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Zuber Lawler & Del Duca Partner Appointed to Leadership Roles in the International Law Section of the American Bar Association

June 21, 2011

Los Angeles (June 21, 2011) – The American Bar Association’s International Law Section has appointed Los Angeles lawyer Patrick Del Duca to serve for 2011-2012 as Co-Chair of its Mexico Committee, its Liaison to the Consiglio Nazionale Forense (Italy’s national bar association), and as a member of its Europe Committee’s Steering Group.  These leadership roles reflect his active practice and expertise in the legal issues associated with the conduct of business in Latin America and Europe.

Selected for inclusion in the 2010 and 2011 editions of THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA®, Patrick Del Duca is a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Zuber Lawler & Del Duca.  He assists businesses and individuals with corporate, commercial and financial challenges.  He is experienced in the launch, maturation and exit of businesses, infrastructure development and financing, financial restructuring, and environmental matters.  Trained in common and civil law and fluent in French, Italian and Spanish, he has worked domestically and widely across borders, especially in Europe and Latin America.

A graduate in law of Harvard Law School, the Università di Bologna, and the European University Institute, Mr. Del Duca is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and serves as an adjunct professor at UCLA law school.  Currently offering a course in International Finance, he has also taught courses in European Union law, joint ventures, Latin American infrastructure development, and international arbitration.  He is the author of the book CHOOSING THE LANGUAGE OF TRANSNATIONAL DEALS: PRACTICALITIES, POLICY AND LAW REFORM, recently published by the American Bar Association.

“As I begin a third year of service as co-chair of the ABA International Law Section’s Mexico Committee,” said Del Duca, “I am excited to participate in the continued development of the Committee’s work, including its publication of a newsletter on developments in Mexican law with the Law School of the Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara Campus, the Committee’s participation in the International Law Section’s policy work with a focus on developments in antitrust law and enforcement, environmental policy, and secured lending, and its city coordinator initiative that has hosted events in cities with concentrations of Mexico Committee members, including for example Los Angeles, Phoenix, Mexico City and Washington, DC. Building bridges among diverse and talented lawyers who share a commitment to professional excellence and the rule of law is rewarding work.”

About ABA Section of International Law
The ABA Section of International Law, which has more than 20,000 members in 90 countries, is the leader in the development of policy in the international arena, the promotion of the rule of law, and the education of international law practitioners. It focuses on the full range of international legal issues and is involved in a wide variety of substantive legal activities. The Section seeks to promote and further the development of interest, activity, and research in international and comparative law and related areas; to promote knowledge and formulate professional opinion of international law among members of the legal profession and others; to promote professional relationships with lawyers similarly engaged in foreign countries; and to advance the rule of law in the world. The Section has numerous task forces and more than 60 regional and special interest committees within 12 divisions — Africa/Eurasia, Americas/Middle East, Business Regulation, Constituent, Corporate, Disputes, Finance, Industries, Legal Practice, Public International Law, International Treaties, and Tax, Estates & Individuals — to closely monitor and disseminate information on domestic and international policy developments with implications for law practice.

About ABA
With more than 413,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.