental tribunals. Described by Chambers Guide to Leading Lawyers as “particularly prized for his strong international litigation experience,” Lou is among a small group of lawyers who maintains a practice that includes an intense focus on the litigation of international disputes and alternate means of resolving international controversies, such as international arbitrations. He is experienced in the often special issues, challenges, and opportunities that arise in matters affecting controversies touching multiple sovereign jurisdictions, providing clients doing business within and across national borders with the perspective required to successfully protect their interests.
He advises clients in all types of complex international commercial and business controversies, including those relating to leading multinationals, sovereigns, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. These controversies include jurisdictional, procedural, and substantive issues that arise in multijurisdictional and transnational civil and commercial disputes. This extensive experience has included litigations and arbitrations involving numerous EU countries, Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, as well as Romania, Russia, and other former Soviet countries. His successful trial involving Argentine debt restructuring made new law in both the international and securities fields.
A significant portion of his practice also involves counseling and advocacy outside the courtroom, through arbitration, mediation, and, in advocacy before regulatory and government agencies and officials. In this regard, our litigators act as counsel, as well as arbitrators and mediators, under many of the major arbitration conventions and rules.
In addition to working with clients to resolve disputes in and out of the courts, Lou assists clients in employing preventative measures, such as structuring corporate-wide strategic and cost-efficient arbitration/dispute resolution programs as well as in drafting arbitration clauses for particular international commercial contracts.
Among his international litigation work are proceedings:
- in the U.S. and in Argentina on behalf of creditors in multinational proceedings in a precedent-setting ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit involving the reach of forum selection clauses
- representing one of the world’s leading museums in a lawsuit by the heirs of Weimar-era artist George Grosz to recover three of his works.
- concerning the reach of the U.S. securities laws in the context of contested non-U.S. restructuring proceedings. Here we made new law in the area of how should the securities laws be interpreted.
- on behalf of a world-leading manufacturer of beverage products in breach of contract and tort claims in the U.S. as well as in numerous other countries.
- litigation and parallel enforcement proceedings involving international chip/mass storage company.
- involving the courts of the U.S. and Peru, including three precedent-setting decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals concerning “comity”
- concerning 28 U.S.C. Section 1782, including seminal case in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- concerning a Chinese client involving a rare-mineral mine in South Africa.
- concerning the reach of U.S. copyright laws to non-U.S. claimants, as well as the remedies available in such cases.
- regarding forum non conveniens decision concerning claims under federal law (securities, RICO) by non-U.S. claimants in U.S. courts.
His international arbitrations include representation of:
- a multinational manufacturing corporation in arbitration before a three-member AAA panel involving environmental liabilities stemming from sale of chemical manufacturing business.
- one of the largest publicly traded fuel tanker companies in the world, in successfully resolving commercial disputes before a maritime arbitration panel involving a non-U.S. ship builder.
- a life and annuity reinsurance company operating in North America, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region in arbitration involving the reinsurance of annuity products.
- holders of U.S. and European patents in confidential arbitrations trials for patent infringements under the rules of the World Intellectual Property Organization.
- a Belgium-based international financial institution in prosecuting arbitration claims against a state-owned Indonesian insurance company before a Singapore International Arbitration Center panel.
- a leading mutual life insurance company in arbitration before a three-member panel arising out of the termination of its CEO and claims of breach of fiduciary duty, self-dealing and other misconduct.
In addition to his international work, Lou has served as lead counsel for clients in private and class action cases, as well as government and regulatory proceedings, in a wide range of substantive areas, including complex commercial contracts; government regulation; patent and copyright; antitrust and false advertising; insurance and reinsurance, corporate and securities, financial services, and art.
He is recognized as a leading practitioner by: Chambers Guide to Leading Lawyers; Best Lawyers in America; LawDragon (500 Leading Lawyers in America, New Stars, New Worlds and Leading Lawyers in America); New York Super Lawyers; and Best of The U.S. Legal Directory (Best of Class: Commercial Litigation).
Lou also writes and lectures extensively. In addition to authoring monographs, books and treatise chapters, and articles, he is often quoted or featured in national and international broadcast and print media, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and National Public Radio. A recipient of the 2006 Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, he is former editor of, and contributor to, the “Law, Ethics, and Gender” column of the peer-reviewed Journal of Gender Medicine. Most recently, he was appointed to the Lawyers Committee of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).
Lou received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Yeshiva University and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.