Lawrence Friedman’s practice focuses on international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration, in such fields as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, international banking, and marketing and licensing agreements, and on disputes concerning intellectual property infringement and misappropriation. He has extensive experience in multijurisdictional litigation and arbitration.

In prominent, ongoing international engagements, Larry defended the Russian Federation in arbitrations brought by the former majority shareholders of Yukos Oil Company under the Energy Charter Treaty, and is currently defending Crédit Lyonnais, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank and National Westminster Bank in seven separate lawsuits in New York and Washington, D.C., federal courts against claims under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act that the banks are responsible for acts of international terrorism because of transactions they processed on behalf of clients.

Larry joined the firm in 1983 and became a partner in 1991.

Notable Experience

Litigation—International and Domestic

  • Ahlstrom in a joint venture dispute that spawned parallel proceedings in New York, Stockholm and Helsinki.

  • Bank of America in defeating the attempt by the Lehman Brothers estate to thwart the bank’s sale of its interest in the Archstone real estate investment trust.

  • Boris Berezovsky in successfully prosecuting a libel claim against Forbes magazine in a London court.

  • Members of the Crédit Agricole Group in extensive litigation arising from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. 

  • Crédit Lyonnais in highly complex and politically sensitive criminal and regulatory investigations and parallel civil litigation involving the Executive Life Insurance Company.

  • Gucci Group in parallel lawsuits in New York, Germany and Italy against Gucci’s worldwide licensee for fragrances.

  • Sanofi-Aventis in lawsuits concerning an environmental liability agreement with Rhodia S.A. and a dispute with two European shareholders of Rhodia. 

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International Arbitration

  • Aventis CropScience in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration concerning the enforceability of a divestiture-related non-competition clause under European Community law.

  • A telecommunications arm of the Orascom family of companies in a London Court of International Arbitration proceeding arising out of a tax indemnity dispute.

  • GlaxoSmithKline in an ICC arbitration relating to a product distribution agreement in Taiwan.

  • Nortel Networks in an ICC arbitration relating to the grey market importation of telephone equipment.

  • Several American claimants in disputes with Iranian government agencies before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague.

  • The Carlyle Group in winning the right to force a buyout of Carlyle’s investment in a Chinese retail venture.

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Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Citigroup in a software-related trade secret misappropriation case. 

  • Ducati in a motorcycle naming rights case.

  • Ferrari in winning a trial verdict for trade dress infringement against a manufacturer of “kit car” replicas of Ferrari automobiles, which was affirmed on appeal.

  • The Guggenheim Museum in New York in winning the summary dismissal of a copyright infringement claim based upon a fair use defense. 

  • J. Crew in a patent infringement lawsuit concerning the operation of the company’s retail website. 

  • People’s United Bank in defeating challenges to the use of People’s United’s name in Massachusetts by other banks with the word “peoples” in their names.

  • Ricoh Company of Japan in several patent infringement lawsuits, winning trial verdicts for Ricoh in patent infringement lawsuits relating to photocopier technology.

  • The Heisman Trophy Trust in winning preliminary and permanent injunctions against a seller of t-shirts that infringe the “Heisman” trademark.

  • Young & Rubicam in a copyright infringement lawsuit concerning Chinese television commercials for toothpaste.

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Selected Activities

  • Inaugural Chair, International Commercial Dispute Resolution Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Former Secretary, Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Legal Profession, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

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