International Law

Since 1950, the volume of world trade has increased by twenty times, making globalization a reality of the business world.  Companies are seeing how increased international trade and investment, as well as advancements in information technology, are changing the global marketplace.  Analysts believe that policy and technological developments in the past 30 years have fostered such large increases in cross-border trade and investment that the world has entered a new era in its economic development.

The International practice at David Keesling has grown in response to increased globalization.  We have brought together lawyers and related professionals who are able to address client needs across the full spectrum of challenges presented by global business.  David Keesling is a highly qualified and experienced practitioner in international business and commercial litigation between U.S. and international parties.  He handles every kind of issue involving contract disputes between U.S. and international parties, international environmental regulations and related activities, as well as trademark infringement litigation between U.S. and international interests.

Legal Services Without Borders

David Keesling assists clients in all aspects of their business, from moving goods, services, capital and technology across national boundaries, to developing, licensing, protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights, to partnering with clients to resolve disputes with foreign customers and business partners.  Our professionals advise and represent clients on matters ranging from enforcement under international chemicals legislation to helping companies comply with global anti-corruption enforcement.  Our clients range from large to smaller companies that are engaging in international joint ventures, contracts of sale, use of foreign business representatives and other partnering and commercial arrangements.

KLA’s International practice offers our clients a broad range of services. Our international legal team draws from the professions of law and engineering. We are well suited to help both U.S. and overseas companies and individuals with their litigation and regulatory needs.

David Keesling Knows Where To Start

The Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, more commonly called the Hague Service Convention, is a multilateral treaty which was adopted in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 15 November 1965 by member states of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. The treaty allows for service of process of legal documents from one state to another without the use of consular and diplomatic channels. The treaty supersedes the 1905 Civil Procedure Convention, which had previously dealt with the issue of international service of process. Prior to the enactment of the Hague Service Convention, service of process in civil cases was generally effected by a letter rogatory, a formal request from the court in the country where proceedings were initiated or underway to a court in another country where the defendant resided. This procedure generally required the use of consular and diplomatic channels as the request had to be made to the foreign minister (Secretary of State in the United States) of the defendant’s country by the foreign minister of the originating court.

Since 1965, member states designate a central authority for service of process and requests go directly there. In addition, many states allow some type of service directly by mail or personal service by a person otherwise authorized to service process without involvement of local courts. The international lawyer David Keesling is experienced and well versed in the service international litigants and we are often are engaged to assist other law firms in navigating the strictures of The Hague Conventions.