CLE – The Nuts & Bolts of International Litigation
On Thursday, November 3rd, at the offices of Bilzin Sumberg a comprehensive CLE panel discussion was held on the nuts and bolts of international litigation. Moderated by Jose Ferrer, partner in Bilzin’s Litigation Group and Co-Chair of the International Group, our distinguished panelists were Donald J. Hayden a partner and team manager of the Disputes Resolution Team of Berger Singerman, Edward “Ed” Mullins a founding shareholder at Astigarraga Davis,, and Eduardo Palmer a sole practitioner and a former partner and Chair of the International Litigation and Arbitration Group at Steel Hector & Davis LLP.
It was a lively session with interaction between the panelists and the 50 people in attendance. Mr. Mullins kicked things off discussing U.S. Discovery in Aid of Foreign Proceedings, with a particular emphasis on 28 U.S.C. Section 1782, where he detailed the many ins-and-outs of the statute, and how parties can use it to their advantage to obtain discovery where otherwise it would normally not be available. Mr. Hayden then spoke about the nuances of international service of process, detailing the pitfalls of not being able to effect service, and the creative methods for avoiding such pitfalls, and discussed the interplay of service with courts’ expectation on timing and scheduling. Mr. Palmer focused on enforcing foreign judgments and provided a detailed drill-down on the applicable Florida Statute. The Hague Convention, the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory, the Inter-American Service Convention, and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were a constant frame of reference for all the panelists. The audience asked engaging questions which the panelists graciously responded to and debated.
We had a fantastic turnout and our hosts provided a fabulous setting for our Florida Bar approved CLE.
Thanks to our panelists, our host, and to all who attended!
- Category: CLEs
- Date: November 3, 2016