Ron Soffer

Ron Soffer founded Soffer Avocats, a Paris based international litigation boutique in 1994

As a member of the Paris, New York and Israel bars, Ron Soffer has decades of substantial experience in litigating cases before the lower courts and court of appeals in Paris and throughout the territory of France as well as leading and cooperating litigation abroad – in the United States Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Hungry, Morocco, Hong Kong andSingapore. Ron Soffer has also argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.

He is known for his management and coordination of complex multi-jurisdictional litigation in criminal, civil and commercial cases in France and abroad, including in the United States, where he has coordinated litigation for European clients. He is experienced in representing US clients in France and in walking US general counsels through the significant differences in procedural and evidentiary concepts. Ron Soffer also dealt on behalf of clients with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He is well versed in the rules of U.S. discovery and other procedural aspects of U.S. litigation, especially its impact on Europeans and European entities. Ron Soffer also presented cases to the French Competition Authority which led to significant decisions in antitrust case law. He also represented clients in antitrust investigation.  Mr Soffer presented cases to the European Court of Human Rights.

Ron Soffer is also versed in public international law and has worked on dozens of cases presented to the Israeli Supreme Court on issues of laws of war. He served for five years as an officer in the International Law Branch of the Judge Advocate General of the Israel Defense Forces, working on cases involving international law. Ron Soffer has also acquired important experience in criminal law. He is on the list of counsels admitted to act before the International Criminal Court in The Hague and is member of the scientific committee of the criminal law institute of the Paris Bar.

The areas of law litigated over the years include: domestic and multi-jurisdictional criminal cases, administrative law, art law, international human rights law, European law, private international law, commercial law, patent cases, copyright and licensing, antitrust, unfair trade practices, scientific development contracts, French and international contract law, banking and letter of credit law, securities litigation, information technology, partnerships, multijurisdictional inheritance cases, real property

Ron Soffer has litigated cases in many sectors including the pharmaceutical industry, health care, infrastructure, distribution, banking, investment banking, investment funds, information technology and software, real estate, and in the field of art and entertainment.

Ron Soffer was asked to join the international Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (the international division of the American Arbitration Association). On May 23rd 2014, Ron Soffer became a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and became a Fellow of the CIArb in July 2014.

Ron Soffer is regularly invited to sit in legal panels.

He has also lectured several times before Israeli judges on comparative procedure. In March 2018, he will, as a visiting professor, teach a two-week course on the European Court of Human Rights, at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Legal 500 has rated Soffer Avocats as one of the top litigation firms in Paris and noted the

following:

“The six lawyers making up the Soffer Avocats team are excellent, responsive and have a

positive outlook. They excel in managing complex cross-border litigation and their ability to

operate efficiently and creatively in very diverse matters is impressive: corporate law,

securities law, inheritance cases or patent law. The firm assists both companies and

investors, and is involved in many highly strategic cases.”

 

“The head of the litigation practice, Ron Soffer, who is a member of the Paris, New York and

Israel bars, is a leading international practitioner accustomed to transnational litigation and

in whom his clients have absolute confidence. He has an excellent knowledge of both

Anglo-Saxon and civil judicial systems and stands out for his capacity to develop and

implement a global strategy while delivering the most aggressive and effective defense in

each jurisdiction.”