Carlos Gonzalez

Cross Border and Complex Litigation
(212) 837-2600
Location: New York, NY
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Carlos F. Gonzalez is a trial and appellate lawyer with a broad civil and criminal practice. Mr. Gonzalez has appeared before state and federal courts across the United States, as well as arbitral tribunals in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Carlos has represented individual and corporate clients, including senior corporate officers and directors, in high-stakes and complex litigation matters. Many of Carlos’ civil matters involve the prosecution or defense of cases involving violations of the civil RICO law as well as allegations of fraud, improper asset transfers, breach of contract, business torts (including slander, libel, and defamation) and partnership disputes.

As part of his civil practice, Carlos frequently represents clients in cross-border disputes. He has significant international experience working with clients throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and other global markets. Mr. Gonzalez devotes a substantial portion of his international practice to the prosecution of lawsuits under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which allows private individuals to bring actions against foreign nations. Carlos has litigated cases against a variety of foreign states and state-owned enterprises in matters arising from commercial disputes to the expropriation of private property. Additionally, Carlos often assists clients with the coordination of multi-jurisdictional or cross-border disputes and has led international teams of lawyers investigating legal claims outside of the United States.

In addition to his civil practice, Carlos is an experienced criminal defense attorney. He regularly represents individual clients in a variety of white collar criminal matters, typically involving financial crimes, including securities, healthcare, bank, and wire fraud, as well as allegations of money laundering. Carlos has also represented foreign and domestic clients involved in internal investigations as well as those led by various state and federal law enforcement agencies. Additionally, Carlos represents clients in de-listing proceedings before the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC).


  • Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law
  • Emory University
  • Middlebury College’s Arabic Language School


  • Representing nearly 100 hundred U.S. investors in expropriation action against the Republic of Honduras under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
  • Prosecuted a claim on behalf of a class of investors under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to recover damages in excess of $900 million dollars following the Argentina Bond default.
  • Prosecuting a civil fraud action on behalf of a real-estate investment fund against a group of individuals and their corporations to recover damages in excess of $10 million.
  • Defended the founder of a technology start-up against allegations that he committed wire fraud in connection with an early-stage investment by third-party venture capitalists.
  • Represented a Texas-based orchid grower in a case of first-impression regarding a violation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Specials of Wild Fauna and Flora.
  • Representing a putative class of female student athletes challenging their university’s historic practice of violating Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.
  • Defended the CEO of a privately held corporation in state-led investigation into fraud and corruption at a major U.S. international airport.
  • Represented a former member of Venezuela’s intelligence agency in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit to collect a multi-million dollar reward offered by the Government of Peru for the location and arrest of fugitive spy-chief, Vladimiro Montesinos.
  • Representing well-known Los Angeles-based photographer in multi-million-dollar lawsuit against a New York-based investment group and its two high-profile managers.