International Law & Contracts
When parties hail from different cultures and diverse legal systems, they have different understandings of business relationships, legal requirements and market practices, more so than parties from the same country or culture. In such cases, it is important to engage counsel with sophisticated legal skills and experience dealing with international agreements.
Donna Ross Dispute Resolution assists clients involved in transactions with international business partners to understand their obligations and options and to negotiate optimum terms in areas such as risk exposure, payment, insurance, applicable law, means and place of dispute resolution, cost allocation.
As a U.S. and international commercial lawyer who has served as outside general counsel to small businesses, Donna Ross negotiates, drafts, and reviews commercial contracts involving suppliers, distributors, importers, partners, shareholders, employers and investors. She has expertise in technology, issues of public policy, the CISG (Convention on the International Sale of Goods), INCOTERMS, UNCITRAL, EU Law, unintentional franchising, differences in agency law in different countries and employee reclassification.
Over her career she has gained significant expertise in industries such as the wine industry, health care – corporate practice of medicine, franchise law, malpractice, employment law and private equity and IT. She drafts import and distribution, marketing, partnership, shareholder, employment, consultancy and management, license, lease, computer services, NDA and confidentiality agreements for individuals and businesses, and most importantly, effective dispute resolution clauses for protection in the event of a dispute.
Having lived and practiced on three continents and with parties from all over the world, Donna Ross has superior international legal expertise (she holds both civil and common law degrees) and extensive international business experience, as well as the cultural diversity and worldly perspective necessary to close a successful international deal or represent clients in litigation or arbitration with international parties or tribunals.
Donna Ross is trilingual in English, French and Spanish and fluent in Italian. She represents parties from civil law as well as common law jurisdictions, particularly in cross-border or cross-cultural matters.