Leon Glikman

Partner, sworn advocate

E-mail: Leon.Glikman@levinlaw.ee
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Leon has long-term and diverse legal counselling experience in Estonia and abroad and he has earned domestic and national recognition in that regard. In addition to clients, Leon Glikman’s high legal qualifications are valued by judges and fellow attorneys.

Independent international publications such as The Legal 500, Chambers Global and others have characterised Glikman as a top-tier attorney. The Legal 500 has recognized him in their Hall of Fame, highlighting him as a practitioner whose work is continuously rated as excellent by his clients. Chambers Global has named him as an Eminent Practitioner – a title given to lawyers who are seen as highly influential in their fields. Multiple Estonian publications have also classified him among highly influential lawyers. He is the Estonian Attorney of the Year 2002.

Leon’s work experience as an attorney began in 1981 when he completed apprenticeship under the guidance of the legendary Simon Levin. Leon has participated in creating new and fundamental judicial interpretations of the law and quite a few legal rules have been declared unconstitutional in his clients’ interests in cases taken up by him.

Leon is also a renowned arbitrator who has been repeatedly appointed as the presiding arbitrator of domestic and foreign arbitrary tribunals and a member of arbitration court panels. As an arbitrator, he has presided over large-scale disputes in the arbitration institutes of Stockholm and Helsinki.  Glikman is a conciliator of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes – the ICSID. The ICSID, a member of the World Bank Group, is   prestigious international arbitration institution established for a purpose of facilitating the settlement of disputes and conciliation between states and foreign private investors. The World Council  of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC, Paris) has appointed Mr. Glikman as a full  member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. The International Court of Arbitration is the world's leading arbitral institution, established in 1923.

His favourites are civil and arbitration disputes and advising clients in the field of the law of obligations, but he also defends clients’ rights in administrative cases and economic crime cases.

Leon considers education important. He has defended the LL.M. degree in the field of private and arbitration law in the Harvard Law School, studied in the law schools of Columbia University and Georgetown University as well as in the ICC Arbitration Court, and gained knowledge in the field of international law in training courses organised by the Israeli Foreign Ministry and in other prestigious institutions.

Leon Glikman considers the protection of the rights of his clients the most important and does not leave any legitimate step untaken to that end. He is also interested in the protection of fundamental rights in general. He advocates the broader interpretation of fundamental rights, also the state’s minimal interference in the economy and private life.

Leon has published hundreds of legal policy and economic articles in Estonian and English and is not a rare guest in television and radio broadcasts. He is also an acclaimed lecturer, especially in the field of procedural law. He has trained many successful attorneys of a younger generation.

Clients and colleagues characterise him as a punctual, thorough attorney-at-law who does not get lost in details and is able to immediately see the bigger picture and a quick solution to a legal issue. Leon has a great sense of humour, is easy to talk to and does not seek excessive formalism.

Education

    • Harvard Law School, LL.M. (1993)
    • Courses in the law schools of Columbia University and Georgetown University
    • Internship in the US Bar Association (1992)
    • Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu, M.A. (1980)

Language skills

    • Estonian
    • English
    • Russian 
    • Finnish

Membership

    • Estonian Bar Association (1981)
    • Member of the Court of Honour of the Estonian Bar Association
    • Conciliator of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
    • Member of the Codification Committee of the Estonian Ministry of Justice
    • Founding member and supervisory board member of the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory
    • Member of the Fundamental Rights Committee of the Estonian Bar Association
    • Israel’s Honorary Consul in Estonia
    • Full member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration

News and references
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Leon Glikman`s comment in daily business news of the 22nd of June 2017 on the construction of guest apartments

23.06.2017
Leon Glikman

Estonian daily business news newspaper „Äripäev“ asked attorney-at-law Leon Glikman to comment on the recent issue that arose in Nõmme regarding the construction of guest apartments. 


