Thomas is a partner of Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd in Geneva.
For more than 20 years, Thomas's practice has focused on representing corporate and private clients in international and national litigation and arbitration cases. He also regularly acts as chairman or co-arbitrator under the ICC Rules, Swiss Rules or in ad hoc panels.
Thomas is a member of the ICC Swiss national committee and one of the Swiss delegates on the indicative list of arbitrators of the WTO. He also serves as arbitrator for WIPO including for domain name disputes.
Thomas also advises corporate and private clients in the fields of intellectual property (trademarks, copyright, patents, distribution and licence agreements), computer, internet and telecommunications law, as well as entertainment, media and privacy law.
The Swiss Parliament elected Thomas as one of the deputy judges for the new Federal Patent Court in 2012.
Furthermore, Thomas has extensive experience in advising construction companies for their contractual work as well as for their disputes.
Thomas is also the author of over 15 books and articles, in particular in the fields of arbitration, IP and internet issues, as well as a frequent speaker at conferences and at the universities of Geneva and Lausanne.
Thomas is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association, the London Court of International Arbitration and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. In addition, he is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and of the International Bar Association (IBA), where he serves as an officer of committee L (intellectual property and entertainment law). Thomas is also a member of the Panel of Arbitrators for IP Disputes at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).
After his law studies at the University of Berne, Thomas was admitted in 1988 to the Bern Bar and in 1991 to the Geneva Bar. He obtained, in 1993, a DES and, in 1996, a PhD from the faculty of law at the University of Geneva.
Thomas is fluent in German, French and English and has basic knowledge of Italian.
WWL says: Thomas Legler is described as a “calm, prepared arbitrator” and has a strong reputation among peers in the area.
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