Commitment and flexibility in finding the most suitable solutions.

Our law firm provides legal services to various entities and organizations, including in insurance, transportation, and marine industries. We approach each case individually, while offering our clients practical and effective legal solutions.

We specialize in dispute resolution, while zealously representing our clients, seeking damages and pursuing insurance claims on their behalf.

We guarantee our unquestionable commitment, substantive knowledge, and legal experience gained through years of representing numerous clients and favorably resolving countless disputes.

Lawyers

Rafał Szordykowski

Legal Counsel

Mr. Szordykowski is a member of the bar since 2005. He specializes in dispute resolution and commercial litigation with an emphasis on controversies that involve civil liability, commercial insurance disputes, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices.

Mr. Szordykowski advices companies and members of the authorieties on civil lability and D&O insurance. He conducts and coordinates ongoing legal services for entrepreneurs. Winner of the "Forbes Professional 2012 – Public trust professions". He speaks English.

Mr. Szordykowski is a member of the College of Mediators at the District Chamber of Legal Advisers in Gdańsk and serves as a mediator in commercial disputes.

Mr. Szordykowski co-founded the Pomeranian Regional Chamber of Commerce and, since 2016, serves as its Vice President.

Mr. Szordykowski legal experience includes:    

  • represented a publicly-traded company in a case involving a multi-million dispute brought against former board members and their D&O insurer for damages suffered by the company as the result of currency derivative transactions. Mr. Szordykowski settled the case with the insurer at the pre-litigation stage on conditions preferable to the client;
  • represented a large insurance agency in a dispute involving a leading insurance company in which the agency challenged the provisions of the agreement with the insurance company on the basis that the agreement limited the agency’s right to a commission. Mr. Szordykowski persuaded the court to declare the agency agreement unlawful;
  • represented a construction company in a favorably-resolved lawsuit against an insurer and its broker; pursuant to this case, the Supreme Court issued a crucial judgment related to the practice of insurance mediation that emphasized numerous important legal issues in the area of civil liability insurance;
  • represented victims in a favorably-resolved case brought against the State Forests for the damages suffered as a result of a tree falling upon a moving car. Due to the accident, the driver was killed and the passenger suffered serious injuries. The case, which was heard by the Supreme Court on two occasions, was highly consequential because the tree did not bear external signs of disease at the time it had fallen.

Alina Łęczowska

Legal Counsel

Ms. Łęczowska is a member of the bar since 2013. Before becoming a legal counsel, she worked for one of the country’s leading insurance companies, processing claims. The experiences gained in the insurance company allow Ms. Łęczowska to effectively represent clients in matters involving civil liability, insurance, transport, construction, criminal, and family law. She is fluent in English.

Mariusz Sanocki

Legal Counsel

Mr. Sanocki is a member of the bar since 2013. He represents companies operating in the TSL, marine, and Oil & Gas industries. Mr. Sanocki is also a registered Ship Agent and possesses extensive experience in the procedural law. He frequently represents domestic and foreign entrepreneurs and assists his clients while being fluent in both English and Russian.

Practice

Corporate and Commercial Law

Ongoing and day-to-day corporate services for companies

We effectively advise clients on choosing the optimal legal form and guide them through the process of forming commercial law entities and companies. Our law firm also supports clients in various entities’ transformation processes, including mergers & acquisitions, liquidation, and bankruptcy proceedings. We advise clients on acquisitions of shares as well as purchases of entire enterprises or sections thereof.

We draft documents and resolutions for boards and management committees. We formalize and report changes to the National Court Register (Krajowego Rejestru Sądowego). Our law firm advises boards in areas of liabilities and risk management with the emphasis on negotiating and performing D&O insurance contracts.

Our law firm cooperates with various tax advisors, finance and accounting experts. We specialize in obtaining external investment financing for our clients, including procuring funds from the European Union.

Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution is the core of our business

To avoid costly and, above all, time-consuming court disputes, we negotiate with the adverse parties, attempting to resolve cases amicably, and leaving the courts as a last resort. We represent clients before common courts, the Supreme Court, arbitration courts, as well as in court and out-of-court mediation proceedings.

