Kenneth Robbins

Every legal dispute should be resolved as early and efficiently as possible, says Ken Robbins. With vast experience at trial, professionalism and civility, it is possible to negotiate extremely favorable settlements. When it’s necessary to go to court, however, Robbins has 44 years of experience, having tried to a verdict more than 140 cases with a success rate of better than 95 percent. To what does he attribute his success? Out-of-the-box thinking, hard work, and common sense, says Robbins, who has been named among the Best Lawyers in America since 1995, including Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation in 2010 and 2013. He has also been listed as one of Hawaii’s top business litigators by Super Lawyers since 2008; and he has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating. A member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Robbins has taught as a master at trial at both bar and judicial conferences.

FIRM DESCRIPTION

“Bronster Fujichaku Robbins is recognized as one of the premier trial law firms in Hawaii, handling major cases on all of the islands for clients of all sizes — from individuals, various state and county agencies, local companies to Fortune 500 corporations.  Our primary areas of service include complex commercial litigation, trust and estate litigation, employment, professional malpractice and real estate litigation.

Our attorneys and experienced legal staff are committed to serving both individual and business clients with creative and cost-effective approaches to resolving complex legal issues.

We invite you to learn more about us here and to contact us if we can help you.”

Michael Dailey

Michael Alan Dailey is a broadly experienced litigator who has presented and defended cases throughout the United States. He has handled cases of first impression, such as DCA v. SoftKlone Distributing Corporation, in which the copyright status of computer screen displays was first established. He litigated the proper basis for overturning arbitration awards issued in Georgia and in the process prompted the Georgia General Assembly to enact legislation upholding Mr. Dailey’s courtroom contentions. Mr. Dailey has handled disputes involving health care, global positioning, and voice recognition technologies. He has brought copyright infringement actions on behalf of authors and developers of books and software. And he has helped companies thwart the unlawful intentions of departing senior executives who secretly took with them tens of thousands of computer files and confidential technical and marketing data.

Mr. Dailey previously served as General Counsel for a Y-2K software service provider.

Mr. Dailey is equally concerned with the rights and interests of individuals. He has successfully defended corporate executives charged with violating non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants. He has assisted terminated employees recover pension and profit-sharing benefits, earned commissions, and contract compensation that was due to them. He has sued employers who have engaged in racially discriminatory and sexually harassing conduct.

Mr. Dailey regularly takes cases on behalf of persons too poor to retain legal counsel, and he does so as an advocate for the Gwinnett County Pro-Bono Project and the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts.

Eager to be outdoors as much as possible, Mr. Dailey is a hiker, amateur mountaineer and runner.

Featured Experience

During his career, Mr. Dailey has:

Handled litigation establishing copyright protection of computer screen displays;

Negotiated a $300,000 sexual harassment recovery without even filing suit;

Secured, within 8 days of suit having been filed, a $1.5 Million securities recovery against a major software services provider, on behalf of a group of founding company shareholders;

Won a settlement in the amount of $825,000 – the precise amount sued for – on behalf of a commissioned salesman suing one of the world’s biggest and best known technology service providers;

Recovered $2.2 Million for his client in a trademark infringement and trademark dilution action against one of America’s largest magazine and newspaper publishers;

Secured a verdict exceeding $20 Million against a group of defendants who utilized a variety of off-shore companies to conceal their unlawful operations.

Recognitions

Mr. Dailey is an AV Preeminent Lawyer – the highest rating issued for legal ability and ethical standards by the LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell peer review service.

From 1982 to 2002, Mr. Dailey was an Instructor in the Emory Law School Trial Techniques Program.

Mr. Dailey is an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and since 1988 has heard and decided some 60 arbitration cases.

Mr. Dailey is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Member of the CIArb European Branch.

