We create legal solutions that help our bold clients to move the world forward.
Our experts provide legal services through independent offices in Helsinki, San Francisco and Berlin.
The Lean Law Firm
Dottir Attorneys is a law firm that is stripped of the nonessentials. We provide our clients with a full range of business law services, with an emphasis on technology law: our lawyers are specialized in advising both users and suppliers of information technology on various legal matters.
No hierarchy. No bureaucracy
We are convinced that a team of ambitious professionals is more powerful than a hierarchical organisation that feeds off titles and internal competition. We believe that by encouraging teamwork we increase the quality and efficiency of our services.
Young and driven
We believe that lawyers tackling the increasingly complex legal questions faced by today's companies must have a profound understanding of modern business and technology. Dottir Attorneys is a team of tech-savvy lawyers who think lawyers should be approachable instead of formal, and forward-thinking instead of stagnant.
Helsinki – Berlin – San Francisco
Our lawyers are based in Helsinki, Berlin and San Francisco. Modern business is increasingly global, irrespective of industry. We believe that the lawyers serving these businesses should be as well. Dottir is an affiliation of independent legal entities and attorneys providing legal services in separate jurisdictions. Each office is established and operates on a local basis in accordance with the laws binding in its home country and state.
Pekka Aho,Counsel, Helsinki
Pekka is specialized in litigation and has strong experience in international arbitration and dispute resolution. Pekka is also a leading expert in sports law. He has assisted some of the world’s top sports persons, clubs and agents in contractual matters and acted as counsel in over a hundred dispute resolution proceedings related to sports.
Since 2019, Pekka also acts as an arbitrator in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Joonas Dammert,Senior Associate, Helsinki
Joonas advises clients on privacy-, e-commerce and consumer protection law, IPR, regulatory matters and ICT/commercial contracts. He has been certified as an international privacy professional (CIPP/E).
Prior to joining Dottir, Joonas worked as an associate lawyer in an international law firm and as a trainee in some of the major Finnish law firms. Joonas holds an LLM degree from the University of Helsinki in addition to a bachelor degree in political sciences.
Antti Innanen,Advisor, Helsinki
Antti is a pioneer in the field of legal innovation and he is a frequently requested presenter at various legal tech and legal design seminars such as Legal Geek, Legal Hackers and JDHorizons. Antti is also recognized in multiple rankings, such as Legal 500 and WTR 1000.
Antti is the former Managing Partner of Dottir and the current CEO of Dot., a legal design and legal tech venture that span out of Dottir in 2020. Currently, Antti is acting as a strategic advisor to Dottir.
Juhani Jämsä,Associate, Helsinki
Juhani advises clients on various kinds of transactions and corporate matters.
Prior to joining Dottir, Juhani worked in the M&A practise of a major Finnish law firm.
Jesse Järvenpää,Senior Associate, Helsinki
Jesse advises our clients mainly on their contractual matters, technology and digitalisation, compliance and regulatory as well as data protection related matters. He has a versatile experience on various legal playgrounds.
Prior to joining Dottir, Jesse has worked at an international ICT company, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, at a major Finnish law firm’s technology and data practice and as a seconded legal counsel at Valio, Finland’s largest dairy and food company.
Aino Kimppa,Office & Project Coordinator, Helsinki
Aino assists Dottir’s lawyers with legal assignments and other support tasks. Aino also has a major role in planning, coordinating and implementing internal processes and workflows together with Dottir’s office support team.
Prior to joining Dottir, Aino worked as an assistant in a major Finnish law firm.
Paula Kivelä,Finance Manager, Helsinki
Paula is the Finance Manager of Dottir. Paula organises and coordinates all administrative activities and office procedures of Dottir.
Paula has previously worked at Nokia Corporation and Microsoft Mobile as an Executive Assistant. Paula brings her long expertise from bigger companies to Dottir and ensures the smooth running of our office.
