Colvin v. Syria


The case was filed in 2016 by Marie Colvin’s sister Cathleen Colvin and her three children, through counsel Scott Gilmore, the team at Shearman & Sterling, and the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA).

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia unsealed a $302 million judgment against the Syrian government, holding it liable for the assassination of American war correspondent Marie Colvin.

Marie Colvin was killed on February 22, 2012, when the makeshift media center where she and other journalists were working came under fire in Homs, Syria. In yesterday’s ruling, the court found that Colvin was deliberately targeted. After tracking Colvin through intercepted satellite calls and informants, Syrian senior officials ordered an artillery strike against her location, killing Colvin and French photographer Rémi Ochlik, and wounding French reporter Edith Bouvier, British photographer Paul Conroy, and Syrian media activist Wael al-Omar.

Shearman & Sterling advised Marie Colvin with a team including Henry Weisburg (Picture), Mark D. Lanpher, Daniel Purisch, Daniel Lewis, Erica Embree, Daria Anichkova and Tammam Kaissi.

Involved fees earner: Daria Anichkova – Shearman & Sterling; Erica Embree – Shearman & Sterling; Tammam Kaissi – Shearman & Sterling; Mark Lanpher – Shearman & Sterling; Daniel Lewis – Shearman & Sterling; Daniel Purisch – Shearman & Sterling; Henry Weisburg – Shearman & Sterling;

Law Firms: Shearman & Sterling;

Clients: Marie Colvin;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti