Athan Tsimpedes is the founder of Tsimpedes Law Firm. He has enjoyed success in a variety of complex cases involving international and civil litigation. Athan has appeared on various media and news outlets involving cases from McDonald's french fries litigation to the notorious DC Madam, Julio Iglesaias, former NY Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, as well as human rights cases and consumer actions..
His firm was involved in the landmark case of Kirkham v. Air France 429 F3d. 288 (DC Cir. 2005) and covered in the Fall 2006 edition of ATLA, where the framework of suing a foreign nation before US courts for acts outside of the US borders was established. He was able to successfully represent his client in US courts against the nation of France. Mrs. Kirkham, a U.S. resident, suffered severe personal injuries in France when in transit between connecting flights. Athan, as her attorney, was able to show that a ticket purchased by Mrs. Kirkham in the U.S. to fly to France gave rise to a duty of care and provided the necessary nexus to the District of Columbia to obtain jurisdiction over Air France and thereby the nation of France (majority shareholder of Air France) in the United Stated District Court in Washington, DC.
The current legal precedent for commercial activity exception has been set largely due to this landmark case and allows lawsuits to go forward against those entities outside the United States that would hide behind their flag and country. Athan is licensed in the District of Columbia and the states of NJ and MD; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Ninth and Federal Circuits; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, District of Columbia, District of New Jersey and the Western District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the United States Supreme Court.