Legal Assistance

The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

The Estonian Legal System

The Republic of Estonia, like most European countries, uses the civil law system, rather than the common law system used in the United States. This means that:

  • Estonia’s system of civil law is built on the principle of Pandects, which divides all provisions of the civil law into five parts: general part of civil law, family law, property law, law of succession and law of obligations. The system of Pandects itself is derived from the law of Ancient Rome.
  • Court decisions are based on these legal codes and not on judicial precedent;
  • There is no jury system.

There are two district courts: Tallinn district court and Tartu district court. The Supreme Court is the highest court and hears appeals in cassation lodged against rulings from courts of second instance. There is no separate constitutional court in the Estonian court system. More information about Estonian legal system can be found here https://www.eesti.ee/en/legal-advice/the-legal-system/branches-of-law/

Selecting an Estonian Lawyer

Before hiring an attorney, consider contacting several attorneys, briefly describing the nature of the services you desire. Ask specific questions and expect the attorney to explain legal activities in language you can understand. Ask for a written schedule of fees generally charged for the services you require and inquire about the expected means of payment (e.g. cash, credit card), specifying currency and exchange rates where feasible. Do not turn over documents or funds to any attorney until you are certain that he or she fully understands your legal needs and is willing to handle your case.
The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn maintains the following list of attorneys to assist American citizens seeking legal representation in Estonia. The listed individuals and firms have informed the Embassy that they are qualified to practice law in Estonia and that they are sufficiently competent in the English language to provide services to English-speaking clients. The American Embassy in Tallinn assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the individuals or firms listed.

Advokaadibüroo Greinoman & Co
Rävala pst 5
10143 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: +372 6 119 000
info@greinoman.com
http://www.greinoman.com/

Types of cases: commercial law & litigation, antitrust/competition law

Law firm Narlex
Office in Tallinn:  C. R. Jakobsoni 3, 1st floor
Phone +372 506 2428
Fax: +372 3327000
e-mail: tallinn@narlex.com
http://www.narlex.com

Office in Narva: Tallinna mnt 19c, 4th floor
Phone +372 506 2428
e-mail: narva@narlex.com
http://www.narlex.com/en/

Practice areas:  Business and Corporate Law, Litigation and Arbitration,
Debt Collection, Shipping Law,  Employment law

Aivar Pilv Law Office
Vabaduse väljak 10, 10146 Tallinn
Phone: +372 6 191 630
Fax:  +372 7 312 274
e-mail: info@pilv.ee
http://www.apilv.ee/

Branch office in Tartu
Turu 2, 51014 Tartu
Phone: +372 7 312 272
Fax: +372 7 312 274
E-mail: tartu@apilv.ee

The law office is a member of TAGLaw, a Worldwide Network of Quality Law Firms.

The main fields of activity of Aivar Pilv Law Office include: civil and company law, contract and commercial law, tax and customs law, construction and planning law, competition law, telecommunication and intellectual property, securities’ law, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and reorganization, litigation and arbitration, insurance, environmental law, employment law, property law, criminal law

Advokaadibüroo COBALT OÜ
Kawe Plaza Pärnu mnt. 15, 10141 Tallinn
Tel: (372) 665-1888
Fax: (372) 665-1899
E-mail: borenius@borenius.ee
http://borenius.ee/

Types of cases: corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, banking & finance, capital markets, contracts, competition, tax, real estate & construction, intellectual property, energy, transport, maritime, infrastructure, telecommunications, insurance, administrative & public law, public procurement, labor law, dispute resolution
Can provide services of a certified translator.
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Gencs Valters LawFirm
Contactperson: Attorney at Law Valters Gencs
info@gencs.eu 

Tallinn office – WorldTrade Center 6th floor,
Ahtristreet 12, 10151,Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: +372 61 91 000
Fax: +372 61 91 007 

Riga office – Valdemara Center 3rd floor,
Kr. Valdemara street 21, LV-1010, Riga, Latvia
Tel: +371 67 24 00 90
Fax: +371 67 24 00 91

Vilnius office-Vilniaus vartai, 6th floor

A.Tumėno st. 4, LT-01109, Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel: +370 52 61 10 00
Fax: +370 52 61 11 00

info@gencs.eu
http://www.gencs.eu/
http://www.attorneys-at-law.eu/

http://lavvocato.eu

Types of cases: tax, mergers & acquisitions, labor law, corporate law, intellectual property, immigration, litigation, contracts, real estate & construction, banking & finance, bankruptcy and restructuring.

The law firm has successful term cooperation with US law firms all over the States, such as Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Baker & McKenzie, Davis Polk & Wardwell, DLA Piper, Holland & Knight, Duane Morris, Frost BrownTodd, Polsinelli Shughart, Covington & Burling, Faegre Baker Daniels, Knoble Yoshida & Dunleavy, Barnes & Thornburg and many others.

Law Firm Glikman, Alvin & Partnerid
Liivalaia 45, 13th floor, 10145 Tallinn
Tel: (+372) 686 0000
Fax: (+372) 686 0002
E-mail: estonia@blslawfirm.com
Internet: http://www.blslawfirm.com/et/bls-estonia/home

Types of cases: Emphasis on civil law, civil damages, estates, government relations, marriage/divorce, taxes, aeronautical/maritime, contracts, corporations, foreign investment, insurance, labor relations, marketing agreements, patents/trademarks/copyrights, immigration, theft/fraud/embezzlement.
Services: will certify translations, signatures and copies.
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Hedman Partners Attorneys-at-Law
Rotermanni 8, Tallinn 10111
Tel: (372) 6 645 250
Fax: (372) 6 645 251
E-mail: info@hedman.ee
Internet:  http://www.hedman.ee/
Blog: blog.hedman.ee 

Hedman Partners has associated offices in Helsinki, Finland and partner offices in Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania.

Types of cases: Main areas of services are all classical legal services related to economic and commercial law, inter alia: mergers and acquisitions and international legal issues, contract and commercial law (including labour law), real estate transactions, planning and environmental law, information technology and intellectual property law, competition law, banking and financing, tax law, dispute resolutions (including insolvency and debt-recovery)

Hough, Hutt & Partners
Narva mnt 7, Tallinn, 10117, Estonia
Tel: (372) 644-6227
Fax: (372) 631-4417
Mobile: (372) 502-8239
E-mail: estlaw@neti.ee
Internet: http://www.hough-hubner-attorneys.ee/

Other Offices: Riga, Latvia; Vilnius Lithuania; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Kiev, Ukraine and Warsaw, Poland.

Types of cases: foreign investment, corporate law, banking law, securities law, corporate and individual income taxation value added and social taxation (health and pension taxes), commercial law, international trade law, public international law, real estate law & real estate restitution matters, privatization laws, customs and transit regulations, shipping laws, import and export regulations, intellectual property law, inheritance matters
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Law Firm Varul
Ahtri 6a, Admiral House
10151 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: (372) 6264-300
Fax: (372) 6264-306
E-mail: tallinn@varul.ee
http://www.varul.ee

Office in Tartu:
Kaluri 2, 51004 Tartu
Tel: (372-7) 301-610
Fax: (372-7) 301-620
E-mail: tartu@varul.ee

Office in Riga:
Kaļķu 15, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
Tel: +3716722 2237
Fax: +3716722 2236
riga@varul.com

Office in Vilnius:
Konstitucijos av. 7, LT-09308 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel: +370 5 248 7337
Fax: +370 5 248 7338
E-mail: vilnius@varul.com

Types of cases: employment, energy & natural resources, healthcare & pharmaceuticals, insolvency, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, insolvency, competition & antitrust, litigation & dispute resolution, M & A, media, communications & technology, private equity, PPP/PFI, public procurement, real estate, shipping & transport, tax, white-collar crime
Can arrange for services of a certified translator, court reporter/stenographer and notary.
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Law Office GLIMSTEDT
Rävala 5, entrance B, 7th floor
10143 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: +372 611 8050
Fax: +372 611 8051
E-mail: Tallinn@glimstedt.ee
http://www.glimstedt.ee/

They have associated offices in:
Vilnius http://www.glimstedt.lt/
Riga http://www.glimstedt.lv/
Stockholm http://www.glimstedt.se/

Types of cases: real estate & construction, civil damages, tax & customs, banking/financial, contracts, corporations, foreign investment, M&A, commercial law, labor relations, insurance, patents/trademarks/copyrights, administrative law, litigation
Services: Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Glimstedt Straus & Partners is the exclusive member of TerraLex for Estonia http://www.terralex.org/ and International Fiscal Association.

