Mrs Joanna Kolber > Strelia > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Joanna Kolber is a partner in our Dispute Resolution practice.


Joanna has solid experience as an arbitrator, secretary to arbitral tribunals and as counsel in commercial ad hoc or institutional arbitration (CEPANI, NAI, ICC) and litigation spanning various industries such as construction, energy, insurance and reinsurance and M&A.

She started her career as a lawyer in 2012. Before joining Strelia in September 2013, she was an associate at an international law firm in Antwerp. Before that, she was an assistant at the Institute of Private International Law at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and worked as a private international lawyer at Kruispunt Migratie Integratie (Expertisecentrum voor Vlaanderen-Brussel). Joanna also briefly worked at PSEG Global Inc. (Newark, USA), Knarr-Knopp Zimmer Müller (Darmstadt, Germany) and Kaczor Klimczyk Pucher Wypiór (Krakow, Poland).


English, Dutch, Polish, German, French


Joanna obtained her law degree from Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Poland in 2006. She also obtained a Diploma from the Schule des Deutschen Rechts (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Jagiellonian University) in 2005, a Diploma from the School of American Law (Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Jagiellonian University) in 2004 and from the Academy on International Arbitration, Central-Dis in Cologne, Germany in 2007.

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Dispute resolution

(Next Generation Partners)

Joanna KolberStrelia

Strelia fields a strong bench of partner talent, with the team acting for clients active in a diverse range of sectors in numerous disputes, both domestically and internationally. The group is noted for its prominent arbitration practice, where Jean-Pierre Fierens – who is regularly appointed as chair in CEPANI and ICC proceedings – and newly appointed partner Joanna Kolber are both key contacts. Olivier Clevenbergh is noted for his capabilities in construction litigation  and Sébastien Ryelandt is a key contact for clients seeking representation in liability claims and concession agreements.

Belgium > Industry focus: Retail

Led by cross-border franchising specialist Olivier Clevenbergh, Strelia regularly acts for franchising, distribution, and commercial real estate actors from Belgium and beyond. In recent months, the team has handled commercial partnership terminations, master franchise agreements, and disputes regarding various breaches of contract, including distributorships and events-based projects in the high fashion space. Clevenbergh is also known for his transactional expertise, assisting various supermarkets and apparel chains with their expansion efforts. Jean-Pierre Fierens is widely regarded for his capabilities as an arbitrator and litigator in distribution law cases and franchising agreements. Joanna Kolber and Gaetano Jannone are also noted.