Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate Law, Litigation
Lara is an expert in international arbitration, mediation, as well as Lebanese and US litigation. Her experience encompasses various complex legal matters involving domestic and international issues as well as in the drafting of various legal documents and contracts.
Lara previously worked as an attorney at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP in New York where she researched and selected plaintiffs’ profiles for deposition, and prepared for/and second chaired depositions for cases pending before the Federal Court. She also conducted extensive legal research regarding banking policies and procedures in the US. Moreover, she compiled and organized massive discovery documents for production, participated in the drafting of answers to plaintiffs’ complaints and developed comprehensive charts to structure the strategy of the case. Furthermore, she was responsible for reviewing, analyzing and summarizing documents responsive to discovery requests. While working at Dewey LeBoeuf, Lara participated in the “Harlem Asthma Pro Bono Project” and successfully accelerated the outcome of a case which allowed a pregnant woman, mother of a child with asthma to get proper housing.
Prior to pursuing her LL.M. and working in the United States, Lara collaborated with other reputable law firms in Lebanon. She prepared and coordinated an arbitration case involving a major Lebanese radio station and an advertisement company. She positively influenced the outcome of a real estate case by suggesting a crucial question during trial that was answered by the defendant in a way that proved the case. She also provided legal representation to international companies before Lebanese courts and advised them on employment agreements and commercial contracts. In addition, she conducted research and drafted memoranda in the areas of domestic corporate law, enforcement and bankruptcy law. Besides, she handled the daily operations of various limited liability and joint stock companies.
Lara was designated in 2005 as a junior legal expert for Lebanon, for the Promotion of International Commercial Arbitration and other ADR techniques, in “MEDA countries project” funded by the European Commission. While she was appointed to this position, she conducted interviews and successfully provided advisory services to support the introduction of court-referred mediation as an alternative tool for commercial dispute settlement.
Lara has placed her legal skills and expertise at the service of the community on several occasions. Indeed, she was a volunteer for several years in “Community Mediation Inc.” in Connecticut where she mediated and facilitated various landlord/tenant disputes, youth disputes and court-mandated mediations. In addition, Lara was an assistant editor in “The Lebanese Review of Arab and International Arbitration” and “Proche-Orient Etudes Juridiques” (an annual publication of Saint Joseph University – Faculty of Law and Political Sciences) in Lebanon and an LL.M. advisor in the “Journal of International Economic Law” (JIEL) at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Lara is a member of the Beirut Bar Association since 2002 as well as a member of the New York Bar Association since 2009.
University of Pennsylvania Law School (Philadelphia, USA), LL.M. Degree, 2006.
Saint Joseph University (Lebanon), Master of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Arbitration, 2003. Publication: Judicial Mediation, 33 The Lebanese Review of Arab and International Arbitration, 6 (2005).
Saint Joseph University (Lebanon), Law degree, 2001.
Arabic, French, and English