Svetlana M. Nagiel



Bar Admissions

State Bar of California

State Bar of New York

Previous Employment

Irell & Manella LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton


J.D., Columbia University School of Law, Stone Scholar

A.B., Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors

Svetlana Nagiel is experienced in commercial litigation, representing clients in contract disputes, fraud, and unfair competition matters. She has litigated cases in the Superior Court of California, Central District of California, Eastern District of Texas, Southern District of New York Second Circuit, and the London Court of International Arbitration. Prior to joining private practice, Svetlana clerked in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of New York for the Hon. Joseph F. Bianco as well as Justice Sonia Sotomayor when she sat on the Second Circuit. Svetlana is fluent in both Russian and Spanish.


An Overlooked Gateway to Victim Compensation: How States Can Provide a Forum for Human Rights Claims, 46 Colum. J. Transnat’l L. 133:  Recipient of the Dorsey & Whitney Note Award in Comparative & International Law