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Leon Glikman addressed the negative effects of state intervention in his speech at the Tallinn Business Forum

26.05.2017
Leon Glikman
Attorney-at-law Leon Glikman`s speech at the Tallinn Economy Forum received a lot of positive feedback.
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Attorney at law Leon Glikman will give a speech on 25th May 2017 at the Tallinn's Economy Forum which is organised by Äripaev's Russian edition Delovõje Vedomosti

23.05.2017
Leon Glikman
Attorney at law Leon Glikman will give a speech on 25th May 2017 at the Tallinn's Economy Forum which is organised by Äripaev's Russian edition Delovõje Vedomosti.
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We have been shortlisted for the European Tax Award and recognized as a top-tier firm by The Legal 500

19.05.2017
Leon Glikman , Ain Alvin
We are delighted to share with you our new International recognitions gained by law firm GLIKMAN ALVIN, assuring once again our clients, that we are professional, reliable and effective partners. Client satisfaction is our measure of success for the work we do. But we also value the external recognition gained through the awards we have won around the world.
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GLIKMAN ALVIN sucessfully acted for AS KredEx Krediidikindlustus in a large insurance dispute with an Estonian manufacturer of glazed fascades

04.05.2017
Paul Keres , Leon Glikman

GLIKMAN ALVIN sucessfully acted for AS KredEx Krediidikindlustus in a large insurance dispute with an Estonian manufacturer of glazed fascades.The quantum of the dispute was close to €14 million and ended in all claims against our client being rejected.

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Chambers Global awarded GLIKMAN ALVIN the highest ranking

10.04.2017
Leon Glikman , Ain Alvin

Chambers Global, one of the most prestigious law firm publications in the world, has again provided Law Firm GLIKMAN ALVIN with the highest assessment.


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Leon Glikman comments on money laundering and the prevention of terrorism on the edition of "Äripäev"

08.03.2017
Leon Glikman
Leon Glikman comments on money laundering and the prevention of terrorism on the edition of "Äripäev".
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Leon Glikman commented the options of recovery on the example of major bancruptcy cases he has advised

01.03.2017
Leon Glikman

Leon Glikman commented the options of recovery on the example of major bancruptcy cases he has advised.

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Leon Glikman was appointed as conciliator to the ICSID by the Republic of Estonia.

20.02.2017
Leon Glikman
Leon Glikman was appointed as conciliator to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes – the ICSID) by the Republic of Estonia.
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Kredex Krediidikindlustuse AS wins in Circuit Court

12.01.2017
Leon Glikman , Paul Keres
The partners of GLIKMAN ALVIN, Leon Glikman and Paul Keres, represented Kredex Krediidikindlustuse AS successfully also in Tallinn Circuit Court in one of the biggest recent insurance disputes.
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Leon Glikman:  The everlasting worry about the protection of fundamental rights

07.09.2016
Leon Glikman

Leon Glikman writes about fundamental rights in Eesti Päevaleht and why it is so important to protect them, finding that “Inexpert statements, as “I have nothing to hide” and “no one can blame the innocent” are very common and used for justifying the toleration of wire-tapping.”

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Leon Glikman: Sometimes it must be allowed to pay a bribe

20.08.2016
Leon Glikman

Another angle of bribe: Companies are bound to communicate with officials in their comfort zone in order to develop their economic activities.

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Leon Glikman:  Why I’m not requesting the authorization for state secrecy

11.08.2016
Leon Glikman

Why I’m not requesting the authorization for state secret? Attorney-at-law does not risk with the professional secrecy.

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Leon Glikman:  Administration ofjustice from another planet

08.08.2016
Leon Glikman

Leon Glikman talks about administration of justice: I’ve often been asked if it’s worth protecting one’s rights in court and my answer has always been “yes”.

Reference

Law Office Glikman Alvin advised Kredex Krediidikindlustus AS in court matter

Paul Keres , Leon Glikman

Attorneys-at-law of Law Office GLIKMAN ALVIN, Leon Glikman and Paul Keres advised Kredex Krediidikindlustus AS in court matter in which AS Windoor filed an action to Harju County Court to receive an insurance indemnity in the sum of 13,8 million euros.

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Leon Glikman participated in EBS’s Executive MBA program’s legal themed lecture series as guest lecturer

08.06.2015
Leon Glikman
Partner Leon Glikman conducted a seminar on practical problems of civil and arbitration proceedings as guest lecturer at EBS’s Executive MBA program’s legal themed lecture series offered by EBS’s Executive Training Center and Think Tank.
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Leon Glikman – professional debater

01.06.2015
Leon Glikman

In Äripäev’s lifestyle magazine Gentleman, a thorough article about Leon Glikman was published.

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Leon Glikman: the matter of immigrants should be put to referendum

15.05.2015
Leon Glikman

he matter of accepting immigrants should be put to referendum, finds Leon Glikman, attorney-at-law. “Forcing the immigrants on a poor country like Estonia is immoral, as the country is not able to meet the needs of its own citizens struggling under the tax burden,” he said.


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