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Steve Perles (1975)

Senior Attorney/Founder, Perles Law Firm, P.C.


Steve Perles is the senior attorney and founder of the Perles Law Firm, P.C. His practice focuses on international law, a key component being the establishment of jurisdiction of a U.S. court over problems and transactions that occur overseas, and with a special emphasis on Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Central Africa, and the Central Caucasus.

After graduating from William & Mary Law School in 1975, Mr. Perles worked on Capitol Hill for several years. He began his private practice in 1981, after serving as chief legislative assistant and staff attorney for Senator Ted Stevens, the former president pro tem of the Senate and chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Mr. Perles has handled a number of cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as United States courts of appeals and district courts across the country. His litigation practice has included important cases in the field of Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act litigation, particularly cases involving claims against or the defense of foreign governments before United States federal courts and administrative agencies. He has also represented foreign and domestic clients under the Administrative Procedure Act in matters before the United States Departments of Commerce and Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.

Mr. Perles also has extensive experience in foreign commercial negotiations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He has performed legal risk assessments for United States companies planning international ventures, arbitration proceedings, and settlement negotiations in multi-forum contract disputes.

In addition, Mr. Perles frequently lectures at law schools and to groups of lawyers about his practice. Most recently, he has given several lectures on the evolution of anti-terrorism civil litigation at several conferences for national crime victims’ groups. Mr. Perles is an Adjunct Professor and Richard A. Williamson Fellow at William & Mary Law School.

Mr. Perles is also actively involved in a charitable foundation established by his family and in terrorist victim issues. He was honored with the Rabbinical Alliance of America's Humanitarian Award of 1997, the 1976 Recipient of the Symbol of Hokaido Medal, in Sapporo, Japan, and the Brandeis Award from the American Jewish Congress in 2003.