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Dr Nikolaus Pitkowitz is a founding partner and head of the dispute resolution team at Pitkowitz & Partners. He holds law degrees from the University of Vienna (JD and PhD) and University of Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (MBL) and is also qualified and certified as a mediator.
His practice of over 30 years as an 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. Dr Nikolaus Pitkowitz 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.
Dr Nikolaus Pitkowitz 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.
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).
Dr Nikolaus Pitkowitz speaks frequently at seminars and is the author of over 50 publications. He is co-editor of the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration and co-organiser of the Vienna Arbitration Days.
Prior to the formation of Pitkowitz & Partners in 2021, Dr Nikolaus Pitkowitz was a founding partner at Graf & Pitkowitz for over 25 years.
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