Lawrence H. Schoenbach,
a highly experienced trial attorney and litigator, has been practicing law for nearly 30 years in the areas of criminal defense, international extradition and corporate compliance. He is the New York partner for the Institute for Tax and Commercial Law, a Swiss-based consulting firm that serves clients throughout the world. He began his career in 1980 as a public defender in New York City and opened his own private law practice three years later. For the past 20 years, he has earned Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious AV rating, a peer ranking at the highest level of professional excellence.

He is admitted to the bar in the State of New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as federal courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the District of Puerto Rico, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second and Third Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

He received his law degree from Hofstra University. He also earned a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany and a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College. He has taught trial techniques for more than 20 years at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at the Hofstra University School of Law and the Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law. He is a frequent guest commentator on TruTV (formerly CourtTV).

Ellen Bessis,
who is affiliated with the firm's Paris office, is admitted to both the Paris and Guadeloupe Bars. Her practice concentrates on international commercial law, primarily in the areas of corporate law, employment law, intellectual property, telecommunications and TV. Prior to practicing law, she was a journalist for the French National Radio (France Inter) and various French newspapers (Le Monde, Chambre et Senat, and Marie France). She has authored or co-authored a number of books, including, Demain l'Europe (1979), a description of Europe and the ECC; and l'Effet Booster, an exploration of intercultural and human resources in corporations. Bessis is also a contributor to Professor Marc Bosch's collective treatise devoted to intercultural management. She teaches commercial law, European law, lobbying techniques, and communications in France. She is fluent in French, English, Italian, and Spanish, and has working knowledge of Russian, Portuguese, Arabic and Hebrew.

Jürg Brand
is the lead attorney for the Zurich firm of B&P Lawyers. Focusing on complex civil litigation related to taxation and banking , he collaborates with associates throughout the world. He is also responsible for the operation of the firm's offices in Zug and Bern, Switzerland. Mr. Brand began his career as an attorney for Price Waterhouse, subsequently becoming a certified tax expert. He and Lawrence H. Schoenbach are partners in the Swiss-based Institute for Tax and Commercial Law, a consulting firm with an international clientele.He received his legal training at the prestigious University of Bern, as well as the Institute of International and Comparative Law in London. He is fluent in German, English, Spanish, French and Italian.

Erica Popkin
participates in all phases of the firm's New York practice. Prior to joining the Law Offices of Lawrence H. Schoenbach, PLLC, she was legal counsel and director of community affairs for New York Assemblyman Mark Alan Siegel, former chairperson of the Assembly's Committee on Higher Education. In that capacity, she was responsible for drafting legislation, advising lobbyists, and devising legislative strategies. Ms. Popkin was also vice president of a privately held, New York-based corporation that served a wide array of U.S. and international clients. She received a B.A. from New York University and a J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law.



Irma Pavani
is an international business consultant supporting the firm's New York and Paris offices. She lived and worked for many years in Africa, beginning her career as the Assistant Director of Cameroon's National Center of Commerce. In that capacity, she promoted Cameroon's economic initiatives throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Italy. She has also worked as the General Manager of AVOREX, a corporation specializing in producing and transforming food for West African nations, and has represented various African countries as the manager of the ACP (African, Caribbean, and Pacific) Department of the Private Federation of European communities, located in Brussels. Pavani is an authority on all phases of the LOMÉ III Convention, a framework for collaboration between the EU and developing nations in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Rim.