“Identified as ‘second to none‘ by his international clients” (The Legal 500), and described as “extremely experienced and smart” (European Legal 500) as well as “a brilliant attorney with vast experience in many areas of law” (IAM 300 Strategy), Avi Ordo is widely recognized for the strength, depth and range of his practice, which is unparalleled for its level of expertise, service and diversity. Avi’s roster of clients includes numerous leading multinational corporations and entities (including S&P 500, Global 500 and other publically listed companies) from an array of industries (including pharmaceuticals, health, insurance, government and defence, entertainment and media, aviation and transportation, telecommunications, medical devices and hi-tech), as well as foreign governmental agencies.
Avi’s practice focuses on handling, among others, complex and cross-border technology-related matters and conflicts, particularly in the following areas of law: intellectual property, product liability and torts, professional negligence, contracts, insurance coverage, product recall and private international law.
During more than 27 years of practicing law, Avi has successfully appeared before all levels of Israeli courts and tribunals and has represented clients in many precedent-setting and high-profile cases and disputes. Avi has also represented clients in numerous local and international arbitration and mediation proceedings (including before JAMS, WIPO and ICC). In addition, Avi has developed a stellar reputation for acting and serving as lead counsel in major and multi-jurisdictional disputes involving the litigation of rights in parallel proceedings in different jurisdictions.
In the IP and IT arena, Avi is regarded as “a unique master in IP law” (The Legal 500). Avi provides strategic legal counsel and advice designed to assist international and domestic rights holders from an array of industries in the ownership, use, enforcement, protection, freedom to operate, registration and commercialisation of their valuable intellectual property in today’s rapidly changing markets. Avi is a specialist in all areas of IP law, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and designs. He also heads the firm’s Trademarks and Designs Prosecution Department.
Avi has been consistently ranked by prominent international legal directories – including Chambers, The Legal 500, IAM Strategy 300, IAM Patent 1000, IP Stars, WTR 1000, Who’s Who Legal (Patents and Trademarks) and the International Law Office’s Client Choice award – as one of Israel’s leading IP lawyers.
These publications describe him as: a “top litigator”, “extremely bright, thorough, resourceful and commercial … plus, his cross-examination skills are simply second to none. On a scale of one to five stars, he must get six”, “able to foresee the next steps quite brilliantly in each case”, “a true standalone lawyer in the Israeli market and an absolute pleasure to work with”. They conclude by noting: “If you want to win a case, you better have Avi at your side”; “you won’t find a better strategist for winning a patent case and accomplishing your commercial objectives”; and that “quite simply, [Avi is] the first trademark practitioner in the country to spring to mind for many of his peers”.
In the product liability, professional negligence, insurance coverage and product recall arenas, Avi has also gained extensive experience in handling (mostly for defendants) complex and high profile matters and claims (including class actions), with potential damages amounting in billions of dollars. As in the field of IP, in these areas Avi has also collaborated with and guided many professional experts (including in complicated technical and scientific fields).
Avi has advised most of the leading international insurance companies on risk management and defending claims on behalf of their respective beneficiaries, as well as disputed coverage claims. He also advises and represents leading international manufacturers and entities across a considerable range of industries. Avi has been involved in product liability cases covering all kinds of damages, bodily or property-related, and a large number of causes of damage, such as fire or failure in design, planning, assembly or installation. Avi has also dealt with numerous product recall cases.
The Legal 500 describes Avi’s teams as a “top-class group of litigation specialists’ [which] represents major international and domestic insurance companies in corporate and commercial disputes, major class actions, subrogation claims and claims relating to professional negligence, medical negligence and personal injury”, and has also called Avi a “significant figure” in the insurance legal market. Chambers Global quoted his clients saying that he “considers arguments in depth and makes prudent judgments under pressure”. Avi was also awarded the lucrative International Law Office’s Client Choice award for litigation in Israel, while quoting his clients describing him as “a true standalone lawyer in the Israeli market and an absolute pleasure to work with”, as well as an attorney who “uniquely combines intelligence, thoroughness, a strong work ethic and the ability to translate the heavy local legal lingo into commercial sense, and his work product is consistently outstanding”. In addition, Avi was chosen by Corporate INTL magazine as Israel’s “Product Liability Lawyer of the Year”.
Avi’s contract law experience includes dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters, such as advising on franchise law issues, as well as representing national and international entities in all kinds of contractual disputes, including with respect to the payment of royalties/licence fees, ownership of intellectual property, and enforcement and termination of distribution, agency and representation agreements.
In the private international law arena Avi has successfully dealt with conflicts regarding the scope of jurisdiction of Israeli courts, challenging the validity of service of court pleadings outside of the Israeli jurisdiction and choice of law clauses. His vast reputation in this field led him to serve as an expert in Israeli law before the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.