International Litigation and Arbitration

CASTAYBERT PLLC is experienced in handling complex international litigation and arbitration. The firm's lawyers have represented foreign clients and witnesses in cases in American state and federal courts and in arbitration matters, handling matters on behalf of French, English, Italian, Japanese, and Indian corporate and individual clients in the U.S., often with parallel proceedings pending in foreign jurisdictions. The firm is well acquainted with the rules of service of process, the discovery of documents, and the taking of witness testimony abroad, including the application of the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters. The firm’s lawyers have sought and obtained document discovery or witness testimony in England, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, among other places. The firm understands the potential effects and impact of EU, English, French, Luxembourg and Swiss labor, privacy and confidentiality laws on litigation in the United States. Our attorneys have first-hand experience handling international arbitrations under the rules and procedures of a variety of arbitration forums, including the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR) and the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). They have appeared before several of the leading and respected international arbitrators. The firm’s litigators have represented clients seeking and opposing discovery in the United States in aid of foreign proceedings and arbitrations and have extensive knowledge regarding the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards in the American courts. The firm's litigators also have considerable experience in American state and federal courts enforcing and challenging arbitration agreements and are fully familiar with federal and state arbitration acts and their application to international arbitration proceedings. In transactional situations, the firm advises contracting parties on international contract issues and provisions such as choice of law, jurisdiction, arbitration, and mediation provisions. As a result of their involvement in international litigations and in bar associations the firm’s lawyers have developed deep and extensive network of relationships with leading mediators, and practitioners in the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland, in particular. The firm's founder, André Castaybert, is fluent in French and is currently a member of the Commercial Arbitration & ADR Committee of the New York State Bar Association, and a former member of the New York City Bar Association's Committees on International Law and European Affairs.