By Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder
Having attended numerous prior Annual Meetings of the Europӓische Anwaltskooperation (EAK) (European Attorneys’ Cooperative), due to professional commitments, members of Jackson Law International were unfortunately unable to attend the EAK meetings in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Thus, it was with great pleasure that I rejoined my European colleagues this year for the 2019 EAK Annual Meeting in Germany.
The EAK is a “europäische wirtschaftliche Interessenvereinigung” (EWIV) or European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG), which is a legal entity created under European Community Council Regulations designed to facilitate the otherwise independent activities of its members in different countries. In the case of the EAK, the cooperation is among independent attorneys in different countries – primarily those within Europe – and this cooperative represents an international network of attorneys able to provide legal advice to clients in their respective jurisdictions. For the client in one country seeking to locate an experienced attorney in another country for a particular area of the law, the EAK’s network facilitates such a search.
Member attorneys of the EAK are located in the following countries:
- United States
The 2019 EAK Annual Meeting was held in Heidelberg, a university town in Baden-Württemberg situated on the river Neckar in south-west Germany. The city of Heidelberg was founded in the 12th-Century and has a long and rich history that dates back to Celtic and Roman times. Heidelberg is a scientific hub in Germany and is home to several internationally renowned research facilities adjacent to its university, including four Max Planck institutes.
The Annual Meeting brought together the member attorneys from throughout Europe, a German colleague practicing in Australia, and the United States. I am honored to be one of only two attorneys in the entire United States who is a member of this organization. Membership in the EAK requires a unanimous vote, i.e., no veto.
Jackson Law International is proud of its international connections, whether from the standpoint of its attorneys’ respective international heritages, the firm’s professional connections to the international legal community, i.e., other international law firms, through membership in such organizations as the EAK, direct work with attorneys from across the globe, and representation on behalf of clients from around the world.
International Litigation typically presents the courts, attorneys, and parties with unique challenges that fall outside of the general experience of law firms that have not routinely handled such matters. Our international experience allows us to assist clients and other law firms in international matters, and the firm looks forward to the opportunity to put that experience to work for its clients.
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© Jackson Law International 2019