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Former Lithuania Supreme Court Judge Valentinas Mikelenas (Re)Joins Ellex Valiunas

Former Lithuania Supreme Court Judge Valentinas Mikelenas (Re)Joins Ellex Valiunas

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After 23 years away, Valentinas Mikelenas has rejoined Ellex Valiunas's Dispute Resolution team in Lithuania.

Mikelenas, who is a former judge of the Supreme Court of Lithuania, has over 30 years’ legal experience. According to Ellex Valiunas, "he is a prominent legal theorist and scholar in Lithuania, an expert in arbitration disputes (he is an ICSID arbitrator), and was the head of the drafting group of the Civil Code. As well as being a founding member in the European Law Institute, he is also a member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, the European Civil Code study group, the European Family Law Commission, the International Association of Procedural Law, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, and the International Arbitration Institute. Mikelenas also has expertise in contract, tort and family law, civil procedure, arbitration and private international law, and works on several legal projects of state importance."

“Valentinas Mikelenas’ experience and competence in dispute resolution is extremely solid in Lithuanian and international case law," said Rolandas Valiunas, Managing Partner of Ellex Valiunas." We are glad that the professor will work in the Ellex team again. And we can rightly say that we are the highest-quality and largest center of excellence for dispute resolution practice in Lithuania." 

Mikelenas described it as "an honor for me to join the leading business law firm not only in Lithuania but also in all three Baltic countries. I indirectly contributed to the birth of this firm in 1992 and worked at it in 1995-1997. It can therefore be said that I am back home after 23 years.”



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