Chadbourne & Parke
Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k.
ul. Emilii Plater 53
00-113 Warsaw
Poland

+48 (22) 520-5000
spieckowski@chadbourne.com

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Sylwester Pieckowski

International Partner

Sylwester Pieckowski heads the Warsaw office's litigation and ADR practice. His practice focuses on business dispute resolution through negotiation, mediation and arbitration. He has broad international business related experience based on more than 20 years of practice in Polish foreign trade, gained when counseling for PHZ Pezetel, and U.S. corporate and business law, when serving as Chief Legal Officer for Melex USA, Inc. Mr. Pieckowski also practices in international public law and trade law, aviation law, products liability, commercial arbitration and alternative business dispute resolution as well as Polish civil and business law.

Representative Matters

  • Represented the defendant in a U.S. anti-dumping investigation and antitrust litigation against Polish made Melex golf cars (1983-1996). 
  • Represented Polish aviation companies as defendants in U.S. products liability lawsuits resulting from plane crashes and incidents (M-18 Dromader, PZL-3S engines, M-26 Iskierka, PZL-104 WILGA) (1983-1996). 
  • Acted as the Polish negotiator of technology transfer and license agreements with Canadian aircraft and aircraft engine manufacturers. 
  • Represented a major Polish car producer in products liability negotiation and settlement with a German supplier. 
  • Advised the Polish government in the privatization of PZU (2001). 
  • Represented a German/Swedish consortium in the privatization negotiations of three Polish spirit companies (2000-2001). 
  • Represented a Swedish spirit company in a privatization and acquisition of Polmos company (2002-2003). 
  • 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 negotiator and counsel for a Polish government-owned hotel company in a long term international franchise agreements with a global U.S. firm (2005-2006, 2009-2010). 
  • 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). 
  • Acted as lead counsel for a U.S. company seeking enforcement of the New Jersey court judgment in Poland. Successfully argued the case before the Supreme Court (2003-2008).

Honors

Mr. Pieckowski has been listed in Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2010-2014) and in Chambers Europe - Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business (2011-2014) for dispute resolution in Poland.

Activities and Affiliations

  • President, Polish Arbitration Association, 2006-present 
  • Deputy Director, PAA Business Mediation Center, 2003-present
  • Co-founder and 1st Vice President, Arbitration Court at the Polish Confederation of Private Employers LEWIATAN, 2005-2011
  • President, Civic Council for ADR matters at the Ministry of Justice in Poland, 2012-2014
  • Arbitrator, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), 2009-present
  • Arbitrator, Czech Court of Arbitration, 2007-present
  • Arbitrator, Arbitration Court at the Kraków Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2007-present
  • Arbitrator, Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw, 2013 - present
  • Mediator, PAA Business Mediation Center, 2002-present
  • Member, Expert Team for Enhancement of the System of Business Dispute Resolution at the Polish Ministry of Economy, 2013 - present
  • Member, Expert Team for the Project “Effective and Ancillary State” at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, 2013 - present

Publications

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Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Corporate

Commercial Litigation

Litigation

International Arbitration

Industries

Food and Beverage

Regions

Europe

Poland

Education

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

Professional Background

  • Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Trade, 1977-1987 
  • Fellow, Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, 1981
  • General Counsel and Proxy, PHZ Pezetel, Warsaw, 1983-1987 
  • Chief Legal Officer, Melex USA, Inc., 1988-1996
  • Counsel, Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, Warsaw, 1996-1998

Admissions

1987

Poland, Advocate

1977

Poland, Judge

Languages

English

Polish

Russian