Charles ('Rick') Talisman serves as our Assistant General Counsel. On behalf of his clients, Rick has appeared in federal and state courts throughout the US, handling a broad array of complex, high-risk matters from the pre-litigation investigation stage through trial and appeal. He frequently assists clients in complex commercial litigation matters, including antitrust, banking, RICO, securities fraud and international disputes.

    Rick has particular experience dealing with civil litigation matters that involve potential criminal or investigative proceedings. He works with clients to fashion strategies that will achieve their objectives in both arenas, and in conducting internal investigations. His experience includes teaming with sophisticated experts and private investigators to develop an approach that will obtain the best results for his clients.

    Rick frequently assists clients in litigating cross-border disputes, including cases involving foreign governments where matters of sovereign immunity are at issue. He has handled disputes and investigations arising from client activities in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Europe and Central America, and often works with foreign lawyers to achieve multijurisdictional solutions.

    Rick currently serves as Chairman of the District of Columbia Bar Global Legal Practice Committee. He previously served from 2012 to 2019 on the District of Columbia Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee.

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    • Zappia Middle East Construction v. Government of Abu Dhabi – successfully defended foreign government against expropriation claims.
    • Starlight International, Inc. v. Herlihy – obtained multimillion dollar fraud judgment against defendants in the US, the UK, and the Netherlands, and worked with prosecutors to secure criminal prosecution of principal defendant in the US.
    • EA Oil Service v. Mobil – secured dismissal of interference with contract claims based on the law of Turkmenistan.


    • Stanford Law School, J.D., 1982
    • Duke University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1979


    • District of Columbia, 1982


    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th and D.C. Circuits
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    • United States Supreme Court

    • “Combating Prime Bank and Hi-Yield Investment Fraud: Litigation and Post-Litigation Strategies,” Institute of International Banking Law and Practice.

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