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Carl H. Perdue

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Phone: (561) 361-6566
Fax: (561) 361-6466

1801 N Military Trail, #160
Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Carl H. Perdue is the firm’s Senior Counsel and a partner in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton offices. Mr. Perdue heads the firm’s Europe and Middle East Practice. Mr. Perdue’s Flagship Practice areas are Capital Markets and Finance, Corporate Organization and Governance, Government and Regulatory Compliance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Venture Capital and Private Equity, and Crisis Management.

With over 40 years of business experience and law practice, Mr. Perdue has lived in Washington, DC, San Francisco, California, London, and in the Middle East. Doing deals in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and in the Far East. Industries served: international agri-business, banking and finance, computer hardware and software, energy and petrochemicals, franchising, infrastructure and plant construction, insurance, ocean shipping, metals production, telecommunications.

A transactional lawyer, experienced also in criminal and civil trials and appeals, mediation, and arbitration, Mr. Perdue’s has led innumerable high-value corporate and financial deals. One transaction was named “Deal of the Year” by International Finance; another “Project Finance Loan of the Year” by the International Finance Review. The Middle East Economic Digest said his Deal Team’s negotiating style and approach “altered the rules of the game in the (Arabian) Gulf’s international credit market.”

Professional Qualifications

Mr. Perdue is admitted to practice in District of Columbia, the States of Florida and Texas, the US Supreme Court, District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the US Court of Federal Claims. He is a certified Florida Circuit Civil and Appellate Mediator and a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) public-arbitrator.

Professional Education

Following his United States Marine Corps service, Mr. Perdue attended the State University of New York at Buffalo; where he was awarded the Bachelor of Science (Sociology), the Masters Social Sciences (International Law and International Relations), and Juris Doctor degrees. He later attended the University of Miami, School of Law at Coral Gables, Florida, and was awarded the LLM degree (Ocean and Coastal Law). During his academic career, Mr. Perdue won (by competitive examination) a New York State War Service Scholarship, was Graduate Assistant to the Dean of Social Sciences, a Hartford Insurance casualty underwriter, and, a law firm “law clerk” worked on criminal and civil trials and appeals.

Career History

Mr. Perdue’s professional career began with the Honorable Otis R. Bowen, MD, Governor of Indiana appointing him “Staff Assistant to the Governor.” As liaison to State Agency heads, he advised on legal, legislative, and regulatory matters, resolved administrative issues and inter-agency conflicts, and otherwise represented the Governor at public functions. Mr. Perdue organized and led the Governor’s Voluntary Action Program; a community-based initiative continuing to support Indiana’s Volunteer Service Organizations. He was later appointed Assistant Director, State of Indiana Office and as liaison to the Executive and the Congress, and to public policy groups like the National Governors Association and the Council of State Governments.

In President Gerald Ford’s Administration, Mr. Perdue was appointed General Counsel of the, Commission on Federal Paperwork where he helped design and manage the organization’s operations and Studies Program.The Commission’s bi-partisan membership included Senate and House Members, the US Comptroller General, the Internal Revenue Service Director, the Indiana Governor, and public members. Over 500 regulatory and cost-reduction proposals were officially adopted; including the 1980 Paperwork Reduction Act which established the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairsoverseeing and establishing federal agencies' information collection policies and procedures. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 not only confirmed that authority, but also extended it over not only agency orders to provide information to the government, but also agency orders to provide information to the public.

Mr. Perdue later joined Castle & Cooke, Inc.; a diversified Fortune-134 Company with worldwide production and marketing operations. The Company was best known under its “Dole Foods” and “Standard Fruit” tradenames. As Director, Domestic Government Relations, he established the Company’s lobbying and legislative advocacy agenda, its Regulatory Compliance Program, and its Senior Management Issues Management initiatives. He also established one of the nation’s first shareholder-focused political action committees. Mr. Perdue later named Director, International Government Relations with extensive cross-border responsibilities.

In the Arabian Gulf Region for nearly 20 years, Mr. Perdue was Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of Ismail Nazer; a prominent corporate law firm associated with Washington, DC’s Patton, Boggs, and Blow and New York’s Chadbourne & Parke. The Firm was Saudi Aramco’s, and Mr. Perdue represented several international energy, petrochemical, construction, and commercial companies and financial institutions doing business in Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf.Subsequently, and for 16 years, he was the C-level legal advisor to Saudi Basic Industries Corporation’s (SABIC), its 17 operating affiliates, and its Marketing subsidiary operating in over 100 countries. SABIC (the world’s largest chemicals producer) is 70% government-owned, it is 205th on Fortune’s Global 500 and 98th on Forbes 2000 rankings of the world’s largest companies. Mr. Perdue also was expatriate leader of the Company’s Corporate Acquisition and Corporate Finance Teams, and during the Gulf Wars, handled crisis management and Force Majeure issues.

