Viktorija Jarkina

Of Counsel


Latvian, English, Russian



About me

As a litigation attorney I have extensive experience in representing clients in crisis management and highly complex court cases. Initially a specialist in civil law and commercial disputes, I saw criminal law as a hobby at first. My aim was to help clients who had suffered from economic crimes. I have successfully represented victims’ interests in criminal proceedings. Later, my hobby developed into my main specialization, and I have greatly expanded my competencies also in defence in criminal cases. I love my job and have managed a successful balance between civil law and criminal law.

Professional highlights

Dispute resolution. Many of the projects under my supervision relate to managing crisis, resolving pretrial disputes, representing clients’ interests in civil cases, and ensuring defence in criminal cases, as well as undertaking corporate investigation.

Corporate crime investigation. I often handle collection of evidence for civil claims and criminal procedures, search and security of assets. Corporate investigation includes internal risk assessment and prevention, including in relation to lack of internal control and compliance with policies of the respective industry, for example, AML, corruption risks and other areas.

Franchise agreements. The topic of my dissertation was devoted to franchise agreements; I have practical experience in franchising, and am one of the leading specialists in franchise law in Latvia.

Tenure at the Ministry of Justice. Before joining Sorainen, I spent six years at one of the largest full-service international law firms as a litigator, representing clients’ interests in civil and criminal disputes. Prior to that, I was with the Latvian Ministry of Justice, initially as deputy director for the European and International Law Department and later as director of the Civil Law Department.

Scientific work. I have a doctor’s degree in law. To pursue my scientific work, I give lectures, have authored a large number of publications and give speeches at conferences.

Academic background

  • University of Latvia, Latvia (LLB, LLM, PhD in Law)
  • Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia (LLM in Legal Linguistics)

I am a member of

  • Latvian Bar Association