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The History of Globalaw

The global reach you need from the local firm you trust. 

Created in 1994 and owned by its members, Globalaw is a non-profit organization focused on providing legal services around the globe. The network is made up of recognized medium-sized law firms that deliver a full-service offering. Many are leading firms in their jurisdiction or practice areas. All member firms are recommended and carefully vetted before joining Globalaw. Globalaw has grown steadily since its inception, with a continued focus on quality and commitment. Most countries other than the largest jurisdictions such as the USA, China and India have only one member firm, so membership is exclusive, sought after and valued.

Globalaw enjoys and leverages strong personal relationships. We work hard to make people feel welcome within our network and our members work hard to deliver quality service and to provide global solutions. Clients receive relationship lawyering, value-for-money service and practical solutions to their problems.

Our firms are integral to their business community. We are able therefore not just to resolve legal issues, but to introduce our clients to genuine business opportunities all around the world. We are able to coordinate large numbers of firms and lawyers, if necessary, to handle large and complex transactions. We have loyal and dedicated member firms in places where the large global firms do not have offices and have to outsource.

Leadership

Executive Committee 

PETER BROWN
PETER BROWN,
Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP
President
OLIVER FOERSTER
OLIVER FOERSTER,
Huth Dietrich Hahn
Immediate Past President and Chair, Planning Committee
JULIA M.I. HOLDEN-DAVIS
JULIA M.I. HOLDEN-DAVIS,
Gunster
Chair, Membership Engagement
BRYAN C. BIRKELAND
BRYAN C. BIRKELAND,
Jackson Walker LLP
Chair, Membership Committee
DAVID DEBENEDETTI
DAVID DEBENEDETTI,
DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak
Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee
CLAY HIX
CLAY HIX,
Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP
Chair, Branding/Sponsorship Committee
MARCO BOLOGNINI
MARCO BOLOGNINI,
MAIO Legal
Chair, Foundation
MICHAEL HATCHWELL
MICHAEL HATCHWELL,
Gunnercoke
Chair, Business Development Committee

Board of Directors 

PETER BROWN
PETER BROWN,
Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP
Board Member
OLIVER FOERSTER
OLIVER FOERSTER,
Huth Dietrich Hahn
Board Member
DAVID DEBENEDETTI
DAVID DEBENEDETTI,
DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak
Board Member
STEPHANIE JUAN
STEPHANIE JUAN,
Molitor Avocats à la Cour
Board Member
RODRIGO PETRY TERRA
RODRIGO PETRY TERRA,
Almeida Advogados
Board Member
JOSÉ LUIS GUTIÉRREZ-AZPE
JOSÉ LUIS GUTIÉRREZ-AZPE,
Ramírez, Gutiérrez-Azpe, Rodríguez-Rivero y Hurtado, S.C.
Board Member
BAHAR ULGEN
BAHAR ULGEN,
Bener Law Office
Board Member
BRYAN C. BIRKELAND
BRYAN C. BIRKELAND,
Jackson Walker LLP
Board Member
CLAY HIX
CLAY HIX,
Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP
Board Member
JULIA M.I. HOLDEN-DAVIS
JULIA M.I. HOLDEN-DAVIS,
Gunster
Board Member
MARCO BOLOGNINI
MARCO BOLOGNINI,
MAIO Legal
Board Member
MICHAEL HATCHWELL
MICHAEL HATCHWELL,
Gunnercoke
Board Member
MICHAEL Y. LATEEF
MICHAEL Y. LATEEF,
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Board Member
OUSSAMA FRAIKECH
OUSSAMA FRAIKECH,
Fraikech Associés
Board Member
PORNPROM KARNCHANACHARI
PORNPROM KARNCHANACHARI,
Legal Advisory Council
Board Member
TALAL EL MAKKAWI
TALAL EL MAKKAWI,
APEX JURIS Advocates & Legal Consultants
Board Member
ROBERTO SPARANO
ROBERTO SPARANO,
Quorum – Studio Legale e Tributario Associato
Board Member
PAUL TULLY
PAUL TULLY,
McInnes Wilson Lawyers
Board Member
DIEGO ESCOBAR GARCÍA
DIEGO ESCOBAR GARCÍA,
Pinzón Pinzón
Board Member
ARVEEN ARABSHAHI
ARVEEN ARABSHAHI,
Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP
Partner