Education

Emory University School of Law
J.D. Degree – 1977
Founder – Joint Committee On Law And Medicine

Duke University
A.B. Degree – 1973
Member, Chancellor-Provost Search Committee
Member, Nominating Committee, Board of Trustees
Federal Relations Assistant, Office of the President

Admissions

State Bar of Georgia – 1977

Supreme Court of Georgia – 1977

Georgia Court of Appeals – 1977

Supreme Court of the United States – 1991

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – 1978

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit – 1981

United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia – 1980

United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia – 1996

Publications

“Whelan Associates, Inc. v. Jaslow Dental Laboratory, Inc.: Towards A New Understanding Of Copyrightable Expression,” Parts I and II. European Intellectual Property Review (1986)(1987) (Co-author: Henry L. Jones, Jr.)

“Digital Communications Associates, Inc. v. SoftKlone Distributing Corporation, et al.:
The ‘Look and Feel’ of Copyrightable Expression,” European Intellectual Property Review (1987)

“Interim Measures Available To U.S. Litigants: The Early Bird Gets The Worm,” European Intellectual Property Review (1988)

“For Those Who Live In Glass Houses: Apple Computer, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation And Hewlett-Packard Company,” European Intellectual Property Review (1990)

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, State Bar of Georgia, Computer Law Section, Annual Seminar 1988

Speaker, State Bar of Georgia, Computer Law Section, Annual Seminar 1989

Speaker, Seattle Computer Law Conference, December 1990

Speaker, New York Computer Law Conference, June 1991

Speaker, Second Annual Seattle Computer Law Conference, December 1991

Speaker, Information System Consultants Association, Atlanta, May 1992

Speaker, Third Annual Seattle Computer Law Conference, December 1992

Speaker, Fourth Annual Seattle Computer Law Conference, December 1993

Speaker, Fifth Annual Seattle Computer Law Conference, December 1994

Speaker, Sixth Annual Seattle Computer Law Conference, December 1995

Speaker, Seventh Annual Seattle Computer Law Conference, December 1996

Speaker, Representing High Tech Companies, Denver, December 1995

Speaker, Representing High Tech Companies, Denver, December 1996

Speaker, Representing High Tech Companies, Denver, December 1997

Speaker, Representing High Tech Companies, Denver, December 1998

Speaker, AAA Arbitration Policy Issues, Atlanta, December 2001

Speaker, CILS International Arbitration Conference, Salzburg, Austria, June 2004

Speaker, Financing Emerging Growth Companies/JOBS Act, Atlanta, October 2012

Speaker, International Trade Law & Dispute Resolution, Iranian Central Bar Ass’n, Tehran, April 2013

Honors and Awards

Theatrical Outfit
Sanger Award – 1990

Leadership Gwinnett
1991-1992

Robert C. Lower Outstanding Volunteer Award
Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (2005)

Benjamin T. White Distinguished Service Award
Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (2007)

Fellow, Chartered Institute Of Arbitrators (2013)

Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2014)

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Anderson Dailey LLP is a business litigation firm that acts quickly and intelligently to advance the interests of its clients.

Established in June 2000, the firm is comprised of experienced attorneys. Each of the founding partners has spent more than 20 years prosecuting, defending and managing business litigation. Experienced in a broad range of commercial litigation matters, our lawyers pride themselves on anticipating issues most likely to impact a client’s cause.

Our practice style is aggressive and measured. We never shirk from a fight, but we work at least as hard to reach a negotiated resolution as quickly as possible. Litigation is often a war of attrition. We never wish to see a client compromise its interests because it cannot afford to stay the course. Our objective is to win the relief that is due – in court at the settlement table – as quickly and as cost-efficiently as possible.

Success is measured in terms of client satisfaction. Our greatest reward occurs when clients consider themselves recipients of the most perceptive and persuasive representation available.

Harry A. Payton

Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer • Board Certified Business Litigation Lawyer

Harry A. Payton, managing member of Payton & Associates LLC, represents domestic and international corporations and high net worth individuals in complex business litigation matters involving commercial real estate; construction; corporate, shareholder and partnership disputes; fine art; intra-family business disputes; estate litigation; and professional malpractice cases for plaintiff and defendant involving attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers.

