As sanctions against Russian companies and those doing business with Russian entities grow daily, the role of lawyers is increasingly in the spotlight, including pressure to drop their Russian clients. And the fate of American lawyers practicing in Moscow is even more problematic.
Fourteen major business law firms operating in Texas also have more than 200 attorneys in their Moscow offices. Companies such as BP and Shell have in-house lawyers who live and practice in Russia. In addition, several large Russian companies, such as Lukoil, hire dozens of Texas lawyers to handle legal issues related to contractual agreements, financial transactions and international arbitration.