Grażyna Dudkowiak

Leaders in Law endorses Grażyna Dudkowiak as our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in Poland. If you wish to get in touch with Grażyna please use the contact information provided above.

Grażyna Dudkowiak – Barrister at Law – began studies at the Faculty of Law and Administration at Adam Mickiewicz University. She graduated with distinction in 1984, then she completed legal training and received judicial appointment from the then President of Poland. For many years she was a judge in the Civil Division of District Court in Zielona Góra.

In 1994 she became an attorney at law and then she established one of a few Law Firms in Poland specialising exclusively in the family law and law of succession. This specialist project remains one of few in Poland until this day.

Grażyna Dudkowiak, Esq. is a member of the Bar Council of Lubuskie voivodship and an expert on family law, guardianship law and law of succession. For over five years of working as a judge and over fifteen years of being an attorney at law, Grażyna Dudkowiak has gained a very rich experience.
Family and Succession Law Firm run by Grażyna Dudkowiak as one of few specialises in international family relations, hence, provides service to a substantial number of foreign customers.

Esq. Grażyna Dudkowiak is a Head of Family Law Department (Grażyna Dudkowiak Family Lawyers). She regularly works in headquaters in Zielona Góra.

She speaks Polish, French and Russian.

Firm Description

Dudkowiak Kopeć Putyra Law Firm was established in 1992 as a response to the thorough economical transformation which Poland was undergoing at that time.

The rich experience of the founders (Andrzej and Grażyna Dudkowiak), who had formerly been commercial judges, enabled the Firm to provide high-quality legal services to a wide variety of international corporations, which in early 90-ties entered a new re-created Polish market.

The accession of Poland to European Union was a new challenge for the Law Firm. At that time the Law Firm was restructured, rebranded and strengthened by new Partners oriented to provide legal services to global corporations conquering Polish market. New foreign investor orientated practice was developed.

As a consequence Dudkowiak Family local Law Firm through last two decades was boosted to internationally recognized level.

Below sliding bars are presenting received awards and recognitions as well as client who trusted in our services.

Currently our Polish Law Firm is features and recognized by:

  • 5 offices in major Polish cities (Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań, Wrocław and Zielona Góra)
  • affiliated legal offices in 9 counties
  • numerous recognitions and awards to selected legal practices
  • one of the most chosen Polish Law Firm dedicated to foreign investors 
  • well known for its high standards of work and communication, as well as excellent English skills
  • considered as affordable alternative to big four companies
  • providing wide variety of business related legal services
  • team of approx. 30 lawyers fully committed to comfort and the legal security of the clients
  • affiliated to DPG Tax (Dudkowiak Putyra Grabowski) — leading tax, audit and payroll provider in Poland.

 

Kalev Pihlak

Education

  • 2014 University of Tartu, MA in law
  • 1996 – 2007 Tallinn French School

Membership

  • Member of the Estonian Bar Association since 2014

Career

  • From February 2018 Law Office Turnstone, Attorney at law
  • From January 2017 Law Office Turnstone, Attorney
  • 2015–2016 Kais, Pihlak & Partners Law Office, Attorney
  • 2013–2015 Rödl & Partner Law Firm, Lawyer, from 2014 Attorney

Kalev Pihlak mainly handles civil cases, primarily disputes between companies (loans, construction, bankruptcy, etc), but has advised clients on family and labour law matters.

Working languages: Estonian, English, French and some Russian

Firm Description

Law Office Turnstone was founded in January 2017.

The lawyers at Law Office Turnstone are experienced, while continuously curious – ready to “turn each stone” in order to find the best solution for the client.

The clientele of the office includes companies, state agencies and local government authorities, start-ups and private persons. The strong economic background of Law Office Turnstone partners gives them a deeper insight into the gist of the economic operations of business clients and thereby the ability to offer solutions at a new level.

Experience in court cases enable them to select the most optimum strategy for each litigation. The fresh knowledge of the younger lawyers are balanced with the strategic thinking of the more experienced colleagues in the activities of the office.

When you chose us as your legal counsel, you chose a partner that is hard working, honours commitments and strives to ensure your commercial activities are run smoothly. We stand up for your rights and are a formidable opponent in disputes. Our years of consistent work and dedication have garnered us respect from colleagues and approval of clients.

Our Values

WE PRACTICE PERFECTION

We always strive for the best in what we do. We are continually improving our results and value quality and productivity.

WE KEEP PACE WITH CHANGE

Nothing stays the same forever, especially in our field. The faster and better we adapt to change, the stronger, more successful and more competitive we are.

