Friday, September 18, 2020

Ms. Lopez focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation at all stages, from trial through appeal. Her practice areas include foreign sovereign immunity law, commercial litigation, international law, cultural heritage law, white collar criminal defense, and appellate law. Ms. Lopez has argued appeals and motions in federal and state courts, including in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Ninth Circuit, and the Second Circuit. From 2002-04, she clerked for the Honorable Gregory A. Presnell of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Representative Matters
  • Represent individuals in white collar crime investigations.
  • Represent foreign embassies in Washington, D.C. in a variety of employment matters.
  • Represented various entities and individuals in federal criminal investigations. 
  • Represent foreign company in complex federal litigation regarding successor liability.
  • Represent trade association on employment and corporate issues. 
  • Represented foreign multimillion dollar business in post-judgment proceedings. 
  • Represented foreign head of state and foreign official in breach of contract litigation.
  • Represented large private foreign bank in complex Alien Tort Statute case. 
  • Represented foreign nation in bonds litigation.
  • Represented individual in Alien Tort Statute case in Alabama. 
  • Represented individual in complex criminal case in North Carolina.
  • Represented foreign sovereign in attachment proceeding.
  • Represented foreign sovereign in an almost 30-year long expropriation case.
  • Represented sovereign bank in attachment proceeding.
  • Represented individual in criminal appeal on commerce clause issue.


Laina Lopez PDF Biography 









  • Laina has published numerous articles, including on LinkedIn, which take an in-depth look at U.S. laws affecting foreign nations, including embassies, consulates, heads of state and foreign officials.
  • Regular contributor to The Forum, a quarterly publication of the national Consular Corps College.
  • Today's General Counsel, "A General Counsel Charged With Obstructing Justice," Vol.10 No.3 (June/July 2013).
  • The International Lawyer, International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2011, “International Art and Cultural Heritage,” Co-Author, Spring 2012
  • Phi Beta Kappa, The Key Reporter, “Should Cultural Heritage Be On the Auction Block?” Spring 2010
  • Yearbook of Cultural Property, Co-Author with Patty Gerstenblith, “International Cultural Property,” 2009
Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist, "International Developments in Whistleblowing," Washington, D.C. Bar, April 2015
  • Featured Luncheon Speaker, "The Implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in NML Capital Ltd. v. Argentina for Foreign Nations," Consular Corps of Washington, D.C., January 2015 
  • Featured Luncheon Speaker, "The Implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in NML Capital Ltd. v. Argentina for Foreign Nations,"  Consular Corps College Symposium, Washington, D.C., November 2014 
  • Featured Luncheon Speaker, "Foreign Sovereign Immunity Under U.S. Law," Oregon Consular Corps, Portland, Oregon, October 2014
  • Co-presenter, "Special Morning Training for Diplomats and Consular Officers," Embassy of Canada, Hosted by Consular Corps of Washington, D.C., April 10, 2014
  • Panelist and Moderator, "Art from Abroad: Legal Protection of Objects from Foreign Countries,"  Washington, D.C. Bar, January 29, 2014



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