About Me

I’m Ted Folkman. I am a lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts and the founder of Folkman LLC. I’ve been practicing law here since 2001. I speak and write regularly on issues of US and transnational procedure.

I am a member of the American Law Institute. I’m also active in the Boston Bar Association, in particular as co-chairman of the international law section and member of the amicus committee, and I am a member of the American Arbitration Association’s national rosters of commercial and consumer arbitrators. In my spare time I am an amateur choral singer and I volunteer with Congregation Kehillath Israel, where I serve as trustee.

If you’d like to get in touch with me, please drop me a line!

About Letters Blogatory

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Letters Blogatory is, as far as I know, the first blog to treat international judicial assistance as a blog-worthy topic in its own right. What do I mean by international judicial assistance? Well, there is international law, and then there is private international law, and within private international law there are the areas of law that have to do with how you can go about getting judicial authorities in one state to take actions on your behalf in aid of a proceeding in another state. That’s what I mean by international judicial assistance. Letters Blogatory covers international judicial assistance in civil and commercial cases. In particular, we cover:

  • Service of process abroad, including service under the Hague Service Convention
  • Obtaining evidence abroad for use in the United States, including proceedings under the Hague Evidence Convention
  • Obtaining evidence in the United States for use abroad, including proceedings under the judicial assistance statute
  • Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments
  • Recognition and enforcement of international arbitral awards, including awards under the New York Convention

Letters Blogatory was honored as one of the 100 best legal blogs by the ABA Journal in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

I hear from readers from time to time, so I have a sense of who you are: Letters Blogatory reaches practicing lawyers in the United States and abroad, in law firms big and small, in in-house legal departments, and in government agencies. It reaches academics, journalists, and fellow law bloggers. And it reaches law students from countries and legal traditions around the world.

About Folkman LLC

Folkman LLC practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, including cross-border litigation and foreign sovereign litigation, and international judicial assistance, including taking evidence in the United States for use abroad (Section 1782), taking evidence abroad for use in the United States, recognition and enforcement of judgments and awards, and international service of process. I also serve as an arbitrator in commercial cases.

I hope you find Letters Blogatory useful! If you have comments on the blog, suggestions for improvement, or would like to contribute as a guest writer, please let me know.