Jovana Tomic, Partner and Head of Employment at Zivkovic Samardzic, will leave the firm on January 31, 2019 to start her own full-service law firm: CT Legal.
Tomic has spent her entire legal career with Zivkovic Samardzic, first joining as a Trainee Attorney at Law in 2005. She became an Attorney at Law in 2007, then was promoted to Junior Partner in 2010 and Partner in 2013.
"Jovana Tomic can look back upon a unique career at Zivkovic Samardzic," commented Managing Partner Branislav Zivkovic, crediting her with helping turn the firm into a "a trendsetter for sensitive employment cases and issues today, and a highly acclaimed office in this area." According to Zivkovic, "in the course of 14 years at the head of the employment team she managed to continuously develop Zivkovic Samardzic firm further, both in the practice as well as structurally. She thereby provided the Zivkovic Samardzic brand with a strong expert impact. We are grateful that she advised and supported the founding partners since its beginning and also after reorganization at the beginning of the year 2013. This now allows our office a smooth further development. We are sad that she is leaving us."
Senior Partner Nebojsa Samardzic referred to several recent promotions at the firm (reported by CEE Legal Matters on January 18, 2019), added: "Last week, I proudly presented the promotion of two Partners, Kruna and Ana, as well as one Senior Associate, Ivan, and a big 'thank-you' to all the well-wishers. Now, it’s been a bit awkward for me in days like these, after more than ten years cooperating with Jovana, to split from her and to announce that she will continue to work on other tasks outside of the firm. I want once again to thank Jovana for bringing all colleagues together, on her intellectual passion, the spirit of experimentation and aesthetic elegance. Going forward, this can only mean that the values that Jovana stood up for, during her career in law office Zivkovic Samardzic, were our values."
Finally, Tomic herself added: "After 14 years at Zivkovic Samardzic it is hard for me to leave this firm to which I owe my whole career. I know that clients and colleagues are, with Ana Popovic, Kruna Savovic, other promoted partners, and the rest of the fantastic team, in the very best hands. With this, I can now look towards new challenges. Although I’ve been in the firm for more than 14 years, I don’t have the feeling of doing the same work at all, because every few years I get the chance to experience something new. I began as a trainee in the beginning, and since then have been involved in everything that can be done in a law practice. The last eight years, I got the chance to work for the office as a partner, which was an unbelievable experience for me. In no other law office are the speed and creativity so important. I had the opportunity to test my limitations and to prepare for what all lawyers can expect in the future. This is the best thing law office can give you: the opportunity to improve and prepare yourself for the time to come."
As to her new law firm, Tomic informed CEE Legal Matters that she will launch CT Law with another partner, but she declined to offer additional details at the current time.