2011-2012 ILS Chair – Nicolas Swerdloff

Nicolas Swerdloff, who served as ILS Chair during the 2011-2012 bar year, is a senior litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard and Reed, LLP, where he also serves as member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Swerdloff focuses on litigation and arbitration of complex cross-border business disputes involving a wide range of substantive areas of law, focusing particularly on financial, license, joint-venture, securities, professional liability and sports disputes. Swerdloff has litigated such disputes in federal and state courts throughout the United States and before the major arbitral institutions, and is Board Certified in International Litigation and Arbitration by the Florida Bar.
Among others, Swerdloff successfully represented Ernst & Young Hong Kong in a three-week arbitration hearing in which the panel, rejecting a $500 million malpractice claim, found that the client had not been negligent. Swerdloff also led the defense of the French conglomerate Alstom in a succession of fraud and breach of warranty actions seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages based on alleged deficiencies in the propulsion system installed on luxury cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines, all of which ultimately settled on favorable terms. Swerdloff is currently representing investors in an investment treaty claim against the Republic of Panama as well as the former president of a FIFA regional governing body in a civil RICO action and a criminal appeal related to the FIFA corruption scandal.
A graduate of SUNY at Stone Brook, where he received his B.A., cum laude, and Fordham University School of Law, where he earned his J.D. cum laude, Swerdloff is a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the ICDR and AAA.