Firm Profile > KARBAL & CO > Washington DC, United States

KARBAL & CO
1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW #200
Washington DC 20006
United States

Karbal & Co’s Washington D.C. office is one of the few law firms within the United States which provides legal services on the laws of the Middle East and North Africa. Through our law firm in Washington, D.C., our legal consultants and lawyers provide clients with legal advice and regulatory reports on the laws of the Middle East and North Africa. For any legal services involving contentious matters on the laws of the Middle East and North Africa, we liaise with leading law firms and our partners to assist our clients with obtaining the best representation possible, whether for litigation or arbitration.

With over eighteen years of experience in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Karbal & Co possesses the expertise to advise the clients on the laws of the Arab Gulf States, most notably the United Arab Emirates. Founded by Dr. Mohamed Karbal, an attorney admitted to practice in New York, Washington D.C., and Libya, Karbal & Co opened its second office in Libya in 2010 and became the first law firm in Libya to employ bilingual western educated/qualified lawyers.

Our managing partner, Dr. Mohamed Karbal, brings over forty years of experience practicing law in both the private and public sectors in the Middle East and has extensive experience in serving as an expert legal witness on Libyan law for high-profile cases tried before courts and arbitration centers in Western jurisdictions, including France, London, U.K, New York, and Switzerland. Dr. Karbal’s experience includes successfully serving as an expert legal witness for the Plaintiff in Belhaj & Another v Straw & Others and for the Respondent in Tekfen-TML Joint Venture v. Man-made River.

Oil & Gas
As a leading oil & gas law firm in Libya, our Libyan lawyers advise clients on all legal matters pertaining to the Libyan oil & gas sector. Karbal & Co has become a trusted source for international clients seeking regulatory advice on the oil & gas laws of Libya and the Middle East and frequently advises governments, national oil companies, chemical engineering companies, and oil field service companies on how to navigate the peculiarities of jurisdictions and regulatory uncertainty following the 2011 Libyan revolution.

Karbal & Co’s commercial transaction experience in the midstream and downstream sectors of the oil industry include the sale and purchase of assets and equipment, matters involving the store and transportation of oil products, international pipeline construction in multiple jurisdictions and project finance, refinery construction, refining processing, and distribution as well as the sale of oil products through multiple parties.

Libyan Administrative Law and Libyan Civil Law
Karbal & Co is one of the most experienced Libyan law firms advising on the areas of both private and public Libyan law, including civil law, administrative and criminal law for international clients including leading law firms, national oil companies, and multinational shipping companies.

Our managing partner, Dr. Mohamed Karbal, has extensive experience in serving as an expert legal witness for high-profile cases involving Libyan law before courts and arbitration centers in Western jurisdictions, including France, London, England U.K, New York, and Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Karbal’s experience includes successfully serving as an expert legal witness resulting in favorable judgments for Karbal & Co’s clients in Belhaj & Another v Straw & Others and Tekfen-TML Joint Venture v. Man-made River, and the case of the merchant ship SWIFT SPINDRIFT involving maritime insurance law before the U.S District Court of the Southern District of New York.

Construction
Karbal & Co’s services relating to construction includes advising clients on public-private partnerships, procurement of construction equipment, labor and employment contracts, corporate compliance and health and safety of work sites, project finance, regulatory compliance, and environmental law. Karbal & Co’s notable experience includes representation of an Australian multinational construction company in multiple construction arbitration cases involving contract claims valued greater than USD 30 million each relating to (i) delays in performance, (ii) acceleration claims, and (iii) changes to work order.

Our arbitration team is headed by our Managing Partner, Dr. Mohamed Karbal, an arbitrator who served as a sole arbitrator in construction claims tried before Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Center (ADCCA).
For foreign multinational construction companies seeking to operate in Libya, we provide legal services for the establishment of a foreign branch in Libya. Through our corporate and commercial practices, we assist foreign companies with all corporate, regulatory, and commercial requirements, from licensing to the procurement of assets.

Maritime Law
With nearly twenty years of experience in jurisdictions with robust maritime industries, Karbal & Co’s main area of practice is maritime law. Karbal & Co offers legal services on all aspects of maritime and shipping law for both contentious and non-contentious matters. In terms of contentious matters, we provide expert legal opinions on Libyan maritime law. Our Managing Partner, Dr. Mohamed Karbal, served as an expert legal witness in a case involving maritime law before the U.S District Court of the Southern District of New York, resulting in a successful judgment in favor of Karbal & Co’s client.

Ship Finance
Karbal & Co’s experience and services in ship finance are extensive, assisting clients for their legal needs relating to the financing of ship purchases, negotiating and preparation of documentation for hire purchase agreements, syndicated loans, and mortgages.

Arrest of ships & Emergencies
Karbal & Co remains a leading law firm with regards to contentious matters on maritime emergencies, including advising on high-profile arrest of ships, collisions, damage to cargo, explosions, and fires.

