Tara PlochockiPartner at Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss (USA)
Ms. Plochocki is an experienced advocate who focuses her practice on complex transnational disputes, both at the trial and appellate levels. She has a proven track record in international judgment enforcement and asset recovery and has prevailed in contested applications for evidence for use in foreign proceedings pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 and won recognition of disputed international arbitral awards. Ms. Plochocki’s matters have included high-profile, multi-jurisdictional financial frauds and insolvencies, in which she has represented investors, shareholders, individual executives, and corporations. She devises and implements strategies to identify and attach assets across jurisdictions and hidden within complex corporate schemes. Representative matters include representation of a Saudi Arabian conglomerate in civil litigation concerning complex financial service fraud totaling in excess of $10 billion, obtaining recognition of $24.5 million arbitral award on behalf of Hong Kong corporation against Tajik state-owned enterprise, and representation of a minority shareholder in a derivative suit seeking recovery of misappropriated corporate assets.
During her career, Ms. Plochocki has developed expertise in sovereign immunity and the state secrets privilege and the application of these doctrines to claims arising under commercial, constitutional, and international law. She also litigates the limits of the extraterritorial application of U.S. law and jurisdiction, and regularly counsels international clients on potential U.S. civil and criminal liability, including U.S. sanctions. She has successfully defended clients from allegations of material support for terrorism and achieved favorable resolutions for clients facing exposure to liability in the United States for business and financial activities conducted abroad.
Alongside her commercial work, Ms. Plochocki also litigates U.S. national security abuses. She recently prevailed in U.S. federal court to secure the release of a detainee held without charge by U.S. authorities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.