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Joanna Ostojska-Kołodziej, PhD

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Head of Employment Practice | Counsel

Fields of Expertise

Transactions M&A and Corporate Law

Employment practice

Attorney-at-law in the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team, head of the Employment Practice. She advises employers on individual and collective labour law issues, day-to-day employee matters and crisis situations; she develops effective remuneration and incentive systems, participates in complex procedures of employment restructuring and layoffs, and advises in connection with transferring the entire or part of a work establishment. She also represents employers in the proceedings before employment tribunals, if a settlement is not possible. She is an author of a number of scientific publications on civil law and popular science publications in the field of labour law.

Academic activity

  • since 2020 lecturer in the Warsaw Bar Association on labour and civil law, advocate trainees programme
  • 2015 Doctor of Juridical Science; she wrote her thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr Hab. Krzysztof Pietrzykowski, entitled “Judicial sex change” at the Institute of Civil Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw

Professional experience

  • since 2021 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2016–2020 Kochański & Partners
  • 2009–2015 Tomczak i Partnerzy


  • 2011–2013 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2010–2014 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, PhD studies, doctoral thesis defended with honours
  • 2009 Center for American Law Studies at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, in cooperation with the University of Florida College of Law
  • 2009 Karel de Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp, International Business Course, Erasmus programme
  • 2005–2010 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, master’s thesis defended with honours


  • Polish
  • English