Post-Arab Spring, one lawyer played a prominent role in the Peace Pipeline arbitrations that emerged when Egypt stopped the gas supply flowing into Israel.
He’s known for settling big disputes between large countries. Especially when the dispute involves oil.
International arbitration lawyer, world traveller and now, Brooklynite: Ben Love.
I tracked Ben down because I wanted to know where, a lawyer who works on disputes of this magnitude, goes to chill. He’s practiced international law in Paris/New York (with Freshfields), Houston (with King & Spalding) and he’s back to New York, with Reed Smith. Brooklyn to be exact. It’s the perfect place to meet.
So, what’s the first question you ask a lawyer who’s just obtained a $1.2 billion ICSID Additional Facility award for a mining company against Venezuela?
What his favorite coffee shop is (of course)! Let’s take a moment to stroll through Ben Love’s Brooklyn, by visiting some of his favorite spots.
Ben’s Top Spots in Brooklyn
Books Are Magic. (Bookstore) “This Cobble Hill bookstore is one of my favorite spots to spend time with my kids on the weekend or a weekday evening. It has an impressive collection of literature from a variety of genres, reading nooks in the children’s section, and regularly hosts authors and events on literary topics.”
Sol Coffee. (Coffee Shop) “Excellent coffee and some of the best baked goods around. The owner, Phil, is there every morning to wake the neighborhood up with positive energy and good humor.”
Frankies 457 Sputino. (Restaurant) “From the food, to the ambiance, to the service, this Italian restaurant is hands down the best dining experience in New York. Its neighbor and sister location, Franks Wine Bar, serves up an alternative menu and boasts a truly impressive wine list.”
Being that Ben gave me the scoop on his favorite independent book store, I had to find out what he’s been reading of late.
Julian by Gore Vidal. “In this masterpiece of historical fiction, Vidal tells the story of the 4th century Roman emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus in the form of imagined letters between contemporaries and a fictional first-person account by Julian himself. The degree of verisimilitude that Vidal is able to achieve in such a foreign and ancient context is astonishing.”
Grant by Ron Chernow. “This biography of the general who won the American Civil War and 18th President of the United States is remarkable in scope and offers a well-deserved revision on previous views on Grant’s presidency and personal qualities. I particularly enjoyed the attention paid to Grant’s global travels after his presidency, including his role in mediating a Sino-Japanese dispute over the Ryukyu Islands.”