WE ARE A TEAM

We place great emphasis on the creativity, energy and passion generated by working together. It enriches the work environment and products better results.

WE ARE HONEST AND RESPECTFUL

Open and honest communication is the best foundation for any relationship. We always act with honest and respect in our relations. It is important to stay loyal, friendly and compassionate, and to be a good listener.

WE HONOUR OUR DUTIES

We honour our commitments and regularly make sure that everything is carried out as promised. Accountability for results reflects our personal dedication to the task.

WE WORK HARD

We “deliver” every day. Skills, knowledge and character are necessary to achieve a good result, but passion and energy are what ensure a great one.

We are proud of the quality we provide. We strive to be even better tomorrow. We will not stand idly by. We set ourselves high goals and never shirk responsibility. We always think big.

Practice Areas

  • Company law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Information technology and other technological solutions
  • Real estate, planning and construction law
  • Data protection
  • Public procurements
  • Tax and financial law
  • Labour law
  • Bankruptcy and reorganisation
  • Intellectual property
  • Family and succession law

 

Feldís Lilja Óskarsdóttir

Leaders in Law endorses Feldís Lilja Óskarsdóttir as our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in Iceland. If you wish to get in touch with Feldís, please use the contact information provided above.

Education

Cand. jur. from the University of Iceland 1992, District Court Attorney 1995.

Career

Private practising Attorney at law from 2010, representative of Steinunn H Guðbjartsdóttir 2007-2009, Assistant Manager of the District Magistrate of Reykjavík, 1992-2007.

Other activities

A member of the Winding up Board of Kaupthing 2009 – 2016. A member of the Resolution Committee of SPRON in 2009. Lecturer at the University of Reykjavík 2005 – 2012.

Areas of practice

Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law, Enforcement Procedure Law, Family Law.

Firm Description

Megin Law Firm was established in January 2010. The founders have all extensive experience as attorneys.

The attorneys are Arnór Halldórsson, Björgvin Jónsson, Björn Jóhannesson, Eldjárn Árnason, Feldís L. Óskarsdóttir, Hjördís E. Harðardóttir and Valgerður D. Valdimarsdóttir.

The attorneys have practised law for several years in different law firms. They have also extensive working experience from other fields, i.a. in both the private and public sector in Iceland.

The attorneys have lectured at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík University and Bifröst University.

Among our clients are financial institutions, investment funds, municipalities, firms and private individuals.

 

Jodylee Bartal

Jodylee is an accredited family law specialist with more than  20 years’ experience.  She advises in relation to all issues involving married and de facto couples, including same-sex couples. She is a Principal Lawyer in Aitken Partners’ Family Law team.

Her practice covers everything from separation and divorce to parenting disputes, including IVF, as well as binding financial agreements and all aspects of financial issues and property settlements.  Jodylee uses negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation tools to achieve the best outcome for her clients.

Jodylee is a regular speaker on family law related issues and is regularly quoted in the media and recognised as a leading expert in the area.

She can assist with:

  • property / financial settlements and disputes, including complex and multi-jurisdictional property matters, the joinder of 3rd parties to family law proceedings, injunctions and enforcement proceedings, and valuation disputes
  • advising and documenting inter-generational wealth transfer and family business succession
  • spousal maintenance
  • superannuation splitting orders and agreements
  • drafting and advising in relation to binding financial agreements (whether before cohabitation / marriage, during the de facto relationship / marriage, or post separation and / or divorce)
  • parenting matters including relocation applications, lives with/spends time with disputes, passport applications, paternity disputes, naming disputes and change of name applications, contravention and variation applications
  • child support and child maintenance (for over 18s and non-biological children)
  • divorce and nullity
  • family violence and intervention orders and associated criminal matters including breach of orders
  • surrogacy and IVF related advice and agreements

Her recent experience includes:

  • acting for multiple respondents in a multi-party dispute before the Family Court (Melbourne). The issues involved in this case included (i) section 106B application to reverse the issue of shares in a company to her clients, the allegation being it was a transaction to defeat the Wife’s claim, (ii) choice of correct valuation methodology for the business, (iii) multi-level trust and corporate structures, and (iv) taxation issues;
  • acting in relation to a large property dispute (approx. a $600 million asset pool) which involved assets in multiple jurisdictions and complex tax and valuation issues. This involved the appointment and instruction of various experts, including forensic accountants, real estate valuers and tax experts;
  • drafting and advising in relation to a (pre-nuptial) financial agreement to protect assets worth in excess of $1B
  • planning, documenting and advising in relation to intergenerational wealth transfer including transfer of control of a family owned business and protecting same from marital / relationship breakdown to benefit future generations of the family

Areas of Law: Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Property, Parenting, Financial Agreements and Child Support

Qualifications: Accredited Specialist Family Law BA/LLB (Monash University)

Awards
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for Family Law, Melbourne (2019 & 2020)
  • Best Lawyer Listing, Family Law, 2018-20
  • Doyle’s Guide, Rising Star, 2016
Memberships
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Family Law Section
  • Law Council of Australia

Firm Description

Aitken Partners is one of the most experienced law firms in Melbourne, representing clients from across the private and business sectors for nearly 100 years.

We work for you, providing one-on-one consultations to better understand the finer details of your matters and to deliver a more personalised and supportive form of legal representation.

Our staff are approachable, compassionate and dedicated, standing up for you and your interests throughout the various legal processes and striving to deliver the very best outcome possible.

We have been in business since 1923 when we grew from being a small country firm to become one of the most respected legal firms across Victoria and throughout Australia, and have been located in William Street, Melbourne, for all that time.

We have experience in handling local, national and international matters and often coordinate with other legal experts and consultants in various fields and locations to provide our clients with a complete and trusted service on a range of cases and disputes.

For a local law firm you can trust to represent your voice and interests, turn to Aitken Partners.

Law Firms Melbourne

As a leading law firm in Melbourne, we know that clients and other firms look to us to set the standard of professional excellence in the industry. Our staff have an in-depth understanding of the law and always working to build and enhance their understanding to better serve our clients.

Unlike many other major law firms in Melbourne our focus is getting to know our clients on a more personal level, building lasting and trusted relationships over many years. We employ a small team of skilled and passionate professionals and we choose them not only on their legal and advisory skills, but also their ability to form meaningful relationships with clients and other professionals.

We are always honest with our clients, clearly describing their legal standing early in the matter and providing them with the best option available moving forward.

 

Saeeq Shajjan

Saeeq Shajjan founded SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES in 2011. Under Shajjan’s leadership, SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES achieved recognition for its services not only in Afghanistan but also abroad. With over 16 years of hands-on experience, Shajjan’s practice area mainly covers real estate law, commercial law and contract law. He also possesses expertise in corporate law, civil law, family law, criminal law, property law, citizenship law, constitutional law, Islamic law as well as banking, taxation, labor and employment and human rights.

Shajjan has worked with clients in and beyond Afghanistan. He has advised international clients and leading foreign law firms on the applicability of the laws of Afghanistan. He has represented cases and provided expert testimonies on Afghan law related matters before the courts in the United States and the United Kingdom. He has represented several clients in international arbitration cases as a co-counsel. And he has advised different foreign diplomatic missions and advised and represented various international organizations and contractors before courts and administrative agencies in Afghanistan. Shajjan is member of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association; registered arbitrator with the Afghanistan Center for Commercial Dispute Resolution of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries and chairman of arbitration and dispute resolution commission of Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce. He is also board member of Public- Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, PARSA Afghanistan and interim member of AmCham Afghanistan.

He participated in numerous academic panels in international forums and spoke on diverse legal issues particularly the rule of law in Afghanistan. He delivered talks at Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Boston University Law School, La Verne College of Law, Williams College, Simmons College, Walker Institute of International and Area Studies and the University of Sciences Po, Paris. In addition, he has done numerous interviews with both local and western media outlets on scores of topics pertinent to legal issues. Prior to starting his own practice, Shajjan worked for the Government of Afghanistan as Senior Advisor on Policies and Legislation with the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC). Since 2003 Shajjan contributed, in different capacities, to the development of legal community in Afghanistan by training Afghan judges, prosecutors, attorneys and fresh law graduates from across the country. He has made promising efforts in advocating the rule of law, furthering principles of constitutionalism and strengthening legal profession.

Firm Description

In Afghanistan provision of legal services trace back to as early as 1964 when the then Afghan Constitution for the first time stipulated the right to defense counsel. However, the profession suffered a setback in the years to come as the entire justice system was heavily affected by different phases of war from late 1970s to 1990s. Contrary to this backdrop, post-2001 with the advent of the international community, a vigorous campaign was initiated to improve the legal sector and strengthen the rule of law in Afghanistan. This has transformed the justice sector immensely and strengthened the legal institutions to a noteworthy level. SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES remained an essential contributor to this campaign since it was founded.
SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES was founded in 2011 by Saeeq Shajjan and registered under the laws of Afghanistan. Soon SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES established itself as a ‘go-to law firm’ in Afghanistan. The firm’s scope of practice includes but is not limited to legal counseling, litigation, legislative drafting and legal capacity building. Additionally, provision of pro-bono legal services to the needy people is inherited as a core culture in each of our attorneys. Client service is our shared professional value. We believe that SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES is not about us; it is about services to our clients. This attitude helped us to emerge as the ‘firm of choice’ in Afghanistan and beyond.

 

Mary Barton

Wide ranging experience in international private and public law family issues.  I specialise in all matters where issues arise out of ‘family’ relationships, such as:

Breakdown of relationships, separation and divorce as well as cross-border, residence and contact disputes in relation to children and finance and property issues.

I also help couples looking to prevent difficulties arising in the future by entering into Nuptial Agreements.

I have the experience to not only litigate in the appropriate forum but to also utilise Collaborative Law principles and offer mediation as an alternative.  It is essential to remember that reaching agreement always works best, rather than enduring the additional emotional distress and financial expense of litigation.

Formerly based in London and Essex, latterly in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) and now in Bulgaria I have  a global client base.  Not only do I have extensive  experience of representing individuals before Courts, but I also have extensive experience as an individual party’s appointed expert witness and as a single joint expert witness, providing written reports or Affidavits and giving oral evidence to Courts in various jurisdictions.  My experience and expertise in UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi etc) family law, is recognised at The Academy of Experts, London and in my accreditation as a Member of that body.

I am an energetic parent and grand-parent who came to the legal profession ‘by accident’. In 1992 I graduated from the impressive Law Department of The University of Essex, where my tutors included the late Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton and Professor Francoise Hampson (to name but a few). I then worked as a Paralegal with a local law firm in Essex until my youngest child reached an age where I could travel to complete the Academic Stage of my training, which I did in 1997. After completion of my Solicitor’s Training Contract in London (and taking numerous further examinations to complete my post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice) I was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors on 1 February 2000.

Helga á Borg

Helga á Borg is an attorney-at-law who has experience in advising private clients in all aspects of family law, including drafting and revision of appropriate wills and prenuptial agreements, representing clients in custody- and matrimonial cases etc., and conducting cases before Danish and Faroese courts and boards of appeal. 

Helga is experienced in representing private and commercial clients in matters regarding real estate, including building and construction, sale/purchase and dispute resolution. She also represents clients in matters regarding the law of torts.  

Helga also represents corporate clients regarding general commercial matters, investments and financing; litigation; debt recovery and insolvency. 

Advokatskrivstovan advises most of the large Faroese corporations and businesses.

There are five  lawyers working at the firm, who all studied law at universities in Denmark and have extensive experience of advising corporations, public authorities, private individuals and foreign governments on all legal aspects of operations in the Faroe Islands, also in relation to international negotiations and drafting of legislation. 

Key practice areas are corporate and commercial law; litigation and arbitration; criminal, international, administrative, tax, bankruptcy, insolvency and receivership; private clients; real estate and investments and financing. The firm provides advice on the establishment of companies, mergers, demergers and reconstructions, and to foreign companies regarding the establishment of companies and branches in the Faroe Islands. The lawyers, working at the firm, are also board members in a number of the large businesses in the Faroe Islands.

 

Daniela Horvitz Lennon

Leaders in Law endorses Daniela Horvitz Lennon as our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in Chile. If you wish to get in touch with Daniela please use the contact information provided above.

Daniela Horvitz has specialized in different subjects: Diploma in “ISL S-DAY” from Harvard University, 2001; Diploma in “Criminal Procedure Reform” of the University of Chile, 2003; Graduated in “Introduction to the Law of the United States” of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, year 2004; Graduated in “Oral Litigation” from California Western School of Law, year 2011; among others.

She is a member of Chile bar association, since the year 1999; Of the family commission of the Chilean Bar Association, since 2009; Founder and former president of the Family Lawyers Association of Chile, 2009; Member UIA (International Union of Lawyers), since 2011; Member ABA (American Bar Association), since 2012; Member of International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, since 2012; Member of honor of IBDFAM (Brazilian Institute of Family Duty), since 2012; And founding member of the Ibero-American Academy of Family Law in 2014.

She has participated in various exhibitions and publications at national and international level: Exhibitor with “Family businesses and insolvencies”, insolvency commission UIA Zaragoza-Spain year 2012; “Compensation for damages in family relations”, family commission UIA and FACA Buenos Aires-Argentina year 2012; “The Economic Compensation”, Congress of the Argentine Nation year 2012; “Children facing the change of domicile and regulations of patrimonial regulation in the old age”, Annual Congress UIA Dresden-Germany year 2012; “Surrogate paternity in Mercosur”, annual IBDFAM Gramado-Brazil year 2012; “The Hague Convention in Chile”, symposium organized by IAML Buenos Aires-Argentina in 2013; “Collaborative Law in Chile”, XXI Day of AEAFA Family Law Madrid-Spain year 2014.

