Jaak Poldma

International Associate


Jaak is a dual-qualified lawyer (New York and England & Wales) and represents large companies in litigation and international arbitration. Most of his clients are in the technology, energy, and infrastructure sectors. Jaak has a wide range of experience in key aspects of dispute resolution, including discovery, oral advocacy, trial proceedings, and enforcement of arbitral awards. As a former professional tennis player, he is a competitive and passionate advocate for his clients’ needs. 

Jaak is currently working on several international arbitration matters in the energy and infrastructure sector. He is representing international companies in ICC and LCIA proceedings which arise from disputes in Africa, CIS countries, and the Gulf region. When practicing in the U.S., he represented Oracle in Oracle v. Google, a high stakes copyright trial known as the "World Series of IP." Jaak is also active in Orrick's pro bono program, having acted on behalf of single mothers in the New York Family Court and a Nigerian citizen facing deportation. In addition to his disputes-related work, Jaak has written and spoken on legal issues affecting blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies and advised companies in this space.

Jaak graduated in the top 10% of his class at U.C. Berkeley and, during law school, was a judicial extern to the Honorable Jon S. Tigar at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Before his legal career, Jaak was a professional tennis player. He is a three-time NCAA champion and was a member of the Estonian Davis Cup team.

    • Represented Oracle in a multi-billion-dollar copyright trial against Google
    • Represented an international contractor in ICC proceedings seated in the Gulf region, relating to an infrastructure project
    • Represented an asset manager in LCIA proceedings seated in London, relating to debt and equity investment disputes
    • Assisted an international technology company in resolving disputes with a major investor and a director of the company
    • Represented an international energy company in ICC proceedings relating to a production sharing agreement
    • Represented a major energy company in LCIA proceedings relating to an international joint venture agreement
    • Represented a biotechnology company in relation to arbitration and litigation proceedings over a patent dispute
    • Represented a logistics and engineering company in LCIA proceedings relating to fraud claims and contractual disputes in Africa
    • Advised a commercial client in relation to a shareholder claim in English civil proceedings
    • Advised a client in relation to risks associated with autonomous vehicles under English law
    • Assisted a major construction company on various English law questions on multiple projects in Europe