Nele Otsalt

Assistant Lawyer


Estonian, English





About me

As an assistant lawyer with the Real Estate & Construction team, I support colleagues in preparing various construction, environmental, real estate, zoning and planning documents, and legal analyses.

According to Art. 40 (3) of the Bar Association Act, lawyers do not provide legal services. Lawyers are assisting the attorneys.



Professional highlights

Broad knowledge. I believe it’s essential to see the bigger picture and understand things beyond your field, both in law and in life in general. That’s why I have practised litigation, family law, the right of succession, medical law, employment law and finance, in addition to different internships in construction and real estate. As a member of Sorainen’s ThinkTank team, I also get to practice in other fields of law in addition to Real Estate & Construction. Although I have focused more on private law in my internships, I have taken the opportunity to advance my knowledge of criminal and administrative law by attending optional subjects and workshops at my university. Going forward in my work at the law firm, I would also like to gain knowledge of other law institutions’ working mechanisms and ways of thinking.

Empathy. Since my work in resolving both natural and legal persons’ disputes involves significant consequences, it’s important to place myself in others’ positions and see more than simply the reasoning of the law. For me, it’s important to maintain humanity and ensure equal treatment of all parties throughout the entire proceeding.

Precision. There’s no room in the law for loose ends or unclear solutions. I am dedicated to giving my best in all disputes to understand all the circumstances and to use the best practices for each solution. I contribute to the preliminary work to find the right applicable legal basis by analysing deeply both relevant publications and case law.

Communication and teamwork. Teamwork makes the dream work. I value communication and exchanging knowledge with colleagues. Everyone is good at something different, and I believe communication is a way to facilitate more meaningful argumentation and self-development. Having previously belonged both to a student council and to a voluntary organisation, I understand that mountains can be moved by teamwork and appreciate the added value of togetherness that it brings.

Academic background


  • University of Tartu (MA in Law – to be obtained)
  • University of Tartu (BA in Law)

I am a member of

  • The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA)