Ernesto Ardia is a founding partner of Studio Legale Lauro, and was admitted to the Italian Bar in 1995. He represents clients in court and in international arbitrations, as well as before the Supreme Court.

He is active in shipping, commercial and corporate law. Ernesto is known for representing ship-owners in collisions, salvage and marine pollution.

He also receives instructions from clients worldwide, to enforce domestic and foreign court and arbitration judgments in Italian courts. He has on occasion dealt with bankruptcy proceedings.

He is a member of the International Propeller Club.