Luka Misetic

Luka S. Misetic


Luka Misetic is an international lawyer with extensive experience before international tribunals. With more than 18 years of trial experience, Luka has a national and international practice which focuses on representation of individuals, corporations and governments in complex commercial, civil, international criminal and international arbitration cases.

He advises sovereigns in international legal matters pending before ICSID, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice and various other international tribunals. He also continues to represent clients in domestic litigation, including breach of contract, fraud and partnership disputes.

Luka’s work in The Hague (where he lived for two years) as lead counsel defending Croatian General Ante Gotovina before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia garnered worldwide attention. He was the youngest attorney ever to defend a case before an international criminal tribunal, and he was profiled in various publications including The New York Times and Chicago Lawyer.

He also represents clients in state, federal and international litigation, including commercial, civil, white-collar criminal and international criminal cases. Luka represents corporations and partnerships, as well as their directors, officers and partners in breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims, regulatory matters, trade secrets claims, fraud and negligence suits, and a variety of other claims.

Globus Magazine (Zagreb, Croatia weekly) has named him “one of the 100 Most Influential Croatians in the World.” And in 2013, he received the Croatian-American Bar Association’s Vinodol Code Award in recognition of his distinguished legal career and outstanding contribution to the Croatian-American community.


  • Representing Croatia in two multibillion-dollar disputes pending before ICSID and the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. 
  • Obtained a full acquittal in representation of Croatian General Ante Gotovina as lead counsel before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
  • Served as lead defense counsel in representation of Bosnian Croat Anto Furundzija before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. 
  • Represented Croatia in dispute against Serbia before the International Court of Justice and obtained a dismissal of all claims against Croatia.
  • Secured a multimillion dollar recovery in US District Court for German plaintiff victimized in international fraud and money laundering scheme.
  • Represented the former Soviet Republic of Tajikistan in defense of breach of contract action.
  • Defended a large US contractor in a case alleging violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Secured multimillion dollar recovery for plaintiff in defamation action against major US law firm.


  • University of Notre Dame, J.D., cum laude, 1996
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1992


  • New York, 2014
  • Illinois, 1996


  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Illinois
  • International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, The Hague, Netherlands


  • English
  • Croatian

  • Quoted, “ICTY Hague Court in Turmoil Amid Claims of Manipulation,” BBC, June 19, 2013
  • Quoted, “UN Fights Release of War Crimes Suspect,” New York Times, August 23, 2007 
  • Author, Op-Ed, “Try Gotovina in Europe,” Wall Street Journal, October 3, 2005
  • Quoted, “What Did The CIA Know?” Newsweek, August 27, 2001
  • Speaker, “Sacrificing the Rights of the Accused for the Success of International Criminal Justice,” Conference on International Criminal Defence in the Hague, November 2000
  • Featured, “Rights of the Despised,” The American Prospect, August 14, 2000
  • Radio interview, “The World,” Public Radio International, March 3, 2000
  • Featured, “The Young Lawyers: Misetic Tackles War Crimes Case,” Chicago Lawyer, March 1999
  • Appearance, “All Things Considered,” National Public Radio, December 10, 1998