Pihla Knaapila,Associate, People & Culture Manager, Helsinki
Pihla advises clients on matters relating to employment, data protection and entertainment law.
Pihla works also as Dottir’s internal People & Culture Manager.
In addition to her LLM studies at the University of Turku, Pihla has studied law at the University of Verona in Italy. Prior to joining Dottir Pihla has worked as a legal trainee in some of the major Finnish law firms as well as in the Finnish Musicians' Union.
Kristina Kotro,Senior Associate, Helsinki
Kristina advises clients on data protection law, ICT contracts, information technology, corporate law and commercial contracts. She has been certified as an international privacy professional (CIPP/E).
Prior to joining Dottir, Kristina worked as an in-house lawyer at a technology company.
Anna Kuusi,Counsel, Head of dispute resolution, Helsinki
Anna is the head of Dottir’s dispute resolution practice advising our clients and acting as a counsel in a wide range commercial disputes. Anna has notable experience of various sectors, involving eg. technology, competition litigation, project deliveries and corporate transactions.
The focus in Anna’s practice is primarily in disputes involving intellectual property, technology and commercial contracts. She has acted as a counsel in a set of commercial disputes in public courts and arbitration.
Anna is currently on maternity leave.
Viktor Kvist,Associate, Helsinki
Viktor advises clients on various kinds of transactions, private equity and venture capital investments, corporate matters and commercial contracts.
Prior to joining Dottir, Viktor has worked at a venture capital fund and in major law firms in Finland. Viktor speaks fluent Swedish, Finnish and English.
Samuel Kääriäinen,Partner, Helsinki
Samuel specializes in employment law and dispute resolution. In addition to representing employers in litigation and negotiations, Samuel’s daily work consists of advising employers on all types of personnel issues, such as matters relating to recruiting, terms of employment and benefits, employee data privacy, company restructurings as well as terminations of employment for both individual and collective reasons.
Samuel has been ranked in the field of employment law by Chambers and Partners, Legal500 and Who’s Who Legal.
Jaakko Lindgren,Partner, Helsinki
Jaakko assists clients in technology law acting for both technology users and suppliers in the private and public sector. He regularly advises domestic and international companies on a broad range of technology law matters. He has had a leading advisory role in multiple technology-driven M&A transactions and in venture capital investments in technology companies.
Jaakko is the former Chairman of the Finnish IT Law Association and a frequently requested chairman and speaker at various technology law seminars.
Otto Lindholm,Counsel, Head of Data & Privacy, Helsinki
Otto is an accomplished technology and data lawyer. He is experienced in advising businesses on a wide range of technology-related matters, both contractual and regulatory, including those relating to outsourcing and transformation projects, data and platform driven businesses, software licensing and SaaS, IoT, and many other things digital.
Otto is a well-seasoned lawyer with near 10 years of experience as both an outside legal counsel and an in-house counsel. As an in-house counsel Otto has worked extensively in the industrial IoT and ad tech spaces.
Heikki Melolinna,Marketing & Project Coordinator, Helsinki
Heikki coordinates Dottir’s marketing activities and also assists Dottir’s lawyers with AML and COI processes. Prior to joining Dottir, Heikki has worked in the public sector and most recently in a large digital marketing agency.
Heikki holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Turku University.
Emma Mäkeläinen,Associate, Helsinki
Emma advises clients on all employment law related matters, including dispute resolution. In addition to employment advice, Emma’s work consists of advising clients on data protection especially within working life as well as corporate law and transactions.
Prior to joining Dottir, Emma has worked in major law firms in Finland as well as within the banking industry.
Juha Nurminen,Partner, Helsinki
Juha is known for his client-centric and business-minded approach to transactions and dynamic deal making capacity. In addition to his extensive M&A experience he also has experience in capital markets transactions, especially of IPOs and public tender offers.