Harry is one of 90 lawyers in the state of Florida with dual board certification* in civil trial and business litigation. He is included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for “Litigation- Real Estate.” His excellent legal skills have earned him inclusion in the South Florida Legal Guide’s list of Top Lawyers in Complex Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Litigation since 2005, and recognition on the list of Florida Super Lawyers® since 2006. For over 30 years, he has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®, which recognizes lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. He is recognized and respected by the legal community for his high standards of professionalism. In 2012, he was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Florida’s Committee on Professionalism for the 11th Judicial Circuit, and chairs the mentoring committee.

As Miami’s importance as a global gateway increases, the firm continues to expand its capability to render top-notch legal services to clients throughout the world through memberships in respected international professional organizations. Harry is proud to be member of IR Global for Commercial Litigation. He is on the steering committee of the IR Global “Private Client” group, and plays an influential role in its development. He hosted a session at the annual conference in London in September 2013-2015, in Amsterdam in 2016, and Berlin in 2017. In addition, he is president of the Miami chapter of the International Network of Boutique and Independent Law Firms (INBLF), a group of highly credentialed boutique law firms in major commercial centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Central and South America. Harry is the Business Litigation member of INBLF, Miami.

*Only seven percent of eligible Florida Bar members, approximately 4,800 lawyers, are board certified. Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 26 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.

Areas of Practice:

Complex Commercial and Business Litigation
Commercial Real Estate Litigation
Commercial Foreclosure Litigation
Lender Liability
Construction Litigation
Professional Liability
Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
Business Torts
Probate and Estate Litigation
Intra-Family Business Disputes
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Art Law
International Business Law
Condominium Litigation

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Payton & Associates, LLC represents domestic and international corporations and high net worth individuals in a broad spectrum of complex commercial litigation cases in Florida state and federal courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration.  As a boutique firm, we provide our clients with personal attention from senior level attorneys, and the highest quality legal representation available in firms of any size.  Our attorneys understand the intricacies of business and formulate innovative strategies to achieve each client’s litigation objectives. We offer advice and strategy to help our clients avoid disputes in the future.

The firm is handling an increasing number of cases involving intra-family business disputes for high-profile clients. Many clients have homes outside of the United States but have interests in Florida.  Whether the clients reside in Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, France, Spain or the U.S., the attorneys at Payton & Associates want to protect clients against the risk of wrongdoing by family members in business with each other or sharing in financial estates.

We serve as counsel for plaintiff and defendant in the following types of cases:

  • Shareholder agreements and minority shareholder squeeze-outs
  • Partnership disputes involving accounting
  • Officer and director breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Interference with contractual relationships
  • Breach of contract
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Non-disturbance and non-circumvention agreements
  • Lender liability claims
  • Partnership disputes over valuable art
  • Professional liability

Michael J. Rediker

Mike Rediker focuses his practice in the area of financial services litigation which is national in scope.  He represents clients in the areas of securities, corporate governance, broker-dealer regulation and litigation, RICO, bond issuances and bond defaults, product liability, fraud, corporate law, trust law and business torts.  He has particular experience in institutional, derivative, class action complex and multi-district litigation.  Mike has litigated cases in federal, state and appellate courts as well as before the United States Supreme Court and United States Tax Court.   He also represents claimants and respondents in FINRA and AAA arbitration forums.

In the course of his practice, Mike has represented institutional and individual investors of all types including state pension funds, insurance companies, mutual funds, financial institutions and private retirement funds.  He has also represented public and private corporations and governmental entities.  Mike also has considerable experience in the transactional and client advisory sides of securities and corporate finance.

In addition to his law practice, Mike served as a an adjunct professor for the University of Alabama School of Law and Cumberland School of Law, teaching securities regulation and related topics.  He has authored numerous articles, book chapters, presentations and continuing legal education study outlines.

Mike is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than 20 years in both commercial litigation and securities law. He is also listed in Alabama Super Lawyers and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for litigation: general commercial.  In 2010, Mike was honored as “Birmingham Securities Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers.

  • Education

    Harvard University – J.D. , 1967
    Princeton University – A.B., magna cum laude , 1964
  • Honors

    • Chambers USA for Litigation: General Commercial
    • Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers for more than 20 years
    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1987
    • “Birmingham Securities Lawyer of the Year,” 2010, Best Lawyers
  • Bar Admissions

    • Alabama (1967)
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U. S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
    • U. S. District Court of Alabama (Southern, Middle, Northern)
  • Professional & Civic Activities

    • Alabama Association for Justice
    • American Association for Justice
    • National Association of Bond Lawyers
    • Birmingham Bar Association
    • American Bar Association

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell provides litigation and counseling services in a wide range of civil practice areas including product liability, commercial litigation, construction,  real estate, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation , labor and employment law,  bankruptcy, insurance coverage, professional liability and administrative law. Offices are located in Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Tallahassee and Birmingham, Alabama.

Adam K. Levin

Leaders in Law endorses Adam K. Levin as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the USA – Washington. If you wish to get in touch with Adam please use the contact information provided above.

Serving on the Global Leadership Team for our Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment practice, Adam Levin handles civil litigation and government investigations across the United States.

Adam has represented some of the country’s most well-known companies in complex commercial matters, ranging from multibillion-dollar lawsuits to high-stakes investigations. With a focus on life sciences, pharmaceutical, and consumer disputes, Adam applies experience, practical solutions, and a team-oriented approach to our clients’ most challenging issues.

Adam’s class action work is of particular note. He is currently lead counsel in two nationwide multidistrict litigation (MDL) matters and counsel of record in a third. He has handled more than two dozen class actions in the last few years alone, including product matters and cases brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). He was trial counsel and obtained a unanimous victory from the Connecticut Supreme Court to defeat a nationwide class action alleging nearly US$100 million in damages. He co-argued the response to a motion that led to denial of certification for a putative nationwide RICO class. And he has experience handling all aspects of class action discovery, settlement, and other proceedings.

Adam is also a trial lawyer with a commitment to public service. His trial victories include successfully defending and prosecuting a US$90 million dispute, and he served as trial counsel for one of the most high-profile civil rights matters in recent years: the landmark Tulia, Texas case that led to the release of 12 persons from jail, pardons for 35 persons, and a US$6 million settlement. For these efforts and others, Adam and the firm have been honored by the NAACP LDF and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

Before joining Hogan Lovells, Adam clerked for the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell on both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Employment

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1997
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994

Memberships

  • Former President, Washington Council of Lawyers
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar

Firm Description:

Change is happening faster than ever, and to stay ahead, you need to anticipate what’s next. Legal challenges come from all directions. We understand and work together with you to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Whether you’re expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, we can help. Whether change brings opportunity, risk, or disruption, be ready by working with Hogan Lovells.

Check out our at-a-glance, key facts and figures; learn why we’re the clear choice.

Straight talking. Understanding and solving the problem before it becomes one. Delivering clear and practical advice that gets your job done. Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. We help you identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Our 2,800 lawyers on six continents provide practical legal solutions wherever your work takes you.

A fast-changing and inter-connected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what we provide. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, our legal solutions are aligned with your business strategy. Our experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives us the market perspective to be your global partner. We believe that when knowledge travels, opportunities arise.

Our team has a wide range of backgrounds. Diversity of backgrounds and experience delivers a broader perspective. Perspectives which ultimately make for more rounded thinking and better answers for you.

Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of our core. We are advocates of justice, equality, and opportunity. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties. Around the world, our people are making a difference through pro bono activities, community investment, and social justice.

Why choose Hogan Lovells?

  • Deep understanding of your issues
  • Straight talking and practical problem solving
  • Strong relationships and a collaborative approach

David J. Tecson

Leaders in Law endorses David J. Tecson as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law, Commercial Law and Healthcare Law expert in the USA. If you wish to get in touch with David please use the contact information provided above.

David concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation in state and federal court. He has successfully tried diverse cases to verdict and judgment. His experience includes commercial claims, healthcare, insurance coverage, employment, ERISA, director and officer liability, and class-action litigation.

