Carole Sportes is a partner who leads our International Dispute Resolution department of the Paris office.

    Carole is specialized in the areas of insurance/reinsurance, aviation and product liability litigation. She acts for major air carriers, international insurers and pharmaceutical companies.

    Carole began her career in 1995 as a corporate lawyer in Paris at a multinational professional services group. She then decided to turn to a litigation practice and joined in 1998 the Litigation and Insurance department of a global law firm.

    Before joining the firm in January 2015, Carole co-founded and contributed for 10 years to the development of a French boutique law firm in Paris.

    Carole actively contributes to debates on product liability. She is co-author of the French chapter for the ICGL publications Class & Group Actions Guide and Product Liability Guide. She is also the exclusive author for France of the Aviation Law Review.

    Clients working with Carole are sensitive to her extensive experience in dealing with high-value, catastrophic injury cases; her extensive experience in dealing with technical and complex matters; and her extensive experience in handling mass tort litigation and correlative ability to craft and ensure coherent strategy of defense in multidistrict litigations.

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    Insurance

    • Advising and representing a major international insurer in a large litigation against a European insurer relating to a coverage issue applicable to an entire portfolio.
    • Advising and representing a European middle-size insurer in handling the run-off of a property and casualty insurance French portfolio.

    Product Liability

    • Representing a major European pharmaceutical company in the massive French litigation concerning the drug DES.
    • Representing one of the most preeminent industrial companies in a large litigation concerning the Lyme syndrome.
    • Advising and representing a US manufacturer of medical devices in multidistrict product liability proceedings.

    Aviation

    • Sharm El Sheikh accident – January 2004: representing Flash Airlines, its insurers and reinsurers (148 fatalities, 650 claims) before the French courts.
    • The Airbus A 320 crash in Perpignan – November 2008: representing Air New Zealand in the current judicial investigations and criminal proceedings.
    • Handling of cargo and passengers’ claims for European Airlines.

    Education

    • CAPA, 1995
    • Université de Montpellier, Business Law School/DEA, Droit privé, 1994
    • Université de Montpellier, Maîtrise en Droit privé, 1993

    Admissions

    • Paris, 1995

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • IAWA – International Aviation Women’s Association
    • SFDAS – Société Française de Droit Aérien et Spatial
    • AIDA – Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances

    Languages

    • French
    • English
    • Carole Sportes is recommended in the Who’s Who Legal Insurance and Reinsurance 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
    • Carole Sportes is among the few recommended lawyers in France by The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 for insurance and aviation.
    • Carole Sportes is listed in the Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers 2016.
    • Carole Sportes is ranked by Chambers Europe 2018 in France Transportation – Aviation Band 3.
    • Carole Sportes was listed by Best Lawyers 2017 in the practice area of Transportation Law.

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