Ronald Sokol :
In January Mr. Sokol argued a case before the Family Court in Aix-en-Provence. A decision has not yet been rendered.
In the first three months of the year Mr. Sokol chose counsel in Maryland for a Paris-based French client with a complex child custody issue. He worked with American counsel and his client’s Paris based counsel to a successful conclusion in the Maryland courts.
In March the World Organization of Animal Health held a three day Veterinary Legislative Support Program at its headquarters in Paris. Mr. Sokol was invited to lecture veterinarians and lawyers from around the world. The subject of his lecture was “Some Observations on Common Law vs. Civil Law”.
In May he addressed the Anglo-American Group of Provence and students from the Institute of American Universities in Aix-en-Provence on “Freedom of Speech – Does It Exist?”
Olivia Lischetti :
Février : A participé au séminaire organisé par la Délégation des Barreaux de France (DBF) et l'Académie de Droit Européen (ERA) sur les instruments européens en matière de justice civile / conflit de lois a Bruxelles (Belgique).
Avril : Préparation de l'International Legal English Cambridge, formation dispensée par l'école des avocats du Sud-Est.
Mai : Participation à une mission d'observation internationale du procès dit « KCK » (mise ne cause d'avocats kurde et turc en raison de l'exercice de leur profession) pour le syndicat des avocats de France, à Istanbul- Turquie.
Ronald Sokol :
In 2014 Mr. Sokol made numerous trips to Lebanon on behalf of a client who was owed money by a Lebanese national. Granted a power of attorney by the debtor Mr. Sokol obtained for his client over a million dollars negotiating and completing the sale of Lebanese real property owned by the debtor.
In October he published an op-ed in the International New York Times – “Air France and Taft-Hartley”.
In November he was admitted as a Registered Foreign Lawyer with a right of access to the courts in England and Wales. He also joined his son Daniel Sokol as a member of the Inner Temple in London.
Throughout most of the year he acted for a French client in negotiating and completing a multimillion dollar acquisition in a bakery in the United States.
He also completed the formalities and tax return for the American heirs of a deceased American client who left property in France.
He continued to be involved in what the English call a “big money” divorce case that unfolding in the courts of both England and France. He has been handling the French side of the divorce and custody and worked with the solicitors and barrister on the English side.
Olivia Lischetti :
Mai : A obtenu gain de cause sur toutes ses demandes dans le cadre d'un dossier de succession internationale concernant l'Iran, les États-Unis et la France.
Octobre : Est présente au Congrès de l'Union International des Avocats à Florence
12 décembre : Donne une conférence dans le cadre des Hivernales de la formation avec le professeur agrégé Vincent Egea, professeur de droit international privé et droit civil à l'université de Toulon, Co-directeur de Pôle Trans Europe Experts et membre de la société de législation comparée sur le thème « Le novo droit international des obligations (Bruxelles I bis) » à l'hôtel Negresco à Nice.
Ronald Sokol :
In June Mr. Sokol defended an American in a divorce suit in Brevard County, Florida brought by his French wife. Mr. Sokol made the closing argument to the court which in its decision adopted all of his arguments denying the wife alimony, legal fees and a share of the husband’s government pension and retirement funds.
Mr. Sokol has brought two civil suits and a criminal suit to assist American, French and Turkish clients to recover assets fraudulently taken from an elderly relative living in the south of France.
Mr. Sokol is defending an American wife in a divorce suit against her French husband involving financial issues, custody of the two children and the right to move with the children from France to England. The French court in its initial decision granted custody to the wife and authorized her to move with the children to London.
Olivia Lischetti :
June: She received the Jules Sauteron de Séranon Prize for the most meritorious lawyer among those in their first four years at the bar.
March: She was a member of the delegation of French Lawyers (Syndicat des Avocats de France) sent to Turkey to act as international observers at the trial of Kurd lawyers
Mr. Sokol reached a large settlement for his French clients in a personal injury suit brought in Los Angeles after defeating the defendant’s forum non conveniens argument.
Mr. Sokol assisted New York and Paris counsel in defending an American employee in an unlawful dismissal case arising in Paris but involving litigation in both France and New York. The case was settled on terms acceptable to the employee.
Mr. Sokol continues to represent several American not for profit foundations operating in the South of France.