He is also a former prosecutor for the Illinois Secretary of State. His clients include hospital systems, medical providers, schools, manufacturers, a wide range of business ventures, and international corporations based in Europe and South America. Notable trial work includes David’s successful prosecution of a complex managed care cases, multiple arbitrations on behalf of hospitals, a successful three-week federal jury trial, qui tam litigation, medical staff corrective action hearings, the prosecution and defense of director and officer claims, and international litigation.

He frequently counsels clients on employment issues. When necessary, he litigates employment claims before the U.S. District Court, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission and other administrative agencies.

David lectures and writes on various topics arising out of his practice. The Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education selected him to co-author (with Ryan Haas) a chapter (Remedies) of the 2018 Practice Handbook on Employment Discrimination.

David worked in Argentina and Brazil prior to starting his practice in Chicago, and he is proficient in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.

He served as a guest professor in the healthcare section of DePaul University College of Law (2018), as an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law teaching a course in healthcare litigation (2016) and as a guest professor at Wheaton College where he taught a course on international dispute resolution and litigation (2013-2015).

David currently serves on Chuhak & Tecson’s Diversity & Inclusion Council.

Chuhak & Tecson

Chuhak & Tecson offers more than just solutions. Since 1987, our experienced lawyers have served our clients not only as counselors but also as valued partners. With Chuhak & Tecson you will find a collaborative team of legal advisers who share a genuine interest in your success—professionals whose entrepreneurial spirit and vision are compatible with your own. All our attorneys are self-starters who maintain a holistic view of your goals, inspiring us to be creative in our solutions and driving us to remain a step ahead in moving your needs forward.

Chuhak & Tecson is built on the values that inspired the firm’s founders over 30 years ago—hard work, honesty and integrity. We position ourselves to attract attorneys with these values. As a team and as individuals, we do what’s right for the people we represent and the communities where we live and serve. Unlike many law firms where layers of bureaucracy impede direct contact with counsel, we connect our clients with experienced lawyers right away. It’s how we show we’re right there with you. This synthesis of experience and accessibility enables us to deliver high-quality service and solutions at a fair price.

Our home in Chicago is an advantage, too, and not just as a venue of Midwest values. Our Loop address places our firm in close proximity to local clients and in a prime central location for clients from across the United States.

 

Christine E. White

Leaders in Law endorses Christine White as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the USA – Maryland. If you wish to get in touch with Christine, please use the contact information provided above.

Christine White is an associate in Venable’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group where she assists with document review, legal research, and witness, deposition, and trial preparation. Chrissy lends her legal counsel pro bono to the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit organization that helps immigrant women and children escaping gender-based violence obtain asylum in the United States. Ms. White recently won an application for asylum for a client who was referred by Tahirih.

Chrissy graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She holds a B.S. in Foreign Service, magna cum laude, from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Prior to joining Venable, Chrissy served a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Marvin J. Garbis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Activities:

Chrissy is active in the Greater Baltimore community. She serves as a volunteer for the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS) and participates in the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program, which coordinates and conducts interviews for first-year and transfer applicants.

Prior to law school, Chrissy worked for a non-profit organization in Washington, DC where she helped organize and administer educational seminars for judges and legal professionals.

Firm Overview:

History of Client Service

For over a century, we have built our firm based on a simple and enduring premise: We see the world through the eyes of our clients. We immerse ourselves in our clients’ businesses to fully understand the context of their legal issues. Our clients know that our every decision – from hiring, to shaping our service areas, to expanding our global reach – is informed by our desire to better serve their needs.

Comprehensive Solutions to Today’s Complex Issues

Today, Venable is an American Lawyer 100 law firm. With more than 700 attorneys across the country, we are strategically positioned to advance our clients’ business objectives in the U.S. and abroad. Our clients rely on Venable’s proven capabilities in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory and government affairs.

Our attorneys have an excellent understanding of their practice areas and bring a wealth of firsthand experience to the challenges and opportunities our clients face. In this era of ever-increasing scrutiny by the government, our clients benefit from Venable’s Washington know-how. Our attorneys, many of whom are former Members of Congress, regulators and senior government staffers, have the experience to provide solutions when government creates regulatory roadblocks.