Representative cases conducted by our lawyers:

  • represented a publicly-traded company in a case involving a multi-million dispute brought against former board members and their D&O insurer for damages suffered by the company as the result of currency derivative transactions. Mr. Szordykowski settled the case with the insurer at the pre-litigation stage on conditions preferable to the client;
  • represented a large insurance agency in a dispute involving a leading insurance company in which the agency challenged the provisions of the agreement with the insurance company on the basis that the agreement limited the agency’s right to a commission. Mr. Szordykowski persuaded the court to declare the agency agreement unlawful;
  • represented a construction company in a favorably-resolved lawsuit against an insurer and its broker; pursuant to this case, the Supreme Court issued a crucial judgment related to the practice of insurance mediation that emphasized numerous important legal issues in the area of civil liability insurance;
  • represented victims in a favorably-resolved case brought against the State Forests for the damages suffered as a result of a tree falling upon a moving car. Due to the accident, the driver was killed and the passenger suffered serious injuries. The case, which was heard by the Supreme Court on two occasions, was highly consequential because the tree did not bear external signs of disease at the time it had fallen.

Insurance Law

Insurance law is one of our leading specializations

We advise various participants of insurance markets, including insurers, insurance brokers, as well as entities seeking or utilizing insurance protection. We frequently work with the leading Polish insurance law experts finding suitable solutions for our clients.

  • advise and negotiate insurance contracts; in particular, on provisions related to civil liability of working professionals and managers (D&O insurance);
  • formulate opinions on insurance contracts, general terms and conditions, clauses and provisions;
  • advise insurance brokers on brokerage and other agreements. We pursue compensations for brokering from insurance companies and for improper performance of brokerage agreements;
  • advise multi-agents on agency contracts and represent them in disputes with insurers; in particular, on the basis of the right to commission;
  • support insured and injured parties in damages liquidation processes. We assess the legitimacy of the parties’ claims against insurers, report damages on their behalf, and then represent insured and injured parties up until the conclusion of the liquidation proceedings;
  • represent clients in court matters, mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Claim compensation

We pursue damages from perpetrators of demages and insurers

We represent victims throughout the entire settlement process. We analyze the victim’s case, prepare documentation, formulate and submit claims, and then negotiate such claims with the insurer. In the event of unresolved negotiations, we represent the victim before the courts.

Thus far, we have conducted several hundred compensation cases, including many highly complex and precedent-setting ones. We have significant successes in this field.

We get compensated primarily based upon a commission payable if the case is resolved favorably for our client; the amount may further depend upon the type and the complexity of the case.

We are seeking compensation for:

  • traffic accidents,
  • marine accidents,
  • accidents at work,
  • medical malpractice and hospital infections,
  • unjust imprisonment,
  • product defects,
  • farm accidents,
  • air noise in restricted areas surrounding airports.

Intelectual property and new technologies

We advise and represent clients in matters related to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property laws, including copyrights, trade and service marks, as well as in cases involving new technologies, media & advertising, and the protection of personal rights.

With regard to intellectual property, our services include:

  • we advise on the management of intellectual property assets and portfolios;
  • we recommend methods and procedures targeted at avoiding violation and infringement of intellectual property rights and the principles of fair competition;
  • we draft legal opinions on licensing and publishing agreements, as well as on intellectual property rights transfer and assignment agreements;
  • we assist with matters aimed at obtaining, maintaining and enforcing trademarks, service marks, patents for inventions, industrial designs and geographical indicators;
  • we represent clients in court and arbitration proceedings in matters involving protection of copyrights and related rights, patents and inventions, utility models, industrial designs, trademarks, geographical indications and topography of integrated circuits among other intellectual property rights;
  • we represent clients in court and arbitration proceedings in matters aimed at preventing and combating unfair competition, with the emphasis on the company’s designations, goods or services, reputation, imitation of products and advertising, protections of know-how or trade secrets.