Mr. Sokol obtained a favorable judgment for a French client in a complex inheritance case before the Court of appeal of Toulouse involving an American trust and estates in both France and the United States.
Mr. Sokol assisted a dual French-American citizen in renouncing his American nationality.
Mr. Sokol assisted a British client of Middle Eastern origin and an Ivory Coast client in clarifying their status on Interpol’s red list.
Mr. Sokol was active in assisting in-house counsel of a major petrochemical company in French proceedings involving environmental damage.
The list below gives a sampling of the activities of the Sokol Law Firm in the first quarter of 2010.
Litigation: Mr. Sokol argued a case before the Court of Appeals of Aix-en-Provence involving the right of an American mother to return to the United States with her children following a divorce from her French husband. A decision is pending.
The firm has filed suit for an American wife in a divorce proceeding in the trial court in Aix-en-Provence involving spousal support, visitation rights, custody of two small children, and the possibility of returning to the United States to live. The initial conciliation order was favorable to the wife.
The firm is defending an Italian husband in a divorce proceeding begun in Aix-en-Provence by his English wife, again involving issues of spousal support, visitation rights, and custody of two small children. The initial court order was favorable to the husband.
Together with counsel in Marseille and counsel in San Francisco, Mr. Sokol is acting for two French families whose 17 year old daughters were tragically killed in an automobile accident in California while on a tour organized for young people by a French tour operator in August, 2009. He also represents a third French family whose daughter escaped death in the same accident but was seriously injured. The case involves both French individual, corporate and governmental defendants as well as American corporate defendants. The suit will be brought in Los Angeles.
In March Mr. Sokol and co-counsel in Marseille won a victory in the labor court in Marseille. They represented the employer who dismissed an employee based on the firm’s advice. The employee sued for unlawful dismissal. The French Labor Court upheld the legality of the dismissal and dismissed the employee’s claim.
The firm is defending an Irish national in two suits filed against him by companies that performed work on the renovation of his residence in France.
Mr. Sokol has recently taken on a matter for a British national of Middle Eastern origin involving a possible claim against Interpol.
The firm also has cases on other matters currently pending before the courts of appeal of Aix-en-Provence, Nancy and Toulouse and in the trial courts in Aix-en-Provence, Hamburg, Germany and in Paris.
Counseling: Mr. Sokol has been advising an Australian client on a complex tax issue involving French double taxation treaties with both Australia and New Zealand and has recently sought a letter ruling on the issues from the French Tax Center for Non-Residents in Paris.
The firm prepared an opinion letter on certain French regulatory requirements and how to respond to a government information request for a major multinational chemical company.
The firm continues to advise several American not for profit foundations operating in France, has recently advised on and assisted with the purchase of French real estate and related bank financing and drafted contracts for the long-term use by artists of property owned by a foundation as well as summer rental contracts for another foundation and continues to assist a high net worth family with a variety of offshore problems involving trusts and investments.
Publications: In January Mr. Sokol published an op-ed Guilt by Birth that appeared in both the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times.
Teaching: Mr. Sokol is currently preparing his third annual conference entitled “What is justice?” to be given at Imperial College, London on April 24th.
Awards: In April Olivia Lischetti received a scholarship to attend the summer 2010 session of the prestigious Hague Academy on Private International Law.
Mr. Sokol appeared on NBC Nightly News after being interviewed for a pro bono case he is handling before the European Court of Human Rights
Publications: On March 3rd Mr. Sokol published ‘The curious case of chastity fraud’ as an op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor.
On April 17th he published ‘The Supreme Court bench has never been less diverse’ also as an op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor.
On July 2nd he published ‘My burqa is none of your business’ in the New York Times/International Herald Tribune op-ed page.
On July 17th he appeared on NBC Nightly News. See above.
Litigation: In June Mr. Sokol has argued cases in the Commercial Court of Epinal in Eastern France, in the Family Court in Paris, and in the Labor Court in Aix-en-Provence. He is currently working on cases in the appellate courts in Toulouse and in Aix-en-Provence as well as the European Court of Human Rights.
Other matters: Mr. Sokol has handled the winding up of several estates over the past year. He has been advising on construction problems and real estate acquisitions and counseling several not for profit foundations on a variety of matters.