Dispute Resolution


Portolano Cavallo focuses its litigation practice on its specialties: TMT, data protection, health, life sciences and luxury goods. The team is well versed in litigation and arbitration. Practice heads Micael Montinari and Martina Lucenti are experienced litigators and arbitrators, with experience in ad hoc and managed, domestic and international arbitrations.”
The dispute resolution practice group is ranked by The Lawyer European Awards (“European Litigation team of the year” in 2023), and The Legal 500 EMEA and recognized by sources for its “Professionalism and availability 24/7, precision in the analyses and strategies. They leave nothing to chance” (Legal 500 EMEA 2022).

Portolano Cavallo’s professionals act on the full range of disputes, including complex corporate and commercial issues, as well as intellectual property, antitrust and bankruptcy proceedings, across a broad range of sectors.

The lawyers in our dispute resolution group match sophisticated legal expertise with wide-ranging industry knowledge to address client needs in industries such as digital/media, life sciences, fashion and  luxury.

We are recognized for our ability to think outside the box, tackling the most challenging matters and exploring uncharted innovative solutions. This is particularly important in the context of disputes, where one must be able to balance with care and creativity the pros and cons of court litigation, arbitration and mediation.

This has enabled us to secure favorable court judgments or arbitral awards in more than 8 out of 10 cases. If we include settlements and mediation agreements, our clients have secured positive outcomes more than 9 out 10 times.

Portolano Cavallo actively promotes other forms of dspute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation, depending on clients’ needs, with a view toward finding the best form of dispute resolution for each particular client and their unique situation.

Our attorneys are members of the litigation and dispute resolution committees of professional associations such as the American Bar Association (ABA), International Bar Association (IBA), ICC and INTA. They participate as panelists at domestic and international conferences, and also regularly lecture in law school seminars and clinics.

Our litigation and alternative dispute resolution clients include:

  • Multinational defense, transportation, aerospace and security company
  • Italian 500‐store retail chain
  • Leading Italian food brand
  • Multinational networking equipment corporation
  • US software development and consulting group
  • Leading Italian tour operator
  • Kids’ clothing brand
  • Multinational engineering and technology consulting company
  • Social network
  • World‐leading fashion houses
  • Leading UK newspaper
  • Leading US financial news company
  • International on line travel company
  • Prominent Italian TV broadcaster

For successfully representing their client in a complex and landmark ruling that has significant ramifications in support of restricting harmful social media content, as well as impressive credentials around diversity and innovation, the 2023 European Litigation Team of the Year Award went to Portolano Cavallo"
The main strength of Portolano as a team is its expertise in different areas and know-how in dispute resolution. Their feedback on practical aspects of litigation in Italy provided an edge in comparison with other law firms in Italy."


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