• Practice Areas
    Foreign Sovereign Immunity
    Commercial Litigation
    Appellate Law
    Art & Cultural Heritage Law
    White Collar
    Criminal Defense

    J.D., American University, Washington College of Law
    B.A., Bucknell University, Phi Beta Kappa

    Laina Lopez, the publisher of FS Blog, is an experienced attorney practicing in Washington, D.C. at the boutique law firm, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP. She defends foreign sovereigns, as well as their instrumentalities, embassies, heads of state, and officials, in court proceedings throughout the United States. She has spoken and written extensively on foreign sovereign immunity issues. Recent speaking engagements include:

    Guest Speaker, “Embassies and consulates in the United States: Legal implications of hiring U.S. personnel as Locally Employed Staff,” Consular Corps of Washington, D.C., May 22, 2013

    Guest Speaker, “Ancient Artifacts In Court: How the Case of Rubin v. Iran Could Affect Museums,” University of Pennsylvania Museum, February 21, 2013

    Panelist, “International Litigators’ Toolbox No. 1: When U.S. Discovery Rules Clash with Foreign Law (Including a Mock Argument Before District Court Judges),” Practising Law Institute, June 11, 2012

    Panelist, “Shield or Sword: Why Has the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act Become One of the Most Frequently Litigated Statutes in Cultural Property Disputes?” ABA Section of International Law Conference, Spring 2011

    Panelist, “Human Rights and Cultural Heritage: From the Holocaust to the Haitian Earthquake,” Cardozo Law School, American Society of International Law, Cultural Heritage and the Arts Interest Group, March 2011

    Guest Lecturer, “The Case of Rubin v. Iran: Should Cultural Treasures Be Used as Legal Pawns?” Tulsa University, Sponsored by the Museum Science and Management Program, the College of Law, and the Department of Anthropology, February 2011

    Program Chair and panelist, “The 2008 Amendments to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: Has Congress Gone Too Far or Not Far Enough?” ABA Section of International Law Conference, Spring 2009

    Guest Lecturer, “Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Law,” Columbia Law School, Seminar taught by Lecturer-in-law Jane Levine, Spring 2009 and Spring 2010

    Panelist, “Acquiring and Maintaining Collections of Cultural Objects: Challenges Confronting American Museums in the 21st Century,” DePaul University Law School, Symposium, Fall 2008

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