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  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Land Use and Zoning Law Arbitration and Mediation Real Estate Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation Trade Law Corporate Law International Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation International Arbitration Litigation Government Relations Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Insolvency and Reorganization Law Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
Yana Brutman was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Yana Brutman

TM Defence Legal Services
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law Arbitration and Mediation Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Telecommunications Law Information Technology Law Intellectual Property Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Competition / Antitrust Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Competition / Antitrust Law Litigation Arbitration and Mediation International Arbitration Government Practice Investment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Customs and Excise Law International Arbitration Labor and Employment Law Litigation Arbitration and Mediation Criminal Defense
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Competition / Antitrust Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation International Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Krasnodar, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law International Arbitration Litigation Mergers and Acquisitions Law Arbitration and Mediation Real Estate Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Offshore Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation International Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation International Arbitration Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation International Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation Arbitration and Mediation Trade Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Criminal Defense
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law Competition / Antitrust Law Banking and Finance Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Insolvency and Reorganization Law Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Ekaterinburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Financial Institutions Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law Criminal Defense Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Sports Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law Litigation Privacy and Data Security Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Capital Markets Law Project Finance and Development Practice Banking and Finance Law Litigation Corporate Law Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Criminal Defense
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law International Arbitration Competition / Antitrust Law Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Practice Arbitration and Mediation Criminal Defense Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Krasnodar, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy and Natural Resources Law Land Use and Zoning Law Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Krasnodar, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation International Arbitration Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Litigation Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Competition / Antitrust Law Litigation Insolvency and Reorganization Law Government Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Competition / Antitrust Law Litigation Investment Arbitration and Mediation Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Insolvency and Reorganization Law Labor and Employment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Energy and Natural Resources Law International Arbitration Litigation Arbitration and Mediation Mergers and Acquisitions Law Tax Law Investment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Criminal Defense
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Maritime Law Arbitration and Mediation International Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Practice Competition / Antitrust Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law Competition / Antitrust Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative Law Litigation Regulatory Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Corporate Law Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation Energy and Natural Resources Law International Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
Sergey Vasiliev was awarded 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" in

Sergey Vasiliev

DLA Piper
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Regulatory Practice Customs and Excise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Retail Law Litigation Arbitration and Mediation Insolvency and Reorganization Law International Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law International Arbitration Real Estate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Tax Law Litigation

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Practice Area Definition

Litigation Definition

Litigation generally refers to resolution of disputes in state courts of a particular jurisdiction. It comprises a wide area of legal relations, including disputes arising out of either business or non-business activities such as  torts or crimes. Litigation in its broad sense, therefore, embodies every issue that may be potentially subject to resolution in a state court. A considerable variety of remedies is available to persons seeking to protect or reinstate their rights and interests by means of litigation. 

In Russia, the judicial system comprises three types of courts: constitutional courts, courts of general jurisdiction, and commercial (arbitrazh) courts. A court of each branch has its own competence (jurisdiction) specifically determined by respective procedural law (or code). It is usually not difficult for litigants to determine the competent court since the procedural codes expressly provide for criteria of resolving a particular dispute or group of disputes by a relevant court. In short, courts of general jurisdiction resolve disputes arising from civil, family, labour, land, environmental, and some other legal relations, whereas commercial courts resolve disputes arising exclusively from commercial relations between legal entities and self-employed persons. Generally, commercial courts are viewed to be providing litigants with a higher level of proficiency and quality of justice, which makes them a preferred choice over domestic arbitration, thus leading to considerable overload with cases. 

Russian litigation is also characterized by relatively short time limits for a trial court to dispose of a case, as well as by moderate court fees. For instance, a commercial court shall resolve a dispute within three months after its filing with a possible extension up to six months for complex disputes. Although the Russian legal system is not precedent-based, courts, and in particular commercial courts, tend to rely on judgment of senior courts when making a decision and are bound to follow the guidelines of the Russian Supreme Court. 

Russian litigation has faced significant changes over the last few years. The Supreme Commercial Court, which was the highest appeal instance for commercial courts, was abolished with its functions transferred to the Supreme Court which was the highest appeal instance for courts of general jurisdiction; a move that was met with a lot of disappointment from legal practitioners. There are currently discussions that commercial courts may be further merged the system of general jurisdiction courts. However, due to unstable economic conditions litigation remains a highly active area, with bankruptcy and restructuring cases being particularly on the rise. 

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Litigation generally refers to resolution of disputes in state courts of a particular jurisdiction. It comprises a wide area of legal relations, including disputes arising out of either business or non-business activities such as  torts or crimes. Litigation in its broad sense, therefore, embodies every issue that may be potentially subject to resolution in a state court. A considerable variety of remedies is available to persons seeking to protect or reinstate their rights and interests by means of litigation. 

In Russia, the judicial system comprises three types of courts: constitutional courts, courts of general jurisdiction, and commercial (arbitrazh) courts. A court of each branch has its own competence (jurisdiction) specifically determined by respective procedural law (or code). It is usually not difficult for litigants to determine the competent court since the procedural codes expressly provide for criteria of resolving a particular dispute or group of disputes by a relevant court. In short, courts of general jurisdiction resolve disputes arising from civil, family, labour, land, environmental, and some other legal relations, whereas commercial courts resolve disputes arising exclusively from commercial relations between legal entities and self-employed persons. Generally, commercial courts are viewed to be providing litigants with a higher level of proficiency and quality of justice, which makes them a preferred choice over domestic arbitration, thus leading to considerable overload with cases. 

Russian litigation is also characterized by relatively short time limits for a trial court to dispose of a case, as well as by moderate court fees. For instance, a commercial court shall resolve a dispute within three months after its filing with a possible extension up to six months for complex disputes. Although the Russian legal system is not precedent-based, courts, and in particular commercial courts, tend to rely on judgment of senior courts when making a decision and are bound to follow the guidelines of the Russian Supreme Court. 

Russian litigation has faced significant changes over the last few years. The Supreme Commercial Court, which was the highest appeal instance for commercial courts, was abolished with its functions transferred to the Supreme Court which was the highest appeal instance for courts of general jurisdiction; a move that was met with a lot of disappointment from legal practitioners. There are currently discussions that commercial courts may be further merged the system of general jurisdiction courts. However, due to unstable economic conditions litigation remains a highly active area, with bankruptcy and restructuring cases being particularly on the rise.