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Ludwig & Robinson and its lawyers have broad experience in assisting  foreign clients with matters and disputes in the United States, as well as U.S. and foreign clients in various world markets, enabling the firm to coordinate with attorneys in other countries or to recommend local counsel to its clients on the basis of prior working relationships around the globe.

German Affiliate

Ludwig & Robinson is affiliated with Kümmerlein, Simon & Partner, a highly regarded mid-sized law firm in Essen, Germany.  Kümmerlein possesses recognized experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate, banking, tax, antitrust, nuclear energy, administrative and international law, as well as in commercial, insurance, intellectual property, products liability and telecommunications.  Kümmerlein has long-established relationships with several large German multinationals, and assists clients doing business throughout the European Union, the Americas, the Pacific Rim and elsewhere.

International Counseling and Litigation

The firm has extensive experience assisting clients doing business in established and emerging markets in all major regions of the world.

Europe / Germany:  L&R represents clients in commercial litigation and business matters in Germany and throughout the European Union.  With Kümmerlein, its German affiliate, the firm is particularly well equipped to provide advice and assistance on questions involving German and European Union law.

Asia / China:  L&R assists U.S. companies that have investments and joint ventures in China.  L&R also represents Chinese clients doing business and litigating disputes in the United States.

Russia / Former Soviet Republics:  L&R has advised clients engaged in exports to and investment in Russia and other former Soviet republics, including the structuring of business operations in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. L&R also has advised Russian-American clients doing business in the U.S., particularly those active in high technology.

Middle East:  L&R has counseled Kuwait Airways and other Middle Eastern clients in aviation, business and employment matters in Germany and the United States, and represents other clients such as the American University of Kuwait with trademark registrations and infringement litigation.  

Africa:  L&R has represented Air Afrique and other African clients in aviation and commercial litigation in the United States.

South America:  L&R has counseled U.S. clients on litigation matters in Argentina and elsewhere in South America, and represented Brazilian clients in U.S. litigation. 

International Trade

The firm also counsels and assists clients with customs, export and foreign asset control matters and proceedings before the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, State, and Treasury.  

Representative Experience

  • Represented Kenyan bank auditor turned whistleblower in appeals before D.C. Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court, which asked the U.S. Solicitor General’s views on L&R’s cert. petition that unravels the long-hidden meaning at the heart of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: Odhiambo v. Republic of Kenya, 764 F.3d 31 (D.C. Cir. 2014), directing Solicitor Gen’l briefing, 136 S. Ct. 290 (2015), cert. denied, 136 S. Ct. 2504(2016).

  • Representing American University of Kuwait in pending trademark infringement action

  • BiotechPharma, LLC v. W.H.P.M., Inc., et al. (E.D. Va. 2012): represented Egyptian-American biotechnology firm in obtaining settlement of trade secret and patent litigation against Chinese manufacturer and related U.S. entities   

  • Representing banking, insurance, and corporate clients in fraudulent international electronic funds transfers and bank account takeovers arising from malware attacks by Russian, Ukrainian and other international crime organizations  

  • Served as expert witness in defense of federal prosecution for international money-laundering

  • Represented German graphics software developer in response to USPTO action refusing its pro se application for U.S. registration

  • Digipat, Inc., et al. v. Tempus IP, LLC, et al. (Va. 2009): co-counsel for French information technology firm in trade secret case against former employee and British competitor   

  • Hentiq 3343 (Pty) Ltd., et al. v. Qbit, LLC, et al. (D.C. 2009): represented South African licensees and investors in obtaining settlement against U.S. technology company arising from data compression software claims     

  • Orient Mineral Co., et al. v. Bank of China, 506 F.3d 980 (10th Cir. 2007): represented U.S. mining company and Chinese joint venture in suit for improper funds transfers under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

  • Zhang v. NationsBank, et al. (D.D.C. 2007): represented Chinese scientist/entrepreneur in reinstituted suit against bank and Chinese conspirators, recovering loss from unauthorized international wires  

  • Sadia, S.A. v. Merck & Co., Inc., et al. (D.N.J. 2006): represented Brazilian multinational food producer in multi-million dollar claims against U.S. suppliers

  • Represented insurer in investigating and defending $2 million fidelity coverage claim alleging business losses at German subsidiary

  • National Union Fire Ins. Co. v. Barclays Bank, PLC, et al. (2004): represented AIG in claim against overseas depositary and U.S. intermediary banks upon altered check, obtaining pre-litigation settlement

  • Travelers Cas. & Surety Co. v. Fleet Nat'l Bank, et al. (S.D.N.Y. 2003): represented Travelers in obtaining settlement against drawee, intermediary and depositary banks in action involving  large altered check deposited in Europe   

  • MK Technology Trading, Inc. v. Belcan Engineering Group, Inc. (E.D. Ky. 2002): settled $5 million fraud claim on eve of trial against engineering firm for misrepresenting qualifications to do feasibility study for purchase of privatized steel plant in Hungary

  • Evergreen Bank v. Nassauische Sparkasse (Wiesbaden, Germany 2000): represented AIG in settlement of cross-border claim against German depositary for large altered check stolen by Nigerian check theft ring

  • Knab v. Republic of Georgia, et al., 1998 U.S. Dist. Lexis 8820 (D.D.C. 1998): represented estate of Brazilian teenager killed in drunk-driving crash of diplomat in world-publicized wrongful death/product liability case, brought under Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

  • Represented Lufthansa in obtaining release from U.S. Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, of frozen funds relating to over-flight charges in Serbia

  • Defended Hartford Fire Ins. Co. against various U.S. Customs claims for forfeiture under customs bonds