Law Office HETA  
A.H.Tammsaare tee 47, 11316 Tallinn
Tel: (+372) 699-6611
Fax: (+372) 644-2889
E-mail: heta@heta.ee
http://www.heta.ee/

Types of cases: General practice, contracts, real estate, construction law, corporate, commercial, international, company and tax law, litigation and arbitration, corporate insolvency, administrative law, family law, civil law, estates, insurance, foreign claims, foreign investment, marketing agreements, aeronautical, maritime, labour law
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Law Office Keevallik & Partners
Roosikrantsi 19, 10119 Tallinn
Tel: (372) 630-8500
Fax:(372) 644-2681
E-mail: info@keevallik.ee
E-mail: estonia@balticlaw.com
http://www.keevallik.ee/
http://www.balticlaw.com/

Types of cases: civil damages, estates, government relations, taxes, banking/financial, collections, contracts, corporations, foreign claims, foreign investment, insurance, labor relations, marketing agreements, patents/trademarks/copyrights, car accidents.
Can provide services of a certified translator, court/reporter/stenographer or notary.
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Law Office Keevallik & Partners is the member of BalticLaw Offices (http://www.balticlaw.com/), a group of Baltic law firms having offices in Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia) and Vilnius (Lithuania).

Law Office Valiunas Ellex
Roosikrantsi 2, EE-10119 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: +372 6407170
Fax: +372 6407171
http://www.valiunasellex.lt/en/contacts/844

Types of cases: civil damages, estates, government relations, taxes, shipping/admiralty/maritime law, intellectual property cases, banking/financial, collections, contracts, corporations, foreign claims, foreign investment, insurance, investment in raw materials, labor relations, marketing agreements, mining/petroleum, immigration
Will provide services of a certified translator.
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Valiunas Ellex, a member of Ellex, a circle of leading Baltic law firms, is the largest specialised legal team in Lithuania, with a solid portfolio of cross-border experience both in international projects and landmark local deals in the region, since its formation in 1992. With 99 legal professionals and the broadest variety of practice areas, the firm is ideally positioned to provide each client with top expertise and in-depth specialised legal services.Valiunas Ellex is the exclusive member in Lithuania for Lex Mundi.

Law Office Sadekov
Jõe 3, Tallinn
Tel: +372 5188763
info@sadekov.ee
http://sadekov.ee/

Types of cases: criminal law and trial advocacy, administrative law and trial advocacy, information for legal persons, preparation of documentation, civil law and trial advocacy

Law Office TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE
Roosikrantsi Str. 2, 10119 Tallinn
Tel: (+372) 611-0900
Fax: (+372) 611-0911
E-mail: estonia@tgslegal.com
Internet: http://www.tarkgruntesutkiene.com/

Types of cases: estates, government relations, civil damages, taxes, banking/financial, contracts, corporations, foreign claims, foreign investment, aeronautical/maritime, general company and commercial law, insurance, labor relations, marketing agreements, patents/trademarks/copyrights, constitutional and administrative law, tax law, litigation, competition, environmental law, energy and infrastructure, insolvency, arbitration, mergers and acquisitions, public procurement
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.
Will not handle criminal cases, adoptions, child custody, marriage or divorce.
Can provide services of a certified translator.

Law Office VÄLISÕIGUSABI
Müürivahe 41, 10504 Tallinn
Tel: (372) 644-4411
Fax: (372) 644-5124
E-mail: mahhov@adv.ee
http://www.adv.ee/

Types of cases: return of alienated property, child custody, estates, marriage/divorce, succession law, missing heirs
Can provide services of a certified translator, court reporter/stenographer and notary.
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Sirel & Partners Law Firm
ScalaCity, Tartu mnt 43, 10128 Tallinn
Tel +372 606 9600
Fax +372 606 9601
info@sirel.com
http://www.sirel.com/

Practice areas: Commercial law, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), bankruptcy law, competition law, financial law, contract law, real estate and construction law, tax law, employment law, intellectual property law, maritime law, aviation law, judicial and arbitral proceedings, constitutional and administrative law, international private law, European Union law

SORAINEN Law Offices
Pärnu mnt. 15, 10141 Tallinn
Kawe Plaza, 7th floor
Tel: (372) 6400-900
Fax: (372) 6400-901
e-mail:  estonia@sorainen.com           
Internet:  http://www.sorainen.com/

They have associated offices in Riga, Vilnius and Helsinki.

The main areas of practice: Banking, Capital Markets, Corporate, Competition,  Construction, Dispute Resolution, Distribution & Trade, Employment, Energy & Utilities, Environmental, Financial Services & Regulation, Information Technology & Data Protection, Infrastructure & Regulatory, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Investment Funds, Structures & Pensions, Investment Incentives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences, Private Equity, Privatization, Project Finance & PPP, Public Procurement, Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency, Tax & Customs, Telecommunications, Transport & Maritime
Will take cases outside of Tallinn. 

Advokaadibüroo Vindex OÜ (reg 12021444)
Väike-Ameerika tänav 8-301
Tallinn 10129 ESTONIA
M+372 51 911 488
info@vindex.ee
http://www.vindex.ee
skype jevgeni_tverdohlebov

Updated: January 2018