She has been honored to be pro bono as a curator ad litem in cases of children in violation, at the request of the Family Courts. In addition, her activity in the field of Bankruptcy and Insolvency was worth incorporating into the Societé de Legislation Comparee the year 2013.

Areas of Practice:

Appeals, Arbitration, Child Care/Public Law, Child Custody/Residence/Visitation/Contact, Child Support, Cohabitation, Collaborative Law, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence/Protection Orders, Emergency Procedures/Injunctions, Enforcement: Child Custody, Enforcement: Child Support, Enforcement: Property Division, Enforcement: Spousal Support, Finance: Capital Provision, Finance: Insolvency, Finance: Pensions/Superannuation/Retirement and Employment Benefits, Finance: Property Issues, Finance: Trusts, Hague Convention/Child Abduction, Mediation, Modification/Variation: Child Custody, Modification/Variation: Child Support, Modification/Variation: Property Division, Modification/Variation: Spousal Support, Parentage/Paternity, Pre-nuptial/Post-nuptial Agreements, Relocation/Removal from Jurisdiction, Same Sex Partnerships, Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony

Firm Description

Horvitz and Company Lawyers was founded in 1964 by Mr. Gustavo Horvitz. Since then, the prestige and reputation gained in the national legal field, are based on our vast experience, high standards in legal services rendered, total adherence to professional ethics and efficiency in fulfilling professional duties.

Thanks to our seriousness, experience, dedication, since we are a multidisciplinary team and of no big size, we can offer and deliver to our clients a personalized and integral service, with due respect for the ethical principles that govern the practice of the profession.

 

Stacy

Asked her biggest challenge to date and Stacy will point to raising three teenage daughters.  Studying for bar exams, orchestrating divorce trials, handling depositions, or arguing with other lawyers pales in comparison to mediating disputes over daughters borrowing shoes or makeup without asking.

Stacy is the founder and managing partner of Right Lawyers in Las Vegas, Nevada. For over a decade Stacy has been one of the top divorce attorneys in the area. Her ability to negotiate disputes and knack for uncovering important issues has been key to her success as a divorce attorney and mother.

Stacy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Whittier College in 1991. She went on to earn her law degree from the University Of San Diego School Of Law in 1996. Stacy is admitted to practice law in the State of Nevada. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal District Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Personal Insights

Married for 22 years and mother of the girls; Jenna, Jordan and Jessica.

What would you do if not a lawyer? Be a park ranger. I love being in nature.

Favorite movie seen recently? The Hunger Games.

A proud moment from your childhood? Winning my 6th grade spelling bee with the word “coincidentally”.

Most Memorable Case?

When I was in law school, I was forced to sue my landlord in San Diego County Court.  He wouldn’t return my deposit.  It was the first time I had been in a real court as a new attorney.   I was fully prepared for every question the judge was going to ask and every answer the landlord was going to say.  I won.   15 years later,  after winning dozens of much bigger cases, it’s still my favorite case.

What Makes You a Good Divorce Attorney?

I am over prepared, maybe to a fault.  Like in the lawsuit involving my landlord in law school,  I prepare for every possible situation or scenario. I want to have thought out every question that can be asked, and every answer  that can be given.

 

Fion Wong

Leaders in Law endorses Fion Wong as our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in Malaysia. If you wish to get in touch with Fion please use the contact information provided above.

Fion Wong is a Partner of Shang & Co. and holds an LL.B. (Hons) Degree from the University of London and a Certificate in Legal Practice (C.L.P.) from the Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia.

Fion is actively involved in:

  • Matrimonial and Family Law: mainly in contested matters of family and divorce including but not limited to claiming/enforcing wife and children maintenance orders, child custody, cross-border child abduction, matrimonial property division, adultery, adoption and international aspects of family law, involving matters in Malaysia and other jurisdictions.
  • Contracts and Agreements: for family and marital agreements, including but not limited to divorce settlements and also the drafting of Endorsement Agreements involving celebrities in Malaysia.

Fion is often sought by clients and peers for representation in Family and Divorce matters in Malaysia as well as in other jurisdictions as a result of her dedication in implementing different efficient and effective strategies for her clients which have delivered excellent results.