Transport and logistics

We advice carriers and forwarders

We access risks resulting from national and international contract agreements, logistics, and transportation orders, with a particular emphasis on the position and scope of responsibilities of multi-modal transport participants, including at the marine and air transportation stages.

We represent clients in warranty, insurance, mediation and court proceedings in connection with damaged or lost goods.

Maritime law

We advise maritime industry entrepreneurs, both at the corporate level and in day-to-day operations, including:

  • when selecting appropriate insurance coverage considering the way marine units are utilized,
  • when selecting a proper type of a marine transportation agreement,
  • in cases involving marine accidents and incidents,
  • in cases of arrest of marine units.

We offer a full range of legal services for domestic and foreign ship owners and other marine trade participants in Polish ports, including representing such parties in court and arbitration proceedings.

We also offer the following services:

  • registration of marine units,
  • establishing of mortgages, pledges and privileges on ships and marine units,
  • restructuring of shipping assets,
  • representing parties in proceedings before marine administration bodies,
  • analysis and drafting of shipbuilding agreements.

Mediation

Rafał Szordykowski successfully conducted numerous mediations, including disputes in areas of construction, commercial, and finance. Mr. Szordykowski represents parties in various commercial matters in out-of-court and judicial mediation proceedings. He is a member of the mediators? college at the District Chamber of Legal Advisers in Gdańsk, and a registered mediator recorded by the President of the District Court in Gdańsk.



What is mediation?

Mediation is a dispute resolution process that involves a neutral and impartial third party, called a mediator, whose task is to improve and facilitate communication between the parties. The mediator does not make a binding decision resolving the dispute.

Why mediation?

Frequently, lawsuits are expensive and time-consuming. Consequently, one or both parties involved in litigation are dissatisfied with the result. Mediation can be a suitable alternative to litigation because of its speedy process and lower costs. The judicial process can also lead to the termination of the business relationship between the parties, while mediation can also help to maintain a healthy relationship.

What are the rules of mediation?

Mediation is voluntary, which means that it is up to the parties to decide whether to initiate or terminate the proceeding. The parties also have the right to choose a mediator.

Mediation is confidential, which means that the parties and the mediator are obligated to maintain confidentiality about what they learned or discovered during the proceedings. The mediator cannot also be called as a witness in a subsequent trial without the consent of the parties.

The mediator should be impartial and neutral. Impartiality means that the mediator is not associated with any of the parties, while neutrality implies that he does not have a particular attitude toward any of the parties due to his unbiased beliefs, views, and preferences.

What is the role of the mediator?

The mediator makes it easier for the parties to determine their needs and interests and acts as a “catalyst” in the process. He mitigates conflicts and helps the parties in developing options for resolving the dispute. He is also a moderator of the negotiation process. He manages the process in such a way that it is carried out efficiently, enabling the parties to reach a consensus as soon as possible. If an agreement is reached, the mediator helps the parties draft the settlement so that it can be approved by the court.

Mediation costs

The mediator’s reimbursements are specified in the Regulation of the Minister of Justice dated 20 June 2016 and titled on the amount of remuneration and reimbursable expenses of the mediator in civil proceedings (Journal of Laws of 2016, item 921). In cases involving property rights, as a general rule, the remuneration is 1% of the value of the dispute, not more than PLN 2,000 plus VAT.

The mediator’s reimbursements in extrajudicial mediation proceedings are to be agreed upon between the mediator and the parties. The cost is calculated based on the value of the dispute and the number of mediation sessions held.

Contact

Kancelaria Radcy Prawnego
Rafał Szordykowski

1 Starodworska st., 80-137 Gdańsk
NIP: 584 228 52 24

phone +48 58 555 74 89
fax +48 58 555 74 90

Please contact us via email or phone to schedule an appointment.

If you are a law student interested in an internship with our law firm, please send your CV to rekrutacja@szordykowski.pl with a statement expressing consent to the processing of personal data for recruitment purposes.

We work with both experienced lawyers and those who have just begun their legal careers.