American Bar Association
Section of International Law: Transnational Legal Practice Committee

Section of International Law:
Transnational Legal Practice Committee

About the Committee

The committee reviews the various policy and practical issues affecting global cross-border legal practice. With respect to "inbound" services, the committee studies and encourages alternative methods to allow foreign lawyers to offer legal services in the U.S. With respect to "outbound" services, the committee investigates new ways in which foreign countries can deal with U.S. lawyers practicing in their jurisdictions. Additionally, the committee interacts with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives in its negotiations of treaty terms affecting cross-border legal services as well as with U.S. regulators to reduce obstacles to multijurisdictional practice.

Recent Events

Year-in-Review Report for 2015 is available!

Committee publications officer Laurel S. Terry, Professor of Law, Dickinson School of Law, Pennstate University, has prepared the Year-in-Review Report for 2015 which can be downloaded under Publication section on this page. The Article analyses recent developments in the US, initiatives taken by international organizations and relevant aspects in other countries, thus providing an excellent overview of the current state of the Transnational Legal Practice.

Dinner-Debate on International Practice Strategies

The Committee hosted a great event during the Annual Meeting in Boston, drawing in dozens of bar leaders and international lawyers from several continents. The event began with a Legal Walking Tour of downtown Boston, during which participants learned about some interesting sites of historical and modern significance to the legal profession.

The Dinner-Debate began with a rousing introduction by Fred Lipp of Bernstein Shur LLP (Portland Maine), who focused on how globalization is impacting the whole spectrum of clients, not just large multinationals. Fred was followed by Janis Nordstrom of Foley Lardner LLP, who accentuated the importance of trust and “the right fit” between lawyers and firms collaborating on behalf of their clients.

Round two was led by Abe Schear of Arnall Golden Gregory. Abe described his Firm’s success in acting as an entry point to investors in the US and their legal representatives, highlighting that formal alliances did not always permit the ideal matching of services with client needs. Hermann Knott then relayed the thoughts of Rob Millard of Venturis Consulting (a law firm strategy specialist), who unfortunately was unable to attend the event in person.

The Dinner-Debate concluded with round three, with Stephen Denyer highlighting the openness of the London legal market. Stephen pointed out the benefits of a regulatory regime which encourages innovation and flexibility in helping lawyers and law firms serve their clients’ cross-border needs. Jonathan Goldsmith echoed these sentiments in relation to the efforts of the European bar councils and law societies to promote liberalization of the legal practice and a pragmatic approach to cross-border lawyering.

All together the event was a great way for the Committee to close out a successful year and launch another year of exciting programming and involvement in the Section.

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Hayaux-Du-Tilly, Yves
Knott, Hermann


Hansen, Timothy
Nordstrom, Janis
Staal, Eric

Committee Roster  

Year-in-Review and Publications

Sites of Interest

Upcoming Committee Events

Committee Events

Future Forward: Change, Transformation and the Mid-Career Lawyer

April 14, 2016
At the Spring meeting in New York (The Grand Hyatt, April 12 to 16, 2016) on April 14, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm, the Committee will organize a program entitled Future Forward: Change, Transformation and the Mid-Career Lawyer.

Globalization, technology and disruptive change to the legal services marketplace are all transforming the environment in which lawyers are practicing, domestically and internationally. Should mid-career lawyers be concerned about these changes? Will their daily practices be the same three years from now? How can they prepare for the challenges of change? What other skills might they need to develop and deploy? What early lessons are available from the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services?

These topics will be discussed by a group of experts of which members of the ABA's Commission on the future of legal services will form part.

We are also already in the process of planning for the Fall Meeting in Tokyo (October 19 to 22, 2016) for which we have proposed sessions addressing the issues related to the expansion of Asian law firms and the move of international law firms into the region, both from a strategic and a regulatory point of view. We would also like to discuss the rise of Alternative Business Structures in the region.

Section Events

    The Use of Positive Deviance in Government Functionary Exortion Situations: Latest Results


    For the past 10 years, the ABA International Section has sponsored programs and workshops on the Positive Deviance Approach to ethically, successfully and safely secure from governments what rightfully belongs to our clients without submitting to government functionary extortion. More recently, the ABA ...

    India-United States Cross Border Investment 2.0.


    The event will be held on 02/18/2016 - 02/19/2016. The format is In-Person. The event sponsor(s) are Section of International Law. The event has 0.00 CLE Credits .

    Live from L: The Iran Nuclear Deal


    Cosponsored by the American Society of International Law and George Washington University Law School. In-person location: Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom of George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC Speakers:Mary McLeod Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of StateNewell L. Highsmith ...

Transnational Legal Practice News

Recent news on trasnational legal practice regulation and business

Modified by Dina Gracheva on February 1, 2016

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