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Thomas Legler

Partner
Attorney at law, Dr. iur., FCIArb
Head Arbitration Geneva

Cours de Rive 13
1204 Genève
Switzerland
T +41 22 999 96 21
thomas.legler@pestalozzilaw.com

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Thomas Legler is responsive, well prepared, very experienced and pleasant to work with in an arbitration context, say sources. Clients emphasise that he is one of the few practitioners to specialise in both IP and arbitration matters.

Who's Who Legal, 2020

Geneva team leader Thomas Legler is highly praised in arbitration related to complex legal issues in the field of IP law.

Leaders League, 2020

Thomas Legler offers a very balanced and reasonable approach to mandates according to one source. His practice spans copyright, trademark and patent law. He boasts expertise in arbitration cases.

Chambers Europe (Arbitration and IP), 2020

Disputes expert Thomas Legler is experienced in handling cases involving corporates and private individuals.

The Legal 500 (Arbitration, Data Protection, TMT, IP), 2020

The unit has a dispute resolution aficionado in Thomas Legler, who keeps a cool head in fiery clashes. He also serves as an arbitrator for WIPO, including domain name disputes.

World Trademark Review, 2020

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Thomas Legler is a partner and Head of Arbitration in Geneva. His practice focuses on representing clients in (inter)national arbitration and acting as arbitrator. In addition, he advises clients in the field of intellectual property (trademarks, patents, copyright), IT and data protection. Swiss Parliament elected him as deputy judge of the Federal Patent Court.

Career

2015
  • Partner, Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law
2014
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow (FCIArb)
1997
  • Partner of a major Swiss law firm in Geneva
1996
  • University of Geneva: Doctorate in law
1995
  • Foreign Associate, Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (now: WilmerHale)
1993
  • University of Geneva: LLM ("D.E.S."; Diplôme Etudes Supérieures en droit)
1991
  • Associate in a major Swiss law firm in Geneva
  • Canton of Geneva: Bar admission
1989
  • Legal Counsel, Swiss Union of Privat Railways (UTP)
1988
  • University of Berne: Degree in law ("Fürsprecher")
  • Canton of Berne: Bar admission

Languages

English, French, German

Membership

  • Fédération suisse des avocats (FSA)
  • Ordre des avocats de Genève (OdA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA), officer of the IP and Entertainment Law Committee
  • Association suisse de l'arbitrage (ASA)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), Fellow
  • Indicative list of WTO Panelists
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Deutsches Institut für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS)
  • World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), member of list of neutrals
  • Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC), member of Tech List
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), member of the IP panel
  • Institut für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz (INGRES)
  • Association romande de la propriété intellectuelle (AROPI)
  • MARQUES

Publications

The Guide to IP Arbitration - A Look to the Future

The Guide to IP Arbitration - A Look to the Future

By Thomas Legler, Andrea Schäffler: Global Arbitration Review, London, 2021
Patent Litigation 2021 - Switzerland: Law and Practice

Patent Litigation 2021 - Switzerland: Law and Practice

By Thomas Legler, Severin Etzensperger: Chambers Global Practice Guides, London, 2021
Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Privatrecht, Internationales Privatrecht

Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Privatrecht, Internationales Privatrecht

By Thomas Legler: Ed. Honsell/Vogt/Schnyder, Ed. Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel, 2020
Panelist on the topic of "Use of videoconference by IP Courts"

Panelist on the topic of "Use of videoconference by IP Courts"

By Thomas Legler: Webinar of MARQUES, 28 July 2020
Panelist on the topic “Efficient and workable virtual hearings: the benefit of experience from arbitration and mediation”

Panelist on the topic “Efficient and workable virtual hearings: the benefit of experience from arbitration and mediation”

By Thomas Legler: Webinar of AIPPI, 21 July 2020
Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes

Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes

By Thomas Legler: ASA Bulletin p. 145 ff, 2/2019 (June)
Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit im Bereich des geistigen Eigentums

Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit im Bereich des geistigen Eigentums

By Thomas Legler: Jusletter (Weblaw), 11. Mai 2020
Moderator of a panel on "Artificial intelligence in arbitration"

Moderator of a panel on "Artificial intelligence in arbitration"

By Thomas Legler: Club Español de Arbitraje, Warsow, 22 May 2019
Moderator of the GAR Live Symposium panel 2019

Moderator of the GAR Live Symposium panel 2019

By Thomas Legler: Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Live event, Zurich, 7 March 2019
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