Litigants outside the United States may be able to use the U.S. discovery process as a powerful tool to gather U.S. evidence in foreign legal proceedings. Under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. §1782, parties to foreign lawsuits may obtain financial records, witness statements, depositions and other information located in the United States. Join Victor Muskin, principal at Muskin Law Offices, and Thomas Vandenabeele, a partner at Kellner Herlihy Getty & Friedman LLP, to discuss the evolution of 28 U.S.C. §1782, its jurisdictional limitations, its requirements for gaining access to U.S. discovery, how U.S. counsel can help to effectively satisfy its requirements and how best to handle challenges from discovery targets.
Thomas Vandenabeele. Born and raised in France, Thomas represents French businesses and individuals in complex international commercial litigation in the U.S. His practice focuses on bank fraud, money laundering, investigations and hidden asset recovery as well as obtaining recognition and enforcement of foreign money judgments in New York. Thomas was part of a team that obtained a $264 million judgment in a high profile matter that alleged assets were stolen using a web of offshore entities and accounts. He is the president of the French American Bar Association and serves as General Counsel of the French Consulate General in New York.
Victor Muskin. Victor’s international litigation practice centers around multijurisdictional client representation. He assembled and coordinated the legal team that handled U.S. aspects of a complex French/U.S. estate litigation. He currently represents a French banking institution in U.S.-related cases including a Madoff-related litigation matter in the New York Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. For the past decade, he has worked extensively on estate and other cases as U.S. corresponding counsel for one of the oldest Russian law firms in Moscow. Victor also lectures on cross-border discovery. He is a Vice-President of the American Foreign Law Association, a director of the French-American Bar Association’s New York Chapter and a member of the International Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Location: Zoom Event
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM Presentation and Q&A
Cost: Free Registration:
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