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Sylwester Pieckowski

Year of birth
Podkowa Leśna
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
Real Estate, Construction
Corporate law
Infrastructural projects
Commercial agreements in general
Professional certification


  • Warsaw University Faculty of Law and Administration, Master of Law, 1973;
  • University of Michigan School of Law, LL.M., 1983.


  • Warsaw University Faculty of Law and Administration, Master of Law, 1973;
  • Fellow, Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, 1981;
  • University of Michigan Law School, LL.M., 1983;
  • Advocate, admitted to practice: Poland, 1987;
  • Judge Degree, Warsaw Voivodship Court, 1977;
  • Lecturer: Center of Advanced Studies for Foreign Trade Managers, 1982-1987;
  • Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Trade, 1977-1987;
  • General Counsel and Proxy, PHZ Pezetel, Warsaw, 1983-1987;
  • Chief Legal Officer, Melex USA, Inc., 1988-1996;
  • Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone LLP, Director Warsaw Office, 1996-1998;
  • Altheimer & Gray LLP, Partner, 1998-2004;
  • Chadbourne & Parke LLP, Partner in Warsaw office, Head of dispute resolution practice, 2004. 

Arbitration experience

  • Counsel in more that 100 domestic and international arbitrations; 
  • sole and side arbitrator in more than 30 arbitrations. 

Representative cases:

  • Represented a large packaged foods company as defendant in an arbitration with a contractor (2000);
  • Represented a Polish communications company as defendant and cross-plaintiff in a major arbitration dispute with a global telecommunications operator (2001-2003);
  • Acted as lead counsel for a Polish spirit manufacturer as defendant in arbitration and litigation with a Polish competitor and U.S. vodka distributor. Successfully argued the case before the Supreme Court (2001-2006). 

Membership in organizations

  • President: Polish Arbitration Association;
  • Deputy Director: PAA Business Mediation Center;
  • Co-founder, I Vice President: Arbitration Court at the Polish Confederation Lewiatan;
  • Arbitrator: ICDR (AAA); 
  • Arbitration Court at the Polish Confederation Lewiatan,
  • Czech Court of Arbitration, 
  • Arbitration Court at the Kraków Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


  • PAA Business Mediation Center, Warsaw;
  • Vice President: Civic Council for ADR matters at the Ministry of Justice of Poland.  


  1. Using Mediation in Poland to Resolve Civil Disputes: A Short Assessment of Mediation Usage From 2005-2008," Dispute Resolution Journal, American Arbitration Association, November 2009/January 2010; 
  2. "Arbitraż i mediacja w sprawach gospodarczych", "Księga pamiątkowa dedykowana Dr. Janinie Waluk", Kluwer, październik 2009; 
  3. "Ocena funkcjonowania przepisów Kodeksu postępowania cywilnego o mediacji cywilnej i praktyki ich stosowania przez sądy w 2006 r.,"Księga pamiątkowa dedykowana Prof. Tadeuszowi Szurskiemu" C.H. Beck,  kwiecień 2008; 
  4. "How the New Polish Civil Mediation Law Compares with the Proposed EU Directive on Mediation," Dispute Resolution Journal, American Arbitration Association, August-October 2006; 
  5. "Mediacja w sprawach cywilnych", Difin, 2006.

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