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Pitkowitz & Partners
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Work Department

Dispute Resolution




Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz is Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Team at Pitkowitz & Partners. He holds law degrees from University of Vienna (JD and PhD) and University of Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (MBL). Nikolaus is furthermore qualified and certified as a mediator.

His practice of over 30 years as attorney has always been predominantly international. While he started his career with transactional and real estate work in Austria and the CEE region, he now holds a particular focus on litigation, arbitration and mediation. Nikolaus acted as counsel in many complex and high-profile litigations in front of Austrian Courts and the European Court of Justice, among others in the two largest ever pending class actions in Austria. He has an impressive record of successes achieved in front of the Austrian Supreme Court. 

Nikolaus acted as arbitrator and party counsel in over 100 international disputes, in a range from smaller to multibillion cases. Particularly noteworthy is his role as party counsel in the largest arbitration ever pending in Austria, with a dispute value of several billion euros.

He speaks frequently at seminars and is author of over 50 publications. He is co-editor of the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration and co-organizer of the Vienna Arbitration Days.



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Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz is Vice-President of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), arbitrator and panel member of all leading arbitration institutions, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). He also acts as Vice-chair of the International Arbitration Committee of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association (ABA) and as Court Member of the Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Centre (CIMAC).


  • 2004: Admission as Certified Mediator
  • 1999: University St.Gallen, M.B.L.- (Master of European Business Law)
  • 1991: Georgetown University, School of Law (Orientation in the US Legal System)
  • 1984: University of Vienna, legal faculty, Mag.iur (Master) and Dr. iur. (Ph.D)

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Austria > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation

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Nikolaus Pitkowitz – Pitkowitz & Partners

In summer 2021, dispute resolution experts Nikolaus Pitkowitz and Roxanne De Jesus left Graf & Pitkowitz, now GRAF ISOLA, to found Pitkowitz & Partners, which is known for its wide-ranging litigation and arbitration capabilities. While Pitkowitz stands out for his regular appointments as (co-)arbitrator, de Jesus mostly acts as party counsel. Its work spans various sectors but the team has recently been most active in the telecommunications, IT, construction, energy space.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

In summer 2021, dispute resolution experts Nikolaus Pitkowitz and Roxanne de Jesus left Graf & Pitkowitz, now GRAF ISOLA, to found Pitkowitz & Partners, which is known for its wide-ranging litigation and arbitration capabilities. Recent work includes IT and real estate sector litigation, shareholder and joint venture-related disputes and matters at the intersection with criminal law.

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