Maria Pihlak

Maria Pihlak

Senior Associate


+372 6 400 976

Mob: +372 55 660 163
Fax: +372 6 400 901
Office: Estonia

Practice areas:

Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Government Relations & Administrative Law

Languages: Estonian, English

Maria Pihlak is an associate specialising in dispute resolution with an emphasis on international arbitration, cross-border litigation and alternative dispute resolution (mediation). She obtained a specialised degree from a world-renowned university in international law. Maria has work experience in the public sector having interned for the Estonian Ministry of Justice and for the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she handled disputes involving Estonia at the European Court of Human Rights. Additionally, Maria has experience in investment treaty arbitration having interned for a global dispute team at an international law firm based in Washington DC.  

Maria has a strong background in research and academic writing having worked as a research assistant for the O’Neill Institute for National and Global health law, for Georgetown University and for Oxford University. She was a national expert for a study commissioned by the European Commission for research on cross-border business to business mediation.


University of Tartu, Estonia (BA in law)
Howard University, Washington DC, USA (exchange student, fall 2010)
University of Tartu, Estonia (MA in Law)
University of Salzburg (summer school in European private law)
University of Vienna, Austria, (exchange student, spring 2013)
Georgetown University Law Center, USA (LL.M. in International Business & Economic Law with a certificate in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, graduated with Distinction)


Estonian Bar Association
Young Arbitrators Forum of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC YAF)
International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA)
Young International Arbitration Group of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA YIAG)

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