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Christian Girod, LL.M.

Partner, Certified Specialist SBA Inheritance Law, TEP

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
15bis, rue des Alpes

P.O. Box 2088

1211 Geneva 1

T +41 22 707 8000
F +41 22 707 8001

French, English, German

T +41 22 707 8000
F +41 22 707 8001

Christian Girod is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Geneva office, where he heads the Dispute Resolution Group. His main areas of practice are commercial litigation, as well as estate and trust disputes.

Practice Areas / Sectors and Industries

Expertise and Experience

  • His practice is almost exclusively devoted to international matters and covers a broad range of issues which include: pre-litigation strategic advice; representation of parties in cases related, inter alia, to estate and trusts, private banking disputes, international commodity sales, manufacturing contracts, partnerships, charter parties, insurance; and the securing and freezing of assets in aid of domestic and international proceedings
  • Representation of a Swiss Foundation as defendant in relation to estates opened in 1928 and 1968 which involve artworks and other assets confiscated by the Nazis in the 1930's and are governed by the laws of different states
  • Representation of an insurance broker sued by a former client in relation to a complex insurance scheme (claims totaling several tens of millions Swiss francs)
  • Representation of a bank sued by a former client in relation to multiple transfers initiated by a person holding a proxy on the account
  • Representation of a bank sued by a former client in relation to investment proposals made by the bank, their implementation and subsequent investments (claims totaling several tens of millions Swiss francs)
  • Representation of an alleged debtor opposing to an attachment order obtained by a creditor on more than two dozens of accounts (claims totaling several hundreds of millions Swiss francs)


Professional Experience
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer

Education and Admission
Bar Admission in Switzerland
Master of Laws (LL.M.), Harvard Law School
lic. iur., University of Geneva


  • Chambers Global/Europe: Litigation
  • Legal 500: Dispute Resolution; Litigation
  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leader 

„strong technician, with solid skills and knowledge of the law“

Chambers Global 2016

Selected Publications

La protection du dénonciateur en droit du travail de Lege Ferenda : quelques réflexions
in: Transparence et secret dans l'ordre juridique : Liber amicorum pour Me Vincent Jeanneret / ed. par Bénédict Foëx et Laurent Hirsch. - Genève : Ed. Slatkine, 2010, p. 15-39
Institutional vs. ad hoc Arbitration
Christian Girod, Anne Véronique Schlaepfer
Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler / Blaise Stucki (eds), International Arbitration in Switzerland, a Handbook for Practitioners, Kluwer Law International / Schulthess, The Hague / Zurich, 2004