Dr Rimantas Simaitis
Dr Rimantas Simaitis is Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Department, having over 19 years experience in this field. His areas of expertise include litigation, alternative dispute resolution (negotiation, arbitration, mediation), penal law and procedure, energy law, and transport law. Dr Simaitis holds a Doctor’s degree of Social Sciences (Law) from Vilnius University, Lithuania. He is an Associated Professor at Vilnius University faculty of Law, recommended arbitrator at Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration and has been designated to the ICSID Panel of Conciliators by the Lithuanian Government. He has been, and remains, an active member and/or head of various working groups formed by the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Council and the Parliament of Lithuania, and the Council of Europe.
- "Department head Rimantas Simaitis represents clients in a wide range of matters, including shareholder and bankruptcy disputes. He is also recognised for his arbitration practice.Observers comment on his detailed approach to issues." (Chambers Global 2020, Dispute Resolution)
- "Head of the dispute resolution practice at the firm, Rimantas Simaitis is widely respected for his diverse offering. He acts on an array of matters, including shareholder disputes and product liability cases. Clients also benefit from his experience in international arbitration. One impressed source notes that he is "unbelievable in court." (Chambers Europe 2019, Dispute Resolution)
- "Cobalt is highlighted for its expertise in disputes in the infrastructure and transportation sectors in particular. Led by Rimantas Simaitis, the firm has been representing Riga International Airport in a cross-border claim made by a bankrupt Lithuanian air carrier for €58 million in damages." (Legal 500, 2019)
- "Rimantas Simaitis shows "ingenuity" and is also recommended." (Legal 500 2015, Dispute Resolution)
- "Practice head Rimantas Simaitis is an "an excellent specialist in litigation and mediation processes"." (Legal 500 2012, Dispute Resolution)
- "Dispute resolution head Rimantas Simaitis is a well-respected litigator. "He is a specialist in the court process, he charms the court and clients," a source says. He is highly regarded for his academic credentials and also acts as arbitrator." (Chambers Europe 2016, Dispute Resolution)
- Lithuanian, English, Russian
- Education & membership
- 2006 Faculty of Law, Vilnius University, PhD
- 2000 Faculty of Law, Vilnius University, Master's degree in Law
- On-line mediator of the Chamber of Arbitration Milan (RisolviOnline).
- Since 2008 Member of the Board and the Council of the Alumni Society of the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University, Chairman of the Board (2003-2008)
- Since 2006 Member of the Lithuanian Bar Association
- Since 2006 Recommended arbitrator of Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration
- New Wave of Mediation in Lithuania: What Does it Mean for Lawyers?
- Exploiting Electronisation Potential to Speed Up the Lithuanian Civil Process
- Restorative Justice perspectives in Lithuania
- Problems of the Service of Procedural Documents
- Problems of Enforcement Costs
- Judicial Conciliation
- Allocation of Litigation Costs in Stages of Apeal, Casation and Renewal of Procedure and when the Rule ''Loser Pays" Does Not Fit
- Problems of Indemnification of Advocates‘ Assistance Expenses
"Department head Rimantas Simaitis represents clients in a wide range of matters, including shareholder and bankruptcy disputes. He is also recognised for his arbitration practice.Observers comment on his detailed approach to issues."