Nicolas Swerdloff is a senior litigation partner and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He focuses on litigation and arbitration of complex business disputes, especially those international in nature. He has litigated disputes in federal and state courts throughout the US and before major arbitral institutions involving a wide range of substantive areas of law. He in particular concentrates on financial, license, joint-venture, securities, professional liability and sports disputes. Nick is ranked in Chambers and Partners, which reports that he is a “top-notch litigator; practical and efficient.”
Nick successfully represented Ernst & Young Hong Kong in a three-week arbitration hearing in which the panel found that the client had not been negligent and rejected a $500 million malpractice claim. He also led the defense of Alstom, the French conglomerate, in a succession of fraud and breach of warranty actions filed in federal and state courts in Florida, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages based on alleged deficiencies in the propulsion systems installed on luxury cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines, all of which ultimately settled on favorable terms. In addition, Nick prosecuted multiple actions on behalf of BNP Paribas and other clients in federal court in New York, resulting in judgments in the hundreds of millions of dollars against the Republic of Argentina based on one of the largest sovereign debt defaults in history. He represented the Central Bank of Paraguay in successfully recovering millions diverted from two Paraguayan banks in liquidation – a major victory in Paraguay’s efforts to address corruption.
Nick also served as a leader of the Firm’s team representing Lorillard Tobacco Co. as national coordinating counsel in smoking-and-health litigation throughout the country, including in thousands of cases in Florida.
He also serves as an arbitrator and is a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the ICDR and AAA.
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