Thomas Vandenabeele

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Kellner Herlihy Getty & Friedman LLP New York, New York
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Born and raised in France, Thomas P. Vandenabeele received a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Laws from the University of Lille 2, France, and his LL.M. from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. He represents individual and corporations including a variety of French entities in commercial litigation matters in the United States and is president of the French American Bar Association. He also serves as General Counsel of the French Consulate General in New York (“Avocat-conseil aupres du consulat general de France à New York”). He is also an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law and a Visiting Professor at EDHEC Business School, Lille, France.

Mr. Vandenabeele represents French businesses and individuals in their commercial litigations in the United States. He also obtains recognition and enforcement of foreign money judgments in New York.

Mr. Vandenabeele practices complex commercial litigation with a focus on bank fraud, money laundering, investigations and hidden asset recovery, which cross international jurisdictions to include, France, Switzerland, the British Virgin Islands, Panama, and Liechtenstein. Mr. Vandenabeele has been part of a team that obtained a $264 million judgment in a high-profile matter, representing French interests that allege loan monies and collateral were fraudulently stolen using a web of offshore entities and accounts. Mr. Vandenabeele also frequently lectures on international litigation topics.

Mr. Vandenabeele is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University, School of law, where he teaches the class of "doing business in the E.U." He is also a Visiting Professor at EDHEC Business School, Lille, France.

J.D. (“maitrise”), Universite de Lille II, Lille, France 1999
Master of Laws (“D.E.A”) concentrating on the European Construction issues, Universite de Lille II, Lille, France 2001
LL.M, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis

Bar Admissions
New York State, 2006
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Since 2008, Mr. Vandenabeele has been serving as President of the French American Bar Association (") that he co-founded in 2007.
He is also a Board Member of the Committee of French Speaking Societies (, of Union des Francais de l’Etranger (; as well as a member of American Society of Le Souvenir Francais ( And of l’Association des Cadres de Reserve Francais aux Etats Unis (ACREFEU) (


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