Jean-Cédric Michel

Jean-Cédric Michel

lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner

Rue François-Bellot 6
CH-1206 Geneva

Tel +41 58 200 32 00

Fax +41 58 200 32 11


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“Clarity above all”. A sharp litigator, Jean-Cédric Michel takes a direct rhetorical approach to judicial litigation aimed at concision while avoiding verbiage and jargon. He leads a team recognized for its thorough research, strategy and drafting. Having represented parties before the Swiss Federal Tribunal more than forty times, he has won numerous cases in fields as diverse as confiscation, prospectus liability, sports law, attachments or non-competition. A specialist in financial disputes and Madoff litigation, he obtained in Ireland the first settlement with a bank for its responsibility as depositary. Jean-Cédric Michel argues before the European Court of Human Rights and has achieved two landmark victories against the sanctions regimes of the United Nations Security Council.

Practice areas
  • Civil and criminal procedures
  • White collar crime
  • Commercial and financial litigation
  • Human rights
  • Arbitration
Practice groups
  • Arbitration
  • Compliance, white collar crime
  • 1987: Licensed as an attorney and admission to the Geneva Bar Association
  • 1987: 1st prize in the Art of Oratory Competition of the Bar Association
  • 1985: lic. iur., University of Geneva
  • 1980: “C” secondary school diploma (baccalaureate), International School
Experience / Career
  • since 2019: Partner at Kellerhals Carrard, Geneva
  • 1984-2018: Attorney at Law, Partner, dePfyffer|Avocats, Geneva
  • French
  • English
Further activities
  • Author of the legal blog, previously LawThinkTankBlog 
  • since 2016: Chairman of the Bar Innovation and Modernization Committee (CIMBAR) of the Bar Association
  • 1995-2013: Member of the Attorney Review Committee
  • 2003-2013: Member of the Swiss Olympic Committee on Doping
  • 2002-2006: Board member of the Bar Association
Publications and presentations
  • « Apple vs Greece », roman (2017/2019)

  • « Etre efficace en Justice » (Schulthess/LGDJ 2011)

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