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As head of Validity’s Israel office and a member of Validity’s New York office, Eli helps law firms and companies in Israel, the U.S., and around the world manage risk associated with U.S. commercial litigation and international arbitration.
Drawing upon his 22-year career as a lawyer – during which he was repeatedly recognized by Chambers and The Legal 500 among leading dispute-resolution practitioners worldwide – Eli provides unique perspective on Israeli parties’ needs in international disputes. As co-founder of the boutique firm Schulman & Charish LLP, with affiliates in New York and Israel over the past decade, Eli has first-hand experience using litigation funding. He has represented Israeli clients from a diverse range of the country’s dynamic high-tech sector, as well as Israeli clients in traditional industries, in U.S. business litigation and international arbitration. He has also advised the State of Israel.
Active in the global international-arbitration community, Eli is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the IBA Arbitration Committee, and the New York International Arbitration Center. He has guest lectured on international arbitration at Harvard Law School and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Eli has deep experience with complex commercial disputes. He has represented Fortune 100 companies, start-ups, and individuals; handled international arbitration, as well as pre-trial, trial, and appellate litigation; presided, per court appointment, over international discovery; and worked on hourly, contingency, and funded bases.
Earlier in his career, Eli clerked for Judge Michael B. Mukasey of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He worked at Cahill Gordon in New York and Kellogg Hansen in Washington, D.C. He also served in the Department of International Affairs at the Israeli Ministry of Justice.
A former Fulbright fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Eli is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School.