Lucien Valloni enjoys an “excellent reputation” for his top-tier work on sports-related contentious proceedings.
Lucien W Valloni is a partner at Froriep, a leading Swiss law firm. He heads the sports law group as well as the dispute resolution group of the firm.
His practice concentrates on sports law, arbitration and international litigation. Lucien is a highly experienced litigator and has represented domestic and international clients in numerous high-profile cases.
He has a vast experience in challenging Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitral awards before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. He is one of the few lawyers that already managed to successfully overturn a CAS decision before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. He was also successful before the Court of Human Rights in a sport arbitration matter that will have an influence for all sport arbitration proceedings.
He regularly acts as counsel before CAS and other bodies such as internal tribunals of sports federations as for example the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.
Lucien and his team with Froriep provide legal advice required by global sporting organisations, clubs and athletes in various fields of law.
He is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). He is president of the Swiss Association of Football Players (SAFP) and the World Association of Icehockey Players’ Unions (WAIPU); he is also on the board of directors of FIFPro and FIFPro Division Europe. He is a member of the International Association of Football Lawyers (AIAF).
Lucien lectures on sports law at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.
He obtained his law degree from the University of Zurich in 1990 and gained a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich in 1998. He graduated with distinction, summa cum laude, and the Professor Walther Hug-Preis Schweiz, an award given to outstanding theses given the highest possible mark by a Swiss law school. He has worked as a law clerk at Zurich’s District Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Cassation.
Lucien is fluent in English, German, Italian and French.