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Dr Thomas Legler

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Arbitration, Litigation, Intellectual property


Thomas Legler is partner and head of the arbitration team in Geneva. He is also a member of Pestalozzi’s IP&TMT practice group. His practice focuses on representing corporate and private clients in international and national arbitration and IP litigation cases. He also regularly acts as chairman, sole arbitrator or co-arbitrator under the ICC Rules, WIPO, Swiss Rules, or in ad hoc panels. In addition, Thomas Legler advises corporate and private clients in the field of intellectual property (trademark, copyright and patent law), TMT, data protection as well as entertainment and media law.


University of Berne (1988). Bar admission (1991). University of Geneva (LL.M., 1993; Dr.iur., 1996). Elected as Deputy Judge of the Federal Patent Court (2012).


French, English, Spanish.


Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), International Bar Association (Vice-Chair of IP Committee).


Dispute resolution: arbitration

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration

Pestalozzi's large arbitration practice provides 'very thoughtful advice' and stands out for its 'thorough, straightforward and to-the-point communication'. With expertise in the commodities business and regulated industries, Michael Kramer led a team that represented claimant Türkmengaz in a €1.5bn ICC gas supply contract dispute against the National Iranian Gas Company. Other notable individuals include Laurent Killias, who has 'a first-class legal mind', and 'highly experienced intellectual property arbitrator' Thomas Legler.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Pestalozzi's intellectual property department is recommended for its 'deep knowledge, sharp critical thinking, quick turnaround times and trustworthiness'. It is particularly strong in the protection, licensing and commercialisation of regulated products for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, medical, IT and food industries, involving trade mark, branding and patent advice and litigation, as well as the defence against product liability claims. The team includes lead partner Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, dispute resolution specialist Thomas Legler and Geneva-based contact Michèle Burnier.

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Within: TMT

Pestalozzi's TMT team is 'very caring and precise' and 'delivers work to the clients' complete satisfaction'. Covering e-commerce, data protection, IT distribution and outsourcing, telecoms law, as well as fintech and medical tech matters, the practice is led by 'devoted lawyer' Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, who counts the Southern Switzerland Film Commission among her clients. Intellectual property partners Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier are other key members of the team.

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