Jānis Kubilis

Head of Dispute Resolution


English, French, Latvian, Russian



Primary practices:

Insurance, Litigation & Arbitration

Secondary practices:

Restructuring & Insolvency, Shipping & Transport, Real Estate & Construction


+371 26 349 255


+371 26 349 255

Primary practices:

Insurance, Litigation & Arbitration

Secondary practices:

Restructuring & Insolvency, Shipping & Transport, Real Estate & Construction


Jānis Kubilis, Dr.iur. leads the litigation and dispute resolution practice. Jānis has extensive experience representing clients in disputes and litigations concerning such areas as construction and real estate, banking and finance, corporate, employment, restructuring and insolvency, shipping and transport, insurance, media, IT, tax, IPR as well as in national and international arbitration.

Jānis’ professional focus is on all matters related to civil liability, analysing and evaluating the liability risks and advising on how to address them contractually and on how to protect the client’s interests in legal proceedings.

Jānis reinforces his professional experience with participation in research projects on modernising Latvian law and contributions to academic publications on current legal issues.

According to Chambers & Partners 2018 clients highlight his "great tactical thinking" and "high level of knowledge of liability issues" and that he is active across a spectrum of disputes.





2015 / Head of Dispute Resolution, VILGERTS
2010 / Associate, VILGERTS
2009 – 2010 / Legal assistant, BDO Zelmenis & Liberte


2017 / University of Latvia, Dr. iur.
2012 / University of Latvia, Mag. iur.


2012 / Latvian Bar Association


2019 / Statutory interest in cases of non-contractual liability
2018 / Conclusions of the Constitutional Court in the context of Latvian tort law
2018 / Staying of the civil proceedings due to criminal proceedings
2018 / Solidary Liability in Latvian Tort Law
2018 / Book, “Essential Cases on Misconduct (Digest of European Tort Law)”, co-author of the Latvia section
2017 / Issues related to determining the compensation for pecuniary harm in personal injury cases
2016 / Unlawful Conduct as a Prerequisite for Liability under Latvian Tort Law
2015 / Main Issues Regarding Modernisation of Tort Law in Latvia, in Humanities and Social Sciences Latvia
2014 / Foreseeability of Damage in the Tort Law of Latvia
2014 / The Current Issues and Modernisation of Liability for Damage Caused by Abnormally Dangerous Activity
2013 / The Causation in Personal Injury Cases: Non-Pecuniary Damages


Providing legal assistance to one of the largest Latvian glass manufacturers in a cross-border dispute with Italian company regarding the delivered goods. On 26 June 2019 the court satisfied client’s request to ensure the claim by seizing the debtor’s financial means in Italy.

Representing a marine insurance company in litigation against a Latvian retailer regarding the retailer’s failure to pay for the delivered goods according to United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

Successfully defending owner of an airport hangar against claim brought by construction company regarding the owner’s refusal to pay for the defective construction works. On 14 January 2019 the district court adopted a judgement in favour of the client, which became effective as of 5 February 2019.

Representing an aviation company in an ongoing litigation regarding the repayment of investments. The company who received the funds later transferred its’ business in several coordinated transactions to a related company, and thereafter became insolvent. The client brought a claim against the recipient of the borrower’s business pursuant to Article 20 of Commercial Law.



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