In 2003, Mr. Perdue became Partner in the Miami firm of Ferrell, Schultz, Carter, & Fertel. He headed the Washington, DC Office, managed the Firm’s Latin American and Middle East offices, its International Finance and Government Relations practices, and its Asset Recovery and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Teams. After the Firm’s dissolution, Mr. Perdue joined Assouline & Berlowe, PA as its Senior Counsel and Partner.


LL.M., University of Miami School of Law, 1978
Ocean and Coastal Law

J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1973
Law Office Clerkships, 1970-1973

M.S.S., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1970
International Law & Relations
Graduate Assistant to the Dean

B.S., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1969
New York State Competitive War Service Scholarship

Bar Admissions District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Memberships and Affiliations

Florida Bar Senior Lawyers Committee

American Bar Association

International Bar Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Formerly, Republican Executive Committee of Palm Beach County

Notable Reported Cases, Transactions, & Activities

Appellate Litigation

  • U.S. v. Hoker, 483 F2d 359, 5th Cir. (1973); Brief on Summary Calendar, 117 Citations

International Litigation

  • civil and criminal actions, including a $100 million asset recovery
  • U.S Federal Court, $400 million intellectual property action

International Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration

  • agency and distribution
  • construction
  • commercial and maritime
  • corporate and project syndicated loan workouts
  • management contracts
  • non-performing commercial credits

International Transactions

  • aircraft acquisition up to $50 million
  • corporate acquisitions up to 2.3 billion Euros
  • corporate and project finance up to 2.3 billion Euros
  • chemical, oil, steel, fertilizer, and aluminum plants; housing; infrastructure projects
    • 17 operating affiliates, $25 Billion plus
  • headquarters Building construction $100 million
  • non-performing commercial, corporate, and project loan workouts, up to $450 million
  • maritime transportation
    • chemical tanker acquisitions
    • charter party and ocean cargo contracts and claims

International Government Investigations

  • US Anti-dumping Law
  • European Union Competition Law

Domestic & International Crisis Management

  • Corporate Team, Foreign Hostage Event
  • C-level Corporate and Affiliate Advisor, Gulf War
  • Public Affairs Advisor, Corporate Critics
Previous Experience

Ferrel, Schultz, Carter & Fertel, Maimi, Florida
Resident Head, Washington, DC Office

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Riyadh, KSA
Legal Advisor

Law Offices of Ismail Nazer, Al Khobar, KSA
Managing Attorney

Castle & Cooke, Inc., San Francisco, California
Director, Government Relations

Commission on Federal Paperwork, Washington, D.C.
General Counsel

Office of the Governor of Indiana
Indiana Washington D.C Office. Assistant Director
Staff Assistant to the Governor, Indianapolis, Indiana

Publications, Teaching & Speeches
  • “Solving the Inherent Discovery Problems in International Arbitration, South Florida Legal Guide, "co-author
  • Lecturer, Golden Gate University, Graduate School of Business, San Francisco, California
    • Administrative Law
    • “Role of Law in Public Administration; PhD Seminar
  • Speaking engagements
    • public policy presentations on behalf of the Governor of Indiana
    • government relations remarks to private and public groups
  • Florida Dispute Resolution Center Conference (8/1/2015), Acknowledging the 13th Player: Cultural, Economic, and Institutional Conflict and Bias in Complex, High Value Cases
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitrator
  • Florida Certified Civil Court Mediator
  • Florida Certified Appellate Mediator
  • Florida Qualified Arbitrator
Honors and Rankings
  • Florida Lawyers Guide: Florida's Top Lawyers
  • International Finance: “Deal of the Year Award”
  • International Financial Review: “Project Finance Loan of the Year”
  • Middle East Economic Digest, Banking Survey: altered "rules of the game" in the Gulf's international credit market”.
  • U.S. Marine Corps: Honorable Service
  • ABA, International Construction Arbitration Institute, 2010
  • NACDL-Stetson School of Law, White Collar Crime College, Certificate, 2011
  • American University, Washington College of Law
    • International Commercial Arbitration Summer Program, Certificate, 2012
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