Culture of Commitment

Each year, Venable attorneys and staff devote thousands of hours of their own time, money and talent to helping the communities in which they live and work. Venable’s commitment to social responsibility includes financial support through The Venable Foundation. In 2014, we provided more than $2 million in support to charities and organizations. This placed us in the top five law firms nationally with regard to charitable donations.

The Venable Edge

Venable aims to deliver the highest quality legal services for our clients, and we pride ourselves on identifying, recruiting and retaining the best and brightest attorneys and legal staff from all walks of life. Our clients profit from a diverse set of perspectives that, paired with more than a century of proven experience, is unique to Venable.

Christopher Kao

Leaders in Law endorses Christopher Kao as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in Taiwan. If you wish to get in touch with Chris, please use the contact information provided above.

Chris Kao is based in Pillsbury’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, where he focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. Chris is the co-leader of Pillsbury’s Taiwan practice.

Chris is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer representing technology companies in patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets litigation, and other high-stakes commercial disputes. He has represented companies in the computer hardware and software, semiconductor, telecommunications, biotechnology, and consumer products industries in federal and state courts throughout the country, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has extensive experience litigating Covered Business Method and inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Chris also regularly advises clients on privacy and cybersecurity issues and is designated a Certified International Privacy Professional/US by the IAPP.

Before joining Pillsbury, Chris was the Office Managing Partner of another firm’s Silicon Valley office.

Firm Overview:

Pillsbury is an international law firm with a particular focus on the technology & media, energy, financial services, real estate & construction, and travel, leisure & hospitality sectors. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top 20 firms for client service, Pillsbury and its lawyers are highly regarded for their forward-thinking approach, their enthusiasm for collaborating across disciplines and their unsurpassed commercial awareness. That’s how we have achieved the 13th-highest percentage of Chambers-ranked lawyers among all AmLaw 100 firms.

Sylvia W. Y. Siu

Leaders in Law endorses Pam Webster as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in Hong Kong. If you wish to get in touch with Pam, please use the contact information provided above.

Ms Sylvia SIU Wing-yee, BSc, MBA, LLM, FCIAb, FHKIArb, JP

  • Consultant Solicitor, Sit, Fung, Kwong & Shum
  • President of Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chairperson, ADR & International Relation Committee, Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers
  • Vice-Chairperson, Nansha International Arbitration Centre
  • Vice-President, Guangdong, Hong Kong & Macao Arbitration Mediation Alliance
  • China-Appointed Attesting Officer by the Ministry of Justice, People’s Republic of China

Solicitor admitted in Hong Kong (“HK”) (practising), United Kingdom, Singapore & Australia (non-practising). Ms Siu is an accredited mediator and is listed on various panels such as China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Dongguan Court No.2, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“HKIAC”), the Law Society of Hong Kong (“LS”), HK Institute of Arbitrators, Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (“HKMAAL”) and Hong Kong Mediation Centre (“HKMC”); International General Mediator and International Family Mediator of the LS. She is a conciliator of World Trade Centre (“WTC”) Macau Arbitration Centre, and is the founder of the HKMC.

Ms. Siu is also an arbitrator on many arbitration panels, such as HKIAC, LS, WTC, Macau Arbitration Center, China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission and numerous other PRC panels of Arbitration Commissions such as Guangzhou, Qingdao, Wenzhou, Wuhan International Arbitration Court, Nansha International Arbitration Court, Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration.

Being an experienced mediator, arbitrator and trainer in alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), Ms. Siu has a sound profile in the ADR field where she has been invited as speaker at many local and international ADR conferences.

On the academic side, Ms. Siu was the ADR PCLL Examiner of the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong, a PCLL Academic Board Member and External Academic Advisor of the City University of Hong Kong

Ms. Siu is a Member of the :- Advisory Committee on Promotion of Arbitration of Hong Kong Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Appointment Committee of Financial Dispute Resolution Centre, Mediation Accreditation Committee of HKMAAL, Communications and Publicity Committee of HKMAAL; Mediation Committee of LS, a Director of Joint Mediation Helpline Office.

