Haakon I. Haraldsen has acquired broad experience as a lawyer within multiple areas of law. He primarily provides legal advice to businesses in connection with drafting of contracts, negotiations, and disputes. In particular, he has expertise in matters relating to trade, corporate finance, construction, oil and renewable energy, licensing and technology transfer, company law, and employment law.
A main area of Haakon’s practice is litigation and dispute resolution. He was admitted to the Supreme Court in 1988 and has litigated numerous cases before the various courts. His experience includes arbitration, both as a lawyer and as an arbitrator. Haakon is listed in European Legal Experts (Legalease, London) under litigation and arbitration. He is authorized as a mediator by the Norwegian Bar Association.
Haakon has a strong commitment to the legal profession, and ethics in particular. He has written a commentary to the Norwegian Code of Conduct for Lawyers and has published and been a co-author of several books on lawyers’ conduct. Haakon chaired the Norwegian Bar Association’s ethics committee in 1998–2006 and was until 2021 involved in evaluating complaints against members of the Norwegian Bar. He was chairman of the Bar Association, Oslo Region in 1993–1995, member of the Bar Association’s executive board in 1995–1998, and deputy chairman of the Norwegian Association of Lawyers in 1999–2002.
In addition, Haakon has published and been a co-author of several books, such as on the topics of product liability, sale of real property, and the use of Conciliation Boards in civil disputes. He is an honorary member of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Center for International Legal Studies, Austria.
- 1973Master of Laws (LL.M), University of Oslo
- 1985–Partner, Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS
- 1977–1984Attorney, Thommessen, Karlsrud, Heyerdahl & Brunsvig
- 1975–1997Associate judge, Sør-Gudbrandsdal sorenskriverembete
- 1973–1975Vit.ass., University of Oslo