Juha is ranked as a Rising Star in Capital Markets and M&A in Finland by IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate 2020. Before joining Dottir in 2019, Juha worked as an M&A partner in a major Finnish law firm. In addition to his LL.M. degree, Juha is also a M.Sc. in Finance.
Jukka Pello,Partner, Helsinki
Jukka is an experienced technology lawyer with a particular focus on the ICT and media sectors. He assists domestic and international technology vendors as well as customers acquiring technology products and services e.g. in IT outsourcing, software development and licensing. He also regularly advises on technology intensive investments, M&A transactions and public procurement engagements.
In addition to the contractual and transactional work, Jukka’s practice covers litigation and arbitration across the fields of his expertise. He also has a strong track record in court mediation proceedings and out-of-court settlements.
Aino Pöytäniemi,Associate, Helsinki
Aino advises clients on all intellectual property law related matters, including marketing law matters, brand protection and commercial contracts.
Prior to joining Dottir, Aino has worked in major law firms in Finland as well as in the global sports company adidas in the Netherlands.
Antti Rajamäki,Counsel, Helsinki
Antti specializes in employment law and advises clients on all employment law related matters, including dispute resolution and litigation. In addition to day-to-day employment advise, Antti advises clients among other in transaction related employment matters, company restructurings and co-operation proceedings, terminations of employment, occupational safety matters, collective bargaining agreements related questions and employment and director agreements.
Antti is also a frequent lecturer on various employment related topics.
Johanna Rantanen,Managing Partner, Helsinki
Johanna is the Managing Partner of Dottir. She has several years of experience in assisting companies of all sizes in various technology and media related legal matters, ranging from commercial contracts and regulatory advice to transactions and corporate law questions.
Johanna's practice is focused on technology and intellectual property as well as media and data protection law, covering for example technology procurement and supply and IP acquisitions and licensing arrangements. Johanna has particularly extensive knowledge of copyright law and regularly lectures on the subject.
Mia Rintasalo,Associate, Helsinki
Mia advises clients on various kind of transactions, private equity and venture capital investments, corporate matters and dispute resolution.
Before joining Dottir, Mia has worked in major law firms in Finland and in New York.
Juha Rönkä,Counsel, Helsinki
Juha is a business-minded lawyer with extensive experience on clients’ employment law related day-to-day needs. Besides legal and HR related knowledge, Juha has gained valuable insights from board memberships and other positions of trust.
Prior to joining Dottir, Juha has worked in several in-house roles at VR Group Ltd., including Head of HR Legal and HR Manager for two of the Group's business divisions. Besides his in-house experience, Juha has also worked for employer unions as a specialist.
Rasheka Scott,Counsel, Head of IP, Helsinki
Rasheka is the head of Dottir’s intellectual property practice with over 13 years of experience handling intellectual property, commercial contracts, data protection and immigration law matters. Rasheka advises on branding, copyright and marketing law issues, trademark and design rights registration and protection and has extensive experience of anti-counterfeiting work for luxury brands.
Prior to joining Dottir, Rasheka has worked at a major Finnish law firm, a patent firm and an innovative legal services company in Helsinki.
Kyösti Siltala,Partner, Helsinki
Kyösti advises clients on corporate law, M&A, intellectual property rights and commercial agreements.
Kyösti has over 24 years of experience in working as an in-house counsel for both public and private equity global corporations, including Valmet, MacGregor, Uponor and Dynea. Kyösti has negotiated and executed more than 100 M&A transactions, on all 6 continents. Kyösti was the Chairman of the Finnish Industrial Lawyers' Association from 2006 to 2010.
Daniel Stranius,Partner, Helsinki
Daniel advises clients on a broad range of IT & technology law matters, such as IT outsourcing, procurement and delivery of business-critical IT systems and services and gives advise relating to commercial contracts and their negotiations.
