Hagit Elul is a partner in the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, practicing in the fields of litigation and arbitration. Ms. Elul has served as counsel in arbitrations under all major institutional rules.  Ms. Elul has represented international clients in a wide array of contract and licensing disputes involving financial services, energy, pharmaceutical, construction, and professional services.  She has also advised sovereigns on public international law matters and investment and bilateral treaty disputes.  Ms. Elul has also served as an expert witness on New York law in proceedings in other countries.

Ms. Elul writes and speaks widely on the subject of arbitration.  She has been named as a Rising Star in international arbitration in the 2014 Legal 500, recognized as a Rising Star in the 2013 Commercial Arbitration Expert Guide and as a “name to know” by Global Arbitration Review.

Ms. Elul also has an active appellate practice, which includes her service on the Second Circuit Pro Bono Panel.  After graduating cum laude from Columbia Law School, Ms. Elul clerked for the United States District Court.


  • Representation of international pharmaceutical companies in disputes arising out of M&A transactions, joint ventures, joint development and joint promotion agreements, license agreements, and distribution agreements
  • Representation of South American energy company in dispute over supply of natural gas
  • Representation of uranium supplier in dispute over breach of supply agreement
  • Representation of engineering contractor in dispute over oil platform design
  • Representation of South American state-owned gas conglomerate in dispute with natural gas supplier
  • Representation of U.N. entity in dispute with South American Advise South American sovereign on investment treaty claims
  • Representation of Turkish company in dispute with Albanian governmental entity over construction of highway
  • Representation of wind energy manufacturer in dispute relating to Mexican wind farm
  • Representation of United States wind turbine manufacturer in $100 million breach of contract dispute
  • Representation of Hong Kong accounting firm in $500 million auditor’s negligence claim
  • Representation of Indian renewable energy company in dispute with component supplier
  • Representation of global professional services network in dispute with member firm over internal governance rules
  • Representation of Indian technology company in dispute with U.S. company over acquisition agreement
  • Representation of Georgian company in dispute with Russian company over acquisition of water bottling plant


  • Representation of South American sovereign on claim before International Court of Justice
  • Representation of engineering company in litigation to compel arbitration
  • Representation of Chinese investment firm in litigation to compel arbitration
  • Representation of foreign bank in contract and fraud claim
  • Representation of wind turbine supplier in successful defense against $60 million and $100 million attachment proceedings
  • Representation of Lithuanian investment bank in dispute with Russian aluminum company over alumina purchase agreement
  • Representation of foreign bank in money laundering claim brought by U.S. government
  • Representation of auction house in contract dispute
  • Representation of Italian construction company in dispute with BVI oil refinery concerning construction of oil platform

Practice Areas


Commercial Litigation


Education Information

Columbia Law School, J.D., 1999,

cum laude

University of California at Berkeley, B.A.,1994 with Honors

Bar Admissions

New York, 2004

California, 2000


United States



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