International negotiations

In many cases, particularly those regarding international disputes, the most successful path to resolution may not be through litigation or arbitration but may instead be through strategic negotiation. The team of attorneys at Conrad & Scherer is highly experienced in these matters, employing a combination of diplomacy, cultural awareness and legal insight to forge mutually satisfying resolutions and preserve relationships whenever possible. We have successfully represented clients in conflict with foreign individuals, entities and agencies on multiple continents, and as the only U.S. based law firm with a physical presence in Ecuador, we are especially well-versed in disputes involving parties across Latin and South America

  • ERIC J. HAGER
    AREAS OF PRACTICE
    BIO
    ERIC J. HAGER
    Partner
    ERIC J. HAGER
    EDUCATION
    • Columbia University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2006
    • American University, Bachelor of Science, 2000
    BAR ADMISSIONS
    • Massachusetts Bar, 2006
    • District of Columbia Bar, 2007
    • United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 2007
    • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2009
    • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2010
    • District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, 2013
    BIOGRAPHY:

    Eric Hager is a partner in the Firm’s Quito, Ecuador office. His practice includes transnational litigation, appeals, commercial fraud & forensic recovery, securities & financial regulatory litigation, consumer finance litigation, general civil litigation, appeals, land use litigation, securities & financial regulatory litigation and trust litigation.

    Mr. Hager’s experience in complex litigation is varied. He has played key roles in diverse matters in a number of state and federal courts throughout the country and has managed multinational teams on difficult e-discovery and other discovery projects. Mr. Hager has also led or participated in appeals in multiple state and federal courts. He has worked closely with experts on foreign law from Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. Mr. Hager has drafted successful requests for discovery in relation to foreign legal proceedings under 28 U.S.C. § 1782, which is a statute allowing litigants to obtain discovery related to foreign legal proceedings using the assistance of U.S. courts. In addition, he provides the firm’s Latin American clients with assistance in cross-border litigation and transactions.

    Mr. Hager has experience briefing a wide range of complicated legal issues. Representative issues include choice of law, including between foreign and U.S. law; international comity, forum non conveniens, and other defenses common to transnational litigation; statutory construction of state, federal, and foreign statutes; removal from federal court and remand to state court; the intersection of state property law and federal tax law; standing and capacity to sue; issue and claim preclusion; tolling of the statute of limitations and other timeliness issues; and procedural issues associated with a variety of pre-trial motions, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, discovery motions, and motions in limine.

    Prior to focusing on commercial litigation and appeals, Mr. Hager spent over six years primarily representing the firm’s clients seeking to hold multinational corporations accountable for human rights abuses. In that role, he took and defended depositions abroad and in the U.S., obtained a reversal on a key issue from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, briefed numerous other appeals, argued pre-trial motions before state and federal courts, and led discovery-related and other field work in remote regions of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

    Before joining the Firm in 2009, he practiced as a commercial litigator, primarily working on consumer financial services matters in the Washington, D.C. office of a large national firm.

    Mr. Hager is fluent in Spanish, resides in Quito, Ecuador, and has traveled extensively throughout the South American Andean region on business.

    Awards/Recognitions
    • Columbia University School of Law, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Columbia University Journal of Environmental Law, Articles Editor
    • Fulbright Scholar, Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program, September 2002 to May 2003
  • DAVID F. GARCES
    AREAS OF PRACTICE
    BIO
    DAVID F. GARCES
    Of Counsel
    DAVID F. GARCES
    EDUCATION
    • Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Attorney at Law (Juris Doctor equivalent), 2003
    • Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Bachelor in Arts, 2001
    BAR ADMISSIONS
    • Ecuador Bar, 2003
    • Of Counsel, not licensed in the United States
    BIOGRAPHY:

    David Garcés is an Ecuadorian attorney in the firm’s Quito office. He focuses his practice on advising U.S. and Latin American clients on international negotiations, mergers & acquisitions, cross-border litigation, family law matters and real estate transactions. He has experience in corporate law, transactions, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, e-commerce, family law, probate and international law. Mr. Garcés regularly advises Ecuadorian and international clients on Ecuadorian and international family law, probate and real estate issues. In addition, he serves as an expert on Ecuadorian law, providing declarations used in federal court litigation.

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