Daniel is an experienced commercial technology lawyer with almost 15 years of experience working in the technology sector as an in-house counsel and as an attorney. Daniel is a member of the board of the Finnish IT Law Association and is ranked as a Recommended Lawyer in Finland in the field of Information Technology by Who's Who Legal.
Daniel is the exclusive winner of the Lexology Client Choice Award 2021 in the IT & Internet category in Finland.
Diana Truong,IP & Project Coordinator, Helsinki
Diana supports Dottir's IP team in brand protection and IP admin matters. Diana also assists Dottir's lawyers with legal assignments and other support tasks. Prior to joining Dottir, Diana worked as a trainee in a major Finnish law firm as well as in the Finnish Patent and Registration Office.
Diana holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Laurea University of Applied Sciences.
Mark Turunen,Senior Associate, Helsinki
Mark advises on a wide variety of transactions and corporate law matters with a focus on domestic and cross-border M&A as well as private equity and venture capital investments.
Before joining Dottir in 2019, Mark was an M&A associate at another international law firm in Helsinki.
Sami Töyräs,Associate, Helsinki
Sami advises clients on M&A, dispute resolution and corporate matters.
Before joining Dottir, Sami worked in a major Finnish law firm.
Annukka Valén,Senior Associate, Helsinki
Annukka advises our clients on dispute resolution, particulary within technology, media and corporate law sectors. Annukka has acted as a counsel in a wide range commercial disputes in public courts as well as in arbitration.
Prior to joining Dottir, Annukka worked for several years in an international law firm in Helsinki.
Maria Velasquez,Associate, Helsinki
Maria advises clients on dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on technology, construction & infrastructure, energy, and telecoms related disputes. Maria’s previous experience includes a variety of international arbitrations under e.g. the ICC, LCIA, SCC, FAI and ICSID rules, as well as litigations within the Finnish and English courts.
Prior to joining Dottir, Maria worked for several years in major law firms in London and Helsinki. Maria speaks fluent Finnish, English, French and Spanish.
Sebastian Vuoritsalo,Associate, Helsinki
Sebastian advises clients on various kinds of transactions with particular focus on private equity and venture capital investments. Sebastian also assists clients in fund formation and investment management matters.
Prior to joining Dottir, Sebastian worked in the private equity and venture capital practice of a major Finnish law firm.
Maria Wesander,Counsel, Helsinki
Maria advises clients mainly on a broad range of commercial contractual matters, information technology, compliance, employment law and dispute resolution. Maria has extensive knowledge and experience about market abuse and anti-money laundering legislation and practices.
Prior to joining Dottir, Maria has worked as a compliance officer at Danske Bank as well as in the M&A and banking & finance practices of a major Finnish law firm. Maria has also worked as a secondee at listed construction company SRV Oyj.
Tobias Salomon,Partner, Berlin
Tobias manages the Berlin Office and his core areas of practice are commercial and corporate law as well as M&A. He frequently consults startups, business angels and investors and a particular focus of his is on Finnish-German and German-US legal relations.
Tobias is the Chairman of the Finnish-German Trade Guild in Berlin.
Pietari Gröhn,Partner, San Francisco
Pietari is a corporate attorney qualified to practice law in California, USA. He represents startup and expansion stage companies, as well as investors and acquirers, in corporate matters from formation, to venture financings, commercial agreements, international expansion and exits.
Katariina Salomaa,Paralegal, San Francisco
Katariina is a Finnish lawyer working as a paralegal in Dottir's San Francisco office. Before moving to the USA, Katariina worked as a lawyer at the Appeal Board for the Government of Finland. In San Francisco, Katariina has been volunteering for several organizations, e.g. as a legal professional volunteer at University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Edgar Tirado,Partner, San Francisco
Edgar is a corporate attorney qualified to practice law in California, USA. He represents public and private companies in corporate and commercial matters ranging from M&A representation of acquirers and sellers in technology, entertainment and medical sectors to venture and debt financings, as well as commercial, joint venture and IP agreements.