Past Presidents 

BAIRD BROWN
BAIRD BROWN,
Law Offices of Baird Brown
Presidential Term 2001-2002
WALTER STUBER
WALTER STUBER,
Walter Stuber Consultoria Juridica
Presidential Term 2002-2003
BRYAN C. BIRKELAND
BRYAN C. BIRKELAND,
Jackson Walker LLP
Presidential Term 2003-2004, 2016-2017
TERRY LEGGETT
TERRY LEGGETT,
Eugene F. Collins
Presidential Term 2004-2005
GEOFFREY HILTON
GEOFFREY HILTON,
Independent Company Director
Presidential Term 2005-2006
MICHAEL HATCHWELL
MICHAEL HATCHWELL,
Presidential Term 2006–2007, 2011–2013
KERRY CRENSHAW
KERRY CRENSHAW,
Clark Hill PLC
Presidential Term 2007-2008
THIERRY D'ORNANO
THIERRY D'ORNANO,
Ornano Avocats
Presidential Term 2008-2009
WILLIAM “BUZ” WHITE
WILLIAM “BUZ” WHITE,
Hill, Farrer & Burrill
Presidential Term 2009-2010
ARTHUR SHAY
ARTHUR SHAY,
Shay & Partners
Presidential Term 2010-2011, 2016-2017
WILLIAM D. TAYLOR
WILLIAM D. TAYLOR,
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Presidential Term 2013-2015
MARCO BOLOGNINI
MARCO BOLOGNINI,
MAIO Legal
Presidential Term 2017-2019
JULIA M.I. HOLDEN-DAVIS
JULIA M.I. HOLDEN-DAVIS,
Gunster
Presidential Term 2019-2021
OLIVER FOERSTER
OLIVER FOERSTER,
Huth Dietrich Hahn
Presidential Term 2021-2023
Testimonials

Read our Members' opinions.  

Chambers

Chambers

Chambers Global Guide 2023

It enables me to find lawyers, globally, that are part of a system that I can trust.

Telma Halldórsdóttir

Telma Halldórsdóttir

Advel Attorneys at Law, Reykjavik, Iceland

Being a member of the Globalaw network has given our firm a real competitive advantage. The Globalaw network benefits members in numerous ways, both tangible and intangible.

Clayton Hix

Clayton Hix

Hill Farrer & Burrill LLP, Los Angeles, USA

Globalaw is an invaluable resource to its member firms. The Leadership Program introduced me to the Globalaw network, improved my business development skills, and allowed me to visit new places and bond with a distinguished group of lawyers. I strongly recommend the program to any young lawyer interested in expanding his or her practice into the global business environment.

Scherzade Burden

Scherzade Burden

Oldham, Li & Nie, Hong Kong

I am honoured to be part of a network of highly professional, enthusiastic and committed lawyers based all over the world and am grateful to have learned so much from their vast amounts of experience.

Past President William (Bill) Taylor

Past President William (Bill) Taylor

Hanson Bridgett LLP

I have never been more enthused about our network and our ability to serve member clients globally. I believe that our member firms share this enthusiasm. Under the direction of our dedicated Officers and Directors, Globalaw is committed to service excellence and sustainable growth.

Ardavan Amir-Aslani

Ardavan Amir-Aslani

Cohen Amir-Aslani

Globalaw has allowed my firm to “go global”. Given that member firms are present in all major jurisdictions across the globe, I am able to canvas potential clients and offer them my connections, in turn accompanying them in their international expansion whilst remaining their local correspondent.

Bryan Birkeland

Bryan Birkeland

Jackson Walker

The Globalaw network allows our firm to advise clients about legal issues to consider when doing business in certain jurisdictions. As member firms are well established in their own market and well connected in their business communities, they can explain the socio-economic environment that the client is entering and subsequently better address their needs.

Globalaw Foundation 

The Globalaw Foundation gives back to communities and organizations in need, with a focus on legal education and access to justice.

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Professional Support Team 

Globalaw is supported by its Secretariat, MCI.

For more information, please contact us at secretariat@globalaw.net

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