Prof. Przemysław Drapała was appointed Managing Partner of JDP on 1 January 2020. The existing Managing Partner, Zbigniew Jara, who held this position since 2005, will continue his practice as of counsel.

‘By handing over the helm to Professor Drapała, I’m leaving our law firm in the best hands. In recent years, we have been working together for the success of JDP, which was achieved thanks to the efforts of the other partners and the commitment of the whole team. After nearly 35 years of intensive professional work, including 15 very rewarding years devoted to the establishment and development of JDP, I came to the conclusion that it’s high time to focus on work-life balance. I’ll support the firm from the of counsel position. I am convinced that under the leadership of Prof. Drapała our law firm will continue to develop dynamically and strengthen its strong position on the Polish legal market,’ says Zbigniew Jara.

Entrusting me with the management of such a thriving law firm is a challenge. I would like to thank Zbigniew Jara for his contribution to the creation and management of JDP from a boutique law firm to its present position. Over the last three years, our law firm has almost doubled in size, which shows our potential. My goal is to organically develop our law firm further, based on internal promotions and the acquisition of selected experts and talented young lawyers from the market, as well as to focus on the development of practices in which our experience and competences are particularly appreciated by Polish and foreign clients,’ stated Prof. Drapała.

Prof. Przemysław Drapała heads the Court and Arbitration Proceedings Team comprising 25 lawyers and the Infrastructure Team. He has 20 years of experience in representing Polish and foreign entities in proceedings before common and arbitration courts. He was an attorney-in-fact in several dozen complex court and arbitration proceedings, in particular concerning construction and infrastructural investments. Additionally, he successfully represents companies from the automotive and real estate industries, manufacturers and technology suppliers, as well as financial institutions. Prof. Przemysław Drapała was distinguished in the international ranking, The Legal 500 (2018, 2019), as Leading Individual in Poland in the field of Construction/Construction Disputes. He is an associate professor, head of the Department of Civil Law at Kozminski University in Warsaw, and author of over 80 publications on civil, commercial and arbitration law.

Marcin Chomiuk, Legal Adviser and Partner, has become the Head of the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team, which he managed together with Zbigniew Jara.

Zbigniew Jara, in the capacity of of counsel, will deal with selected M&A transactions, company law, restructuring, and above all, strategic consulting for businesses operating across borders between Poland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.