Luka Misetic is an international lawyer with extensive experience before international tribunals. With more than 20 years of trial experience, Luka has a national and international practice that focuses on representation of individuals, corporations and governments in complex commercial, civil, international criminal and international arbitration cases.

    Luka 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. He and his team recently secured a complete victory for the Republic of Kosovo in a €380 million claim brought before ICSID.

    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 lawyer ever to defend a case before an international criminal tribunal, and 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.” In addition, in 2013, Luka 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.

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    • Secured a complete victory as counsel for the Republic of Kosovo before ICSID in ACP Axos Capital GmbH vs. Republic of Kosovo, concerning alleged breaches of 1989 bilateral investment treaty between Germany and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The ICSID tribunal dismissed all claims and ordered the claimant to pay Kosovo all costs incurred as a result of the arbitration.
    • Represents Croatia in a billion-dollar dispute over Energy Charter Treaty claim pending before ICSID in MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas vs. Republic of Croatia.
    • Counsel for the Republic of Estonia before ICSID in AS Tallinna Vesi vs. Republic of Estonia, concerning alleged breaches of bilateral investment treaty between Estonia and the Netherlands.
    • Obtained 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, the 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 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

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    • 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

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