She was a member of the :- Steering Committee on Arbitration of DOJ, Steering Committee on Mediation and Accreditation Subcommittee of DOJ, Working Party on Mediation of Hong Kong Judiciary, Working Party for the Reform of the Law of Arbitration in Hong Kong; Vice Chairlady of Town Planning Appeal Board.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil and Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation.
  • Construction.
  • Conveyancing and Property.
  • Probate and Administration of Estate.
  • Corporate and Commercial.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Commerce (University of Santa Clara 1975).
  • Master of Business Administration (University of Santa Clara 1976).
  • Master of Laws (University of Hong Kong 1991).
  • Diploma in Chinese Law (University of East Asia 1988).

Professional Qualifications

  • Solicitor of Hong Kong (1984), England (1989 (non-practising)), Australian Capital Territory (1989 (non-practising)), and Singapore (1990 (non-practising)),
  • China-Appointed Attesting Officer (1995).
  • Fellow-Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1996).
  • Fellow-Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (1998).
  • Accredited Mediator of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“HKIAC”), Law Society of Hong Kong (“LS”), Hong Kong Mediation Centre and CEDR (UK) (Commercial, Family and Supervisor Panel of HKIAC and LS).
  • Arbitrator of CIETAC, Dailin, Suzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Loudi, Shenyang, Huizhou Arbitration Commission. Conciliator of Harbin Conciliation Centre of China Council for Promotion of International Trade.
  • Chairman of the Board of Governors of Hong Kong Mediation Centre.

Other Credentials

  • Council Member of the Law Society of Hong Kong.
  • ADR Chairman and Past President of the Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers.
  • Vice Chairman of Town Planning Appeal Board.
  • President of Hong Kong Mediation Centre (2005-2007).
  • President of Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (2004-2005).

Firm Description:

Founded in 1981, Sit Fung Kwong & Shum has established a solid practice in litigation, conveyancing, commercial law, intellectual property, information technology and Chinese law. Local and overseas clients include leading multinational, public and private companies and professional firms. There are three notaries public and two China-appointed attesting officers in the firm. Many of the lawyers are qualified to practise in other jurisdictions in addition to Hong Kong, including England, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. The partners are conscientiously committed to the continued and everimproving quality of its service.

It is our belief that the success of a modern law firm nowadays depends on its ability to understand and satisfy its clients’ needs and answer them in a professional manner. In pursuit of such belief, we have insisted on a high level of accountability to our clients. Continuous training organised within and outside the firm equip our staff with up-to-date legal knowledge and regular practice reviews provide venues where practical experience is shared among members of the firm. Through stream-lining of office operation, effective deployment and structuring of human resources, application of modern information technology, meticulous business planning and budgetary financial control, we have been able to build up a smooth and efficient working environment with an aim to achieve optimum output within clients’ budgets.

 

Nicolas Kuonen

Nicolas is a partner with Tavernier Tschanz, a Swiss law firm exclusively devoted to business law. Nicolas is the Head of the Commercial Litigation Department within the firm.

Nicolas has also been a lecturer at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland since 2007, teaching contract and Roman law. He regularly publishes in his fields of specialization and is frequently invited to hold speaches in those fields, in Switzerland and abroad.

Litigation Law Practice:

Our international litigation practice deals with all kinds of corporate and commercial cases. We represent clients in civil proceedings (banking, real estate, construction, unfair competition, employment, or directors’ liability and shareholders’ disputes) and international debt enforcement proceedings before Swiss courts and the Swiss Supreme Court. We also act for plaintiffs in white collar crime matters.

We have gained extensive experience over years in conducting litigation in complex cases, often with international strings. We consider the development of a direct, personal and responsive relationship with our clients as an essential part of our general strategy. Both institutional and private clients come to us precisely for that.

Efficient litigation is not only a procedural game, but requires thorough legal knowledge and creativity. Because our firm operates as one fully integrated team, we enjoy the support of the entire firm to develop theories and research, namely in the fields of corporate, banking or finance law. As a fully independent firm, we are in a position to get other firms’ support, which we select on the sole basis of their expertise and reliability, in Switzerland or abroad, whenever required.