Petra is of Slovenian origin and works as a dispute resolution lawyer and arbitrator in Zurich. She has more than fifteen years of working experience in international and domestic arbitration and litigation. Petra has acted as arbitrator, counsel, administrative secretary and legal expert in numerous institutional and ad-hoc, commercial and investor-state disputes, governed by a broad variety of substantive and procedural laws. Her working languages are German, English, Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian.
Since 2013 Petra is an independent dispute resolution lawyer and arbitrator with her own law firm. Prior working experience includes: Senior Associate, Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich, Dispute Resolution Group (2009 - 2012); Senior Associate, WilmerHale, London, International Arbitration Practice Group (2008 - 2009); Associate, Wenger Vieli, Zurich (2006 - 2008); Legal Counsel, The Thomson Corporation, Zug (now Thomson Reuters) (2004 - 2005); Law clerk, the District Court of Zurich and Teaching Assistant, corporate, banking and securities law, the University of Zurich School of Law (2001 - 2003).
Petra’s education includes: Columbia Law School, New York (LL.M. 2006); University of Lucerne School of Law (Dr. iur., magna cum laude, 2006); Bar admission (registration at all Swiss courts, 2004); University of Zurich School of Law (lic. iur., magna cum laude, 2000).
Petra has authored and co-authored various articles on Swiss arbitration law and decisions of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court published on Kluwer Arbitration Blog and Practical Law Arbitration, including: Decisions of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in 2019: Part I (9 Feb 2020); Decisions of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in 2019: Part II (9 Feb 2020); Swiss Federal Supreme Court Confirms the Principles for the Admissibility of a Success Fee (7 Oct 2018); The right to a tribunal appointed expert (9 Aug 2011). Her further publications include her doctoral thesis: Das Einzelunternehmen im Schweizer Privatrecht (The Sole Proprietorship under Swiss law), Zurich 2007 (Luzerner Beiträge zur Rechtswissenschaft, Band 17), and a publication in the area of intellectual property: Obseg varstva pravic blagovnih in storitvenih znamk (The Scope of Protection of Trade and Service Marks under Swiss and Slovene Law), 11 Pravnik 717 (1997).
Jurisdiction: Switzerland; Slovenia