International Dispute Resolution

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International Dispute Resolution – Ready to Win Your Case

Doing business internationally can be rewarding, but navigating complex legal systems and cultural differences can lead to disputes. Harris Sliwoski stands by your side when international conflicts arise.

Our global dispute resolution lawyers have a proven track record, having recovered hundreds of millions for clients in complex international cases.

We don’t just fight hard, we fight smart. We’ll explore all options to achieve the most favorable outcome for you. We’re experts in emerging markets and we  understand the cultural nuances that can impact your case.

Ready to protect your assets and resolve your international dispute?

Contact Harris Sliwoski today for a consultation.

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Make Harris Sliwoski Your International Dispute Ally

At Harris Sliwoski, we understand the immense potential and inherent complexities of international business ventures. We’ve guided countless clients towards success in unfamiliar legal territories, particularly in emerging market economies. However, even the most meticulously planned ventures can encounter unforeseen challenges.

Our team of seasoned professionals is committed to providing strategic guidance and unwavering support at every stage of the dispute resolution process. Whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation, we stand ready to advocate zealously and tirelessly on behalf of our clients and ensure their interests are protected.”

When disputes arise across borders, our international dispute resolution team is here to help you navigate the complexities and achieve the most favorable outcome.

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Comprehensive Dispute Resolution Strategies Tailored to Your Needs

We recognize that a “one size fits all” approach doesn’t apply in the realm of international disputes. Our team employs a nuanced approach, carefully assessing each case to determine the most effective strategy. Here’s an overview of the methods we utilize:

Negotiation: For parties seeking to preserve a business relationship, negotiation is often the most desirable option. Our skilled negotiators leverage their understanding of international business practices and cultural sensitivities to bridge communication gaps and to reach mutually beneficial solutions. This not only minimizes legal costs, but it can also foster a foundation for continued collaboration.

Mediation: In situations where direct negotiation proves challenging, mediation can be a valuable tool. A neutral third-party mediator facilitates discussions, guiding the parties towards a solution that addresses their underlying interests. We have mediated hundreds of cases both within and outside the United States.

Arbitration. When it comes to arbitration, our approach is rooted in thorough preparation and strategic advocacy. We work closely with our clients to understand their objectives and develop a compelling case strategy tailored to the nuances of the arbitration process. Our team has extensive experience navigating the rules and procedures of international arbitration forums, including the selection of arbitrators and the presentation of evidence.

Our team will guide you through the arbitration process, from drafting the arbitration agreement to selecting a neutral arbitrator and presenting your case effectively. We are adept at navigating the intricacies of international arbitration rules, ensuring your rights are protected throughout the proceedings. We have arbitrated cases in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Litigation. Our international litigation attorneys are known for their tenacity and skill in the courtroom. We meticulously research the applicable laws and regulations, gather compelling evidence, and craft persuasive arguments to present our clients’ cases effectively. Whether litigating in North, Central, or South America, Europe, Africa, or Asia, our goal is always the same: to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients through diligent preparation and relentless advocacy.

When negotiation, mediation, or arbitration are not viable options, our accomplished trial lawyers are prepared to fiercely advocate for you in court. We have extensive experience litigating complex international disputes in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Our team will meticulously research the applicable laws, gather compelling evidence, and develop a strategic litigation plan to maximize your chances of success. And when appropriate, we bring in trusted and known local counsel to ensure seamless navigation of the specific legal landscape.

Unparalleled Expertise in Emerging Markets

Harris Sliwoski stands out for our proven track record in handling international disputes involving emerging market companies and countries. Our lawyers possess a deep understanding of the unique legal, cultural, and political nuances that characterize the major developing economies in Asia and in Latin America. We are well-versed in navigating the complexities of often-evolving legal systems and bureaucratic procedures, ensuring your case is presented effectively within the specific context of the emerging market in question.

Beyond legal expertise, we recognize the profound impact cultural factors can have on international disputes. Our team comprises culturally astute lawyers who understand how communication styles, negotiation tactics, and even social norms can influence the course of a dispute. We leverage this sensitivity to tailor our approach, fostering trust and rapport with all parties involved.

Our team speaks a multitude of languages, including Cantonese, Catalan, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese. This fluency allows for seamless communication with clients and opposing parties from diverse backgrounds, ensuring a clear understanding of case details, and fostering a more collaborative dispute resolution process.

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A Proven Track Record of Success Across Industries

Our unwavering commitment to excellence has resulted in a successful resolution of hundreds of international disputes across a vast array of industries. Our clients consistently commend us for our strategic thinking, tenacious advocacy, and unwavering dedication to achieving their objectives. We don’t shy away from complex cases, and our track record speaks for itself.

Why Choose Harris Sliwoski for International Dispute Resolution?

