JUDr. Karel Čermák sr., Dr. h.c.

senior partner († 19.6.2017)


Born in 1934 († 19.6.2017). In 1959 graduated from the Faculty of Law at Charles University. From 1961–1990 attorney-at-law in the Legal Consultancy No. 1 in Prague. In 1990 became a senior partner in Čermák Hořejš Vrba (presently Čermák a spol.). Made president of the newly established Czech Bar Association after the adoption of the new Act on Advocacy in March 1990 until 1994, then vice-president and a member of its board of representatives. Became the first president of the unified Bar under the new Act on Advocacy of 1996. Re-elected in 1999 for a another 3 years. Arbitrator of the Arbitration Court with the Czech Chamber of Commerce and the Czech Chamber of Agriculture, of the Arbitration Court with the International Chamber of Commerce in Vienna and of the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration Center in Geneva. In 1994 obtained “The Award for Merits for the Republic of Austria“, granted by the President of the Republic of Austria. In September 2003 he was appointed the Minister of Justice of the Czech Republic. In June 2004 he resigned from this post and joined Čermák a spol. as a senior partner again. In 2005 he was awarded a title “Lawyer of the Year”. Main practice areas: intellectual property law and arbitration.

Languages: Czech, English, French, German.