Roman is the Head of both the Commercial Law Practice Group and the Arbitration Practice at B2RLaw. Roman is an advocate at the District Bar Association in Warsaw. He has over 15 years of experience in providing commercial legal advice to companies, as well as representing them in all forms of dispute resolution, be it litigation, arbitration and in settlement talks. He has been recognized by Legal 500 for both Dispute Resolution and Employment.
He is a citizen of both Poland and Canada and is a native speaker of both Polish and English.
Roman has represented clients from numerous industry sectors in disputes that concerned a wide range of legal issues. He strongly believes in the need to efficiently communicate strategy, Polish legal issues (especially to international clients) and keep clients timely informed on legal costs, as only such an approach ensures that clients remain in control of such proceedings.
Roman thrives in complex litigation and arbitration cases, especially when the need arises to cooperate with party-appointed experts. He also has experience in managed dozens of litigation cases for an entire group of companies.
Roman also advises clients on ADR solutions, keeping in mind the cost of litigation and arbitration, their duration, as well as the financial interest of the clients. He has negotiated complex settlement agreements as an alternative to resolving matters before a court or tribunal.
Given that the majority of arbitration matters enjoy a heightened level of confidentiality, Roman cannot share all of his experience publicly. However, below are a few examples of his over decade-long experience in arbitration. Roman has advised and represented:
- a real estate investor in Bilateral Investment Treaty expropriation claims against the Polish government after a decision of state authorities denying the investor land rights,
- a defence industry multinational in ICC Arbitration against a Polish state-owned entity,
- a structural design company in international ad hoc arbitration concerning claims arising due to events in Romania,
- a real estate investor in arbitration against a Polish entity over claims concerning a shopping centre,
- a management consulting firm on their role in a dispute over an international investment in a Polish entity.
Roman advises clients both at a management level on strategic projects and in organizing day-to-day advice to companies. He oversees the work of groups of lawyers dedicated to a specific client or industry sector. In doing so, he works closely with management, in-house lawyers or coordinators in order to provide seamless and timely assistance. He strongly believes that a lawyer needs to understand the client’s business and internal structure in order to be a source of solutions that are not only legally sound, but also practical from a business perspective.
Roman has advised clients in the following sectors: management consulting, international investments, aerospace and defence, compliance, corporate, real estate and construction matters, insurance and reinsurance matters, labour law/employment matters, energy and renewable energy matters, IP and data protection matters, bankruptcy cases, among others.
Social responsibility is not just a marketing catchphrase, but a mission statement that reflect Roman’s core values. Roman is regularly engaged in pro bono work and also encourages his team members to get involved as well. He believes it is an advocate’s obligation to give back to the community as well as support those that are less fortunate or oppressed. Roman has been recognized for his pro bono work by the Polish Ombudsman. His recent pro bono efforts concentrate on three areas: LGBTQ Rights, Women’s Rights and the Freedom of the Press.