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International Co-Counsel and Foreign Local Counsel Resources

International Counsel delivers cross-border and US domestic legal services both through its international counsel team members as well as through its local counsel resources in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and elsewhere. International Counsel is a law practice with a track record dating to the mid-1990s backed by malpractice insurance, not an interim placement firm, and is able to deliver the pooled best practice experience of lawyers who have handled some of the most sensitive matters in many of the world’s murkiest markets.

We have done so on behalf of leading international companies and our team members have often worked together both as part of International Counsel and in various combinations of lawyer-client relationships. For example, team members have been former clients and former clients have become team members.


International Counsel Senior Lawyer Resources and Management

Since our formation in 1997, International Counsel team members have included lawyers with the following in-house backgrounds:

Importantly, ongoing oversight of client matters comes from one of our senior attorneys to assure prompt delivery of services with a consistent level of quality and results. Currently leading our service delivery and client relations is David Laverty, one of the firm’s co-founders. International Counsel team members are added depending on the needs of our clients and projects, and are governed by our practices and procedures, including as related to conflicts of interest and ethical practices.


David A. Laverty

+ 1 312 575 0601


India and China, as Well as the US and 30+ Other Countries

Practice Areas

  • Corporate and Commercial Agreements
    • Acquisitions
    • Joint Ventures and Other Equity Investments
    • Manufacturing Agreements
    • Licenses
    • Agency and Distribution Agreements
  • Market Entry Strategies and Structures
  • Worldwide Product Risk Analysis and Warranty Compliance
  • e-Commerce and Online Compliance
  • Cross-Border Regulatory Issues
  • International Terminations, Wind-downs and Disputes

David has more than 30 years of experience with contracts, investment and market entry matters while based in Seoul, New York, London and Chicago. Through his work in the United States as well as in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and elsewhere, David assists companies to better and more cost-effectively integrate US and foreign law capabilities into their expansion efforts.

Prior to co-founding International Counsel, David created the international counsel role and directed international legal affairs for Kmart Corporation and its then-subsidiaries, including The Sports Authority, Borders Books and Music and Office Max. His international law firm practice has included Marks & Murase in New York (its successor firm became part of Morgan Lewis) and Lee & Ko in Seoul, Korea.

David’s clients with the firm have included Samsung Electronics, BISSELL International, Motorola, Borders Books and Music and Corbis Corporation (Bill Gates’ global image licensing and distribution company).

As an early entrant in the alternative legal services industry, David has also been a team member in numerous managed services engagements and has served as an interim counsel for companies such as Johnson Controls Inc. and Aon Hewitt.  As part of his managed services work, David is also the founder of International Counsel’s Global Contracts Solutions to provide software-backed, contracts team support for the creation of international contracts templates and local variants in 40+ countries.

Leadership Roles

Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), Asia’s leading corporate and commercial lawyers’ organization. Former Officer and Board Member

Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago, a 1,000 member association of corporate dealmakers. Former Officer, Board Member and Co-Chair, International Committee and Conference

Education and Bar Membership

University of Michigan Law School, JD
University of Michigan, B.A. (magna cum laude in economics and Phi Beta Kappa)
Admitted to practice in Illinois

Selected updates

2019 Global Contracts Solutions

2018 Update: A Switch to a Territorial Tax System - Encouraging Outbound U.S. Investment

2017 India – Foreign Investment and Contracts

2015 Best Practices for Cross-Border Contracts and Business Establishment - The Example of Korea

2013 Cross-Border Legal Risk Tune-Up - Part II
Foreign Entity Selection, Foreign Employee Considerations, Compliance (including FCPA and export controls), and Dealing with Emerging Markets

2012 Cross-Border Legal Risk Tune-Up - Part I
International Risk in Agency/Distribution, Cross-Border Sales Terms, Web Site and Online Compliance and Contract Dispute Resolution Clauses



Foreign Local Counsel

As discussed in our Practice Summary, while our approach is to handle much of the structuring, drafting and negotiating of projects based on our internal skill-set and access to local law materials, many of our projects require the input of on-the-ground resources in our clients' target countries.

Up-to-the-minute guidance on applicable law and practice as well as its critical real-world application is essential to the process. We have also developed ways to manage and control foreign local counsel resources at substantial cost savings to our clients.

Similar to the practice of major multinational companies, we continually monitor the capabilities of outstanding lawyers in Europe, Asia, Latin America and elsewhere. When these lawyers have proven themselves to be both excellent sources of substantive advice as well as sensitive to our needs for responsiveness and cost-control, the lawyers are added to our working group of "preferred partners."

We also evaluate such lawyers in accordance with best practices in handling confidentiality, conflict avoidance and other ethical matters.

The fee statements of our local counsel colleagues are integrated with ours, allowing for our review and close management of overall costs and resource allocation.



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