Commercial and International Trade
As a law firm that specializes in transactional law, Karbal & Co provides services pertaining to maritime commercial transactions, from services for secured transactions to negotiating and drafting the agreements, including shipbuilding and purchase and sale agreements for vessels, assets, and equipment.

As a leading Libyan law firm specializing in commercial law, Karbal & Co’s offers services to multinationals, and has advised on cross-border transactions, inter-company agreements, structuring, financing (loan agreements and secured transactions), and advising on Libyan and Arab gulf States civil and commercial law.

International Human Rights Law
As a leading Libyan law firm with extensive experience in international human rights, Karbal & Co legal services include providing expert legal opinions on Libyan human rights-related laws. Karbal & Co’s most notable experience is successfully providing legal services on Libyan civil and criminal law for the Plaintiff in Belhaj & Another v Straw & Others.

Committed to human rights, Karbal & Co provides expert legal witness services on Libyan law for clients seeking retribution for cases on rendition and war crimes.

Health Care Law
Committed to development, Karbal & Co assists government and private clients with legal matters relating to the health care industry of Libya and the Middle East. Karbal & Co’s lawyers are experts on Libyan and UAE laws relating to health care.

Karbal & Co’s experience is diverse, including providing regulatory advice on health care laws of the UAE and Libya, insurance laws, and administrative and commercial laws. Karbal & Co was retained exclusively to establish a hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the services of which included the incorporation and licensing, the review and the preparation of the agreements for the acquisition of equipment, review of employment and consultancy agreements.

Arbitration
Karbal & Co represents international clients in arbitration cases relating to Libyan law and the laws of different jurisdictions in the Middle East at international arbitration centers across the globe, including the DIFC-LCIA, the International Chamber of Commerce in Geneva, Switzerland, and the London Court of International Arbitration, and the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Center, and Dubai International Arbitration Center.

Corporate law
In various industries, including oil and maritime, Karbal & Co consistently provides excellent legal services to international clients, including incorporation, licensing, registration, and all other services necessary to establish and maintain a presence in Libya and other Middle East countries.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Dr. Mohamed Karbal mohamed@karbal.net 1 (202) 222-0991
Office Manager Amy Garcia amy@karbal.net 1 (202) 222-0991
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Adv Dr Mohamed Karbal  photo Adv Dr Mohamed Karbal Managing Parnter Dr. Mohamed Karbal is an attorney licensed to practice law…
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CLIENT: Palmer Biezup & Henderson LLP (Mr. Daniel H. Wooster)
COMPANY/FIRM: Palmer Biezup & Henderson LLP
TESTIMONIAL:“We engaged Dr. Karbal as an expert witness on Libyan maritime law and practice. He was pleasant to work with, gave prompt and incisive advice, and stood up well to hours of aggressive questioning at deposition. We would not hesitate to engage him again if the need arises.”


CLIENT: The World Bank (Lama Al Jarallah)
COMPANY/FIRM: The World Bank
TESTIMONIAL:“Dr. Mohamed Karbal is a pro bono expert contributor to the World Bank Group’s Doing Business project. Dr. Karbal has participated in the “Contracting with the Government” questionnaire for Libya for the upcoming Doing Business 2021 edition of the annual Doing Business research study. He has answered World Bank Group research questions to determine the applicable legal framework governing public procurement in Libya, and specifically as it applies to the road infrastructure construction and maintenance sector.”


CLIENT: Wiggin and Dana, USA (Mr. Joseph Grasso)
COMPANY/FIRM: Wiggin and Dana, USA
TESTIMONIAL:“I am pleased to provide this reference for Dr. Mohamed Karbal. I was fortunate to work with him (using him as an expert witness on matters of Libyan law) in a large maritime case in Federal Court in New York. We ultimately prevailed on summary judgment on behalf of our clients.

Dr. Karbal is a pleasure to work with; he is intelligent, diligent and thoughtful. His knowledge and understanding of Libyan law and maritime matters is impressive, and his analysis of the issues we dealt with in that context was thorough and insightful.

Dr. Karbal provided invaluable assistance throughout the duration of the case. I would have no hesitation working with him again or recommending him to other lawyers.”

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Karbal & Co is one of the most experienced Libyan law firms offering services to international and domestic clients in various sectors, including oil & gas, maritime, construction, human rights, and international trade.

Karbal & Co’s managing partner, Dr. Mohamed Karbal, brings over forty years of experience practicing law in both the private and public sectors in the Middle East and has extensive experience in serving as an expert legal witness on Libyan law for high-profile cases tried before courts and arbitration centers in Western jurisdictions, including France, London, U.K, New York, and Switzerland. Dr. Karbal’s experience includes successfully serving as an expert legal witness for the Plaintiff in Belhaj & Another v Straw & Others and for the Respondent in Tekfen-TML Joint Venture v. Man-made River. 

 Dr. Mohamed Karbal is licensed attorney in the jurisdictions of Libya, New York, Washington D.C., and Dubai.  He served as an expert legal witness in many famous international cases.  In addition to serving as a sole arbitrator, he represented clients before various international arbitration panels, including the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Centre (ADCCA), the Sugar Association of London, and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).