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s_perlesMr. Perles is the senior attorney and founder of the Perles Law Firm, P.C.After graduating from law school, Mr. Perles worked on Capitol Hill for several years. Mr. Perles began his private practice in 1981, after serving as chief legislative assistant and staff attorney for Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), the former president pro tem of the Senate and chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee who sadly passed away in an aircraft accident in 2010.

Mr. Perles has handled a number of cases before Supreme Court of the United States, 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 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 of the United States.

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 a multi-forum contract disputes.

Mr. Perles frequently lectures at law schools and to groups of lawyers about his practice. He has lectured to law students and lawyers at the University of Chicago, American University, Harvard University, University of California at Hastings, the University of Michigan, Stanford University, and business schools at the Sophia International University School of Business in Tokyo Japan and Stanford University. Mr. Perles has taught a course that explores the complex jurisdictional issues arising in the field of anti-terrorism litigation at the William & Mary Law School for several years. Most recently, Mr. Perles has given several lectures on the evolution of anti-terrorism civil litigation at several conferences for national crime victims’ groups.

Mr. Perles is 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.

edEdward MacAllister is active in the firm’s civil litigation matters and has been primarily involved in the firm’s appellate litigation and motions practice. He has drafted and argued motions and appellate briefs for the firm’s clients in a variety of matters. Mr. MacAllister’s practice involves proceedings before federal courts at both the district court level and the appellate level. Edward earned a history degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and a JD from the George Washington Law School.

edEmily Amick works on federal and appellate litigation matters as well as policy issues related to the firm’s cases. She was previously counsel to Senator Charles E. Schumer, working on issues such as terrorism, gun control and surveillance. Prior to working on the Hill, Emily was an attorney at Sanctuary for Families in New York City, where she provided legal representation to human trafficking victims and was the legislative director of the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition. Emily attended Wellesley College, holds an MA in journalism from University of Alabama, a JD from Columbia University School of Law and an LLM in international criminal law from the University of Amsterdam.