Louis M. Solomon
Louis M. Solomon, a senior trial lawyer, is the Chair of the Commercial and International Litigation Groups and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department. He is an internationally recognized practitioner on litigation issues affecting multinational companies operating across the globe. The Wall Street Journal has described his
- "long and distinguished career as a corporate litigator"
Chambers USA Guide to Leading Lawyers describes him as a:
- a trial lawyer with "immense" experience
- "particularly prized for his strong international litigation experience"
- "highly experienced trial lawyer handling cases in a wide range of areas, from antitrust to IP to international litigation"
- "specializ[ing] in pulling clients out of the fire"
- "ascribe this life-saving ability to his exceptional judgment when advising on risky business or regulatory situations"
- "just as good at crafting watertight settlements. No detail or potential future risk escapes him"
Lou's extensive international litigation experience has included litigations and arbitrations involving numerous EU countries, Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, as well as Romania, Russia and other former Soviet countries. His successful trial involving Argentine debt restructuring made new law in both the international and securities fields. Lou is the author of a renowned e-book, International Litigation: Topics and Trends, www.internationalpractice.org. His OneWorld international practice blog postings can be read several times weekly at blog.internationalpractice.org.
Lou has tried over 50 complex commercial cases before judges, juries, and arbitral or governmental bodies. Recently, he secured an important victory in the U.S. Federal Circuit Court on behalf of Real Estate Alliance Ltd. in a patent case involving more than 35 real estate industry defendants who allegedly infringed on the company's pioneer patent describing mapping methods for locating available real estate properties for sale, lease, or rental. In addition to his representation of financial institutions, he regularly represents leading companies, such as Andrx, AriZona Iced Tea, Bouygues S.A., Bristol-Myers Squibb, FIFA, Japan Tobacco, KFC, MOMA, the New York Jets, Overseas Shipholding Group, PepsiCo, U.K.'s Premier Football League, and W.R. Huff Companies. He has served as lead counsel for his clients in private and class action cases, as well as government and regulatory proceedings, including:
- Contract/Government Regulation: The development of Manhattan's West Side Stadium and the U.S.'s bid for the Olympics; separate litigation involving the Meadowlands football stadium
- Patent: Including trials involving the world's largest ethical pharmaceutical product; separate case involving on-line mapping in the real estate industry, including major Federal Circuit claim construction ruling; separate case involving telecom technology
- Antitrust: Involving the largest vitamins cartel ever; separate FTC proceeding involving pharmaceutical life cycle management; separate litigations under sections 1 and 2
- Breach of contract: Including successfully defending against $750 million damages claim against Forbes 20 company; separate representation at damages phase of trial over sale of bottling distribution routes
- Copyright: Involving the world's largest Internet site (Google/YouTube)
- License, development agreements, non-competes: Including successful multi-billion dollar arbitration involving one of the world's best-selling cancer products
- False advertising and unfair competition: Involving the largest bottled water and vitamin water products in the U.S. and the world, respectively, obtaining an unprecedented decision on preemption in nationwide class actions
- Insurance/Reinsurance: Including multiple trials securing hundreds of millions in coverage and ultimate resolution in excess of $1 billion
- Securities/Corporate Governance: Including SEC, FCPA, and internal investigations
- Corporate/Complex Commercial: Including $100+ million trial on indemnities for the sale of aircraft manufacturing facilities; separate financial services litigations; separate representation succeeding in upholding transfer restrictions in one of America's largest privately held companies
- Financial Services Litigation: Including disputes over complex financial products
- Art/Ownership/Replevin: Involving defense of a world-leading museum involving allegedly Nazi-looted German expressionist paintings -- successful dismissal affirmed by Second Circuit; separate litigation over the most famous Brancusi sculpture, Miss Pogany
Lou is also recognized as a leading practitioner by: Best Lawyers in America (Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation); Benchmark Litigation (Commercial Litigation), Lawdragon (500 Leading Lawyers in America, New Stars, New Worlds and Leading Lawyers in America); New York Super Lawyers; and Best of The U.S. Legal Directory (Best of Class: Commercial Litigation).
Lou writes and lectures extensively. Selected monographs, book and treatise chapters, articles are identified in Articles and Recent Press links. He is often quoted or featured in national and international broadcast and print media (see Recent Press), such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and National Public Radio. A recipient of the 2006 Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, he is former editor of, and contributor to, the "Law, Ethics, and Gender" column of the peer-reviewed Journal of Gender Medicine. Most recently, he was appointed to the Lawyers Committee of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).
Lou received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Yeshiva University and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.