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Jacek Kudła, PhD, LL.M. - Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate - JDP Law Firm

Jacek Kudła, PhD, LL.M.

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Fields of Expertise

Litigation and Arbitration

Infrastructure and Construction Industry

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He represents clients in proceedings before common and arbitration courts, in particular in complex infrastructure disputes, including those based on FIDIC standards. He has extensive experience in advising clients on complicated civil and commercial disputes before common courts, mediation proceedings and settlement negotiations. He represents both private and state-owned entities in disputes regarding infrastructure projects, real estate, and contractual and tort liability. Author of publications on civil proceedings.

Selected projects

  • representation of one of the largest Polish developers of office premises in multi-million disputes with buyers regarding guarantees;
  • representation of an investment fund in complicated court disputes encompassing more than ten simultaneous proceedings (value in dispute: EUR 50 million);
  • representation of general contractors (including multinational corporations and Polish construction companies) in court proceedings against GDDKiA and PKP PLK regarding settlements of contracts for road sections and railway lines, and contractual penalties (part of the disputes with a value of over PLN 50 million);
  • representation of public entities in numerous proceedings regarding e.g. refusal to recognise a judgment of a foreign court, release of seized goods with a substantial value from administrative enforcement, return of contractual penalties for a delay in the performance of a public contract, tort liability for actions taken by public authorities;
  • representation of a global hotel chain in disputes with service providers and contractors;
  • representation of large domestic entities (supplier of toys; the largest cosmetics wholesaler) in disputes regarding industrial property protection and unfair competition.

Professional experience

  • since 2023 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2020–2023 Dentons
  • 2016–2020 State Treasury Solicitors’ Office
  • 2012–2014 Nowicki&Ziemczyk
  • 2009–2010 Szlenbaum&Kiełczewski
  • 2007–2008 Constitutional Tribunal, intern

Academic activity

  • 2018 Doctor of Juridical Science; doctoral thesis prepared under supervision of prof. dr. hab. Karol Weitz on domestic jurisdiction in insurance cases, defended with honours at the Civil Law Division, Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw; 1st place in the Financial Ombudsman Competition (2019)
  • 2011–2017 doctoral student/lecturer at the Civil Law Division, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw
  • Author of academic publications on civil proceedings, and commentaries to certain provisions of the Civil Procedure Code edited by P. Rylski (Legalis)


  • 2019 entry to the list of attorneys-at-law kept by the Warsaw Bar Association
  • 2013–2017 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2011–2018 doctoral studies at the Civil Law Division, Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw; doctoral thesis defended with honours on 8 October 2018; degree of Doctor of Juridical Science
  • 2011–2013 The Rhenish Friedrich Wilhelm University of Bonn, Faculty of Law (LL.M.), graduated with distinction
  • 2009–2010 School of German Law at the University of Warsaw
  • 2006–2011 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, diploma with honours
  • 2019 1st place in the category of doctoral theses in the Financial Ombudsman Award Competition for the best doctoral thesis on customer protection in the financial market
  • 2018 distinction for the doctoral dissertation awarded by resolution of the Civil Law Division of the Faculty of Law at the University of Warsaw
  • 2010–2017 scholarship of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for scientific achievements, doctoral scholarship and scholarship for the best doctoral students at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw, Thomas-Berberich Stiftung
  • 2011–2012 Stiftung für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and DAAD scholarships


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