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Pierre Cournot

International Cross-Border and France Practices Leader
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  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

B.A., Trinity College

J.D., Syracuse University

Pierre is a French-born and U.S.-trained business lawyer. For 35 years, he has helped businesses and high-net-worth individuals from civil law countries understand and enter the U.S. common law legal system. Pierre’s experience facilitates his analyses of his clients’ goals and enables him to make and explain suggestions that are appropriate for the U.S. market. He applies a risk-sensitive approach to commercial agreements, licenses of intellectual property, formation and governance of legal entities, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate matters. He is general counsel (avocat-conseil) to the French Consulate General in New York. He is consulted regularly by several French ministries and administrative agencies regarding legal problems in the United States.

At a previous firm, Pierre represented first the French government and then the families of 15 of the French victims of the TWA flight 800 air crash in order to obtain appropriate compensation from the U.S. defendant. Pierre also forced the return of a 13th century Hebrew manuscript stolen from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Recently, Pierre and his team managed a request for bids that resulted in the highest price ever paid for a cooperative apartment in New York City.

Pierre is a regular lecturer to businesses and attorneys in France and the United States on a broad range of legal topics. For several years, Pierre taught a class at the law school of Rennes Université 1 in France.


Pierre is a knight in the French Order of the Legion of Honor and in the French National Order of Merit.

Professional Associations

  • Foreign trade advisor to French Republic (Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur)
  • Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association
  • PME Committee member and former board member of the French American Chamber of Commerce
  • New York State Bar Association International Law Section

Community & Pro Bono

Pierre is a board member and former president of the Union des Français de l'Etranger and a member of the Electoral Commission of the French Consulate General in New York. Pierre has represented numerous French individuals on a pro-bono or reduced-fee basis as well as several charitable associations within the French community.