Dr. Lucien W. Valloni

Attorney at Law, Partner

Bellerivestrasse 201
CH-8034 Zurich
T +41 44 386 60 00
D +41 44 386 61 41
M +41 76 388 09 90
F +41 44 383 60 50


Lucien Valloni is a highly experienced litigator in both international and domestic criminal, commercial and arbitration cases in the Swiss courts, up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court level. Lucien Valloni is well known for his expertise in the field of appealing arbitration awards to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.

Lucien Valloni assists damaged civil parties in criminal proceedings and he is active in relation to the enforcement of foreign judgements as well as in big complex cross boarder litigation including protection and recovery of funds, including enforcement of state debts. Lucien Valloni is also one of the best-known sports lawyers in Switzerland, with extensive experience in sports litigation on various bodies of sports organisations as well as in sports arbitration at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.

Lucien Valloni has been a partner at our Zurich office since 2005. He has represented domestic and international clients in numerous high-profile cases in various fields and courts up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. He advises