Recent Significant Matters

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Persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to grant a petition for certiorari on behalf of American victims of Iran-sponsored terrorism, and presented oral argument in a case involving the construction of provisions of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 138 S. Ct. 816 (2018).

Obtained dismissal under Rooker-Feldman doctrine of a borrower’s federal lawsuit alleging that a lender’s attorneys had violated numerous debtors’ rights and consumer protection statutes and common law duties. Taufer v. Wells Fargo, et al., 2017 WL 6560470 (SD Fla 2017).

Obtained a $192 million judgment against Iran on behalf of the family an American citizen murdered in a Hamas terrorist attack in Jerusalem. Hirshfeld v. Iran, 330 F. Supp. 3d 107 (DDC 2018).

Successfully defended appeal by Florida state entity acting as receiver for an insolvent insurance company challenging enforcement of a settlement agreement between the plaintiffs and their insurer, and prevailed in a motion for appellate attorney’s fees against the governmental receiver. Fla. Ins. Guar. Ass’n v. Potts, 229 So. 3d 330 (Fla. 2d D.C.A. 2017).

Successfully appealed to the D.C. Circuit for reversal of an order dismissing Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act claims against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for the abduction, torture and murder of a human rights activist. The reversal opened the door for the entry of a $330 million judgment in favor of the plaintiffs. Han Kim v. Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, 774 F.3d 1044 (D.C. Cir. 2014).

Representing a foreign airline in enforcement of a federal criminal restitution order against the perpetrator of a large-scale fraud against the airline.

Successfully defended numerous appeals on behalf of mortgage lenders and servicers.

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