Spyridon (Spyros) Antonelos 2018-11-30T00:54:54+00:00

SPYRIDON (SPYROS) ANTONELOS

Senior Fellow – Greece

Spyridon (Spyros) Antonelos is a multifaceted Greek lawyer and ADR professional with a holistic approach to dispute resolution, effectively using both judicial and out-of-court proceedings for dispute settlement adapted to the parties’ needs.

About Spyridon (Spyros) Antonelos

Spyridon (Spyros) Antonelos is a multifaceted Greek lawyer and ADR professional with a holistic approach to dispute resolution, effectively using both judicial and out-of-court proceedings for dispute settlement adapted to the parties’ needs.

As a mediator, Mr. Antonelos not only leads a very successful practice in Greece and internationally, but he also invests his time, effort and experience in developing mediation awareness for citizens, entrepreneurs, legal professionals (lawyers, judges, Ministry personnel) and students.

Mr. Antonelos is the Founding Partner of RESOLVE Mediators, a leading Greek mediation firm (www.resolve.gr), and conducts civil and commercial mediations in accordance with the highest international standards. As an accredited trainer, he trains mediators, lawyers, judges and executives in Greece and abroad (France, Cyprus, Turkey) in basic and advanced mediation.

As a lawyer, he has considerable domestic and international experience. He manages the Antonelos Law Firm based in Athens (www.antoneloslaw.gr), providing legal services to Greek and foreign clients. He also directs the Athens SMEs Chamber Mediation Centre (www.diam-acsmi.gr), where he promotes mediation awareness for Greek companies and provides mediation training and high quality mediation services.

Mr. Antonelos teaches mediation and conflict management, as well as negotiations, at MEF University,in Istanbul, Turkey and regularly serves as a mentor to young mediators and students.

Mr. Antonelos, for whom Mediation is a passion and a way of being, brings to mediation a strong element of international knowledge and experience, combined with Greek wisdom, acceptance of others, and hospitality.

Litigation Practice

Mr. Antonelos has been a member of the Athens Bar Association, since 2000 and is appointed at the Greek Supreme Court. He represents Greek and foreign parties before Greek Courts.

As the Managing Partner of Antonelos Law Office (www.antoneloslaw.gr), along with a dynamic team of lawyers, he has a wide-ranging legal practice, covering the following fields:

  • Civil and commercial law
  • Company law
  • Administrative law
  • Banking law
  • Family law
  • Employment law
  • Intellectual property, trademark and patent law
  • Personal injury
  • Medical malpractice
  • Debt collection and enforcement law
  • Land law

As Greek members of the Proteus International Law Firms Network (www.proteuslaw.eu), Mr. Antonelos and his associates often represent foreign companies and individual clients before Greek court and in ADR proceedings in the above areas of expertise.

Mediation Practice

Mr. Antonelos has been a mediator since 2008 and has mediated several hundreds of cases on claims varying from thousands to millions of euros, both in Greece and abroad, at a high rate of settlement.

His diverse mediation areas of expertise are:

  • Banking disputes
  • Personal injury disputes
  • Medical malpractice cases
  • Commercial contracts, including vendor disputes and commercial lease agreements
  • Patent and trademark infringement cases, intellectual property disputes
  • Disputes between company partners, with considerable experience in disputes between family members in family-owned businesses
  • Employment disputes
  • Debt recovery disputes
ADR Achievements and Training

ADR Achievements

  • Mr. Antonelos is regularly invited to speak at domestic Greek conferences by Chambers and Bar Associations and at International Conferences, such as Judges and Mediators Conferences or Greek and Turkish Ministry of Justice Mediation events.
  • Unanimously elected Member of the Board of the European Association of Judges for Mediation (GEMME), where he served as the Deputy Secretary General (2017-2018)
  • First Athens SMEs Chamber Mediation Centre Director (2016-present)
  • Successfully introduced to the Athens SMEs Chamber Board a proposal to create a Mediation Centre for the development of mediation awareness to its member-companies and the easy access of companies and lawyers to quality mediation services and state-of-art facilities for the effective implementation of mediations (2016)
  • First Mediation and ADR Adjunct Professor of MEF University (Istanbul, Turkey) Law and International Relations Faculties (2016)
  • Has served as a mediator and judge at the ICC International Mediation Competition, since 2013. Served as a judge of the Competition Final (2018)
  • Awarded a Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship (2013)
  • Member of the first two Hellenic Ministry of Justice Mediators Accreditation Committees, supervising mediation implementation in Greece and introducing mediation development proposals to the Minister of Justice (2012-2018)
  • First Mediation Training Coordinator of the Athens Bar Mediation Training Centre Prometheus (2011-2018)
  • Conducted over two hundred “Introduction to Mediation” seminars for lawyers, judges and executives in Athens and in eighteen Greek cities attended by more than 8,800 legal professionals (2011-2018)
  • Successfully introduced a proposal to create a mediators training centre to the Athens Bar Association Council in 2011 and worked to establish the centre (2011-2013)

ADR Training

  • Trained in mediation in accordance at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law (2013)
  • Trained in Mediation and received his European Mediator’s Accreditation from CIArb, among the first group of Greek Mediators (2008)
  • Studied advanced mediation training in the Netherlands, France, and at the International Summer School on Business Mediation, Admont, Austria
  • Specialized in Workplace Mediation and Peer Mediation. Successfully completed a semester course on “Bullying types, causes and remedies” at the Greek Open University

ADR Teaching and Mentoring

As a Trainer in Mediation:

  • Has served as a mediation accredited trainer for the last 7 years and conducted numerous mediation trainings and workshops at the Athens Bar Mediation Training Centre, Prometheus, in Athens
  • Delivered skills-development workshops for judges in Greece, at the National Magistrates School, in Cyprus and in France
  • With Greek trainers Eleni Plessa and Irini Matsouka, created a 20-hour mediation advocacy course to increase lawyers’ mediation awareness and trained more than 900 Greek lawyers on mediation advocacy in Athens and other Greek cities in collaboration with Greek Bar Associations

As the Director of the Athens SMEs Chamber Mediation Centre, he conducts:

  • Seminars for company executives and legal advisors on mediation
  • Trainings on workplace dispute resolution for corporate executives
  • Trainings on effective communication and dispute prevention skills for company executives
  • Peer mediation training for school teachers

Publications and Education

Publications

Mediation for All (Greek adaption of a French book of the same name) (ISBN: 978-960-568-441-9) (2014) Sakkoulas Law Editions (with Béatrice Brenneur).

Co-author, with Eleni Plessa, Mediation in Civil and Commercial Disputes: International Experience and Greek Implementation (ISBN: 978-960-568-096-1) Sakkoulas Law Editions (2014) (with Eleni Plessa) (comparative study of the Italian, U.K., Californian and Greek mediation models).

Mr. Antonelos regularly writes articles on mediation, and mediation advocacy for lawyers and judges and other ADR-related topics for Greek legal and news websites.

Educational Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in French Private Law (Hons.) from University Paris II Panthéon-Assas (1995)
  • LL.M. in European Law (Hons.) from University Paris II Panthéon-Assas (1994)
  • Diploma in Common Law from Edinburgh University (U.K.), which he received upon successful completion of the European Young Lawyers Scheme Program, which he attended in Scotland on a scholarship from the British Council (2003)

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