  • Decades of Experience: We have a long and successful history of resolving international disputes, with a deep understanding of the nuances involved.
  • Global Reach: Our team boasts extensive experience working across borders, and we have established relationships with trusted legal partners worldwide.
  • Multilingual Capabilities: Our lawyers are fluent in Cantonese, Catalan, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese, ensuring seamless communication throughout the dispute resolution process.
  • Culturally Astute: We recognize the importance of cultural sensitivity in international disputes and tailor our approach accordingly.
  • Result-Oriented: Our unwavering focus is on achieving the most favorable outcome for our clients, be it through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation.

Contact Harris Sliwoski today to schedule a consultation and discuss your specific international dispute resolution needs.

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Representative Cases

When facing a complex international legal challenge, you need experienced and resourceful legal representation on your side. At Harris Sliwoski, our team has a distinguished track record of achieving exceptional outcomes for clients across diverse industries and jurisdictions. Here are just a few examples of how we’ve helped clients navigate international disputes:

  • Secured a multi-million dollar arbitration award in China on behalf of a large international school company.
  • Recovered nearly $40 million for a small country against a Chinese state-owned entity through successful mediation.
  • Negotiated a mutually beneficial resolution between an American company and its Colombian factory suppliers, avoiding litigation.
  • Successfully mediated a settlement between an American company and its Chinese supplier after initiating legal action.
  • Successfully represented American companies in international arbitrations in Switzerland, England, and China.
  • Recovered valuable assets for clients in challenging circumstances, such as helicopters from Papua New Guinea and seafood from China.
  • Secured favorable judgments and pre-judgment remedies for clients in U.S. and foreign courts, including freezing nearly $1 billion in assets for debt collection.
  • Successfully defended a foreign fishing vessel owner against U.S. government charges.
  • Achieved favorable outcomes for clients in complex immigration challenges and bankruptcy-related disputes.
  • Successfully represented a German company in a trademark infringement lawsuit in U.S. federal court.
  • Successfully represented a group of Ecuadorean plaintiffs in pursuing fraud claims against a U.S.-based education company.
  • Secured a federal court judgment on behalf of a Korean company against a U.S. company in a breach of contract action.
  • Secured a federal court ruling allowing alternative service methods for our client pursuing Chinese defendants.

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This law firm was a huge help as our company went through the process of commercial licensing in the California cannabis industry.  They have helped us with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while clearly communicating with us throughout the process.  Everyone we’ve worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field and we have always felt that we were in good hands through our legal representation.

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Legal stuff is always scary. And I’ve had to play offense a couple times, begrudgingly. To have Harris Sliwoski have my back? It made things a lot less prickly. They quickly walked me through my options, and were refreshingly consistent in their communications, timing and billing. I’ve been lucky to stay out of the legal side of things my whole career, thankfully. When things went a little wrong, Harris Sliwoski quickly made things right.

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I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

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I have been working with the lawyers at Harris Sliwoski for more than 20 years both as a business owner and as an executive at a large east-coast health system and that is because they have always efficiently provided high level and clear international law advice. Most recently, Harris Sliwoski provided legal support on many matters related to procuring medical products worldwide. Their support was particularly helpful to during the onset of COVID, when there was a big need for securing PPE quickly, all while navigating complicated international and domestic legal requirements. Harris Sliwoski’s team of international lawyers helped by conducting rapid-fire due diligence on potential suppliers, navigating the legal logistics for getting product from overseas and through U.S. customs, and drafting contracts to protect against various sorts of horribles. They did this by essentially providing what amounted to 24/7 service. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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Harris Sliwoski has represented our company in the legal cannabis industry for years. Harris Sliwoski has advised us in a wide variety of legal matters, and they are truly experts in their field. I would highly recommend Harris Sliwoski to anyone with questions about cannabis law, or any legal matters. They have been great for our Company, and will continue to guide us as our industry evolves

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You won’t find a better partner than Harris Sliwoski when trying to navigate the complex world of healthcare regulations.  They not only give sound and reliable legal advice, but they are also very responsive and are able to guide you in a way that helps you reach your business objectives as well.

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When we started the process of building a ‘seed to sale’ cannabis company in Oregon, we saw the need for expert legal counsel.  The cannabis sector is fraught with potential peril at every turn, and we wanted the best legal advice we could find.  After talking to several firms and individuals, we feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Harris Sliwoski as our legal counsel.

user icon Tony Theiss, CEO and Co-Founder Redbarn Cannabis 

We use Harris Sliwoski on all our international legal matters, including on our international litigation matters. We have over the last few years been involved in a couple big international legal disputes and Harris Sliwoski’s international dispute resolution team provided us with expert legal assistance on both matters. They were always very careful to explain to us what they were doing and why and what their actions would likely cost us in legal fees. Most importantly, we did extremely well on both cases and I have no doubt Harris Sliwoski was a big factor in that.

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We have used Harris Sliwoski for legal help related to our international manufacturing. The lawyers with whom I worked had extensive familiarity with the international legal issues involved in our various projects and offered us key insights. I particularly appreciated how they always quickly and efficiently do what they say they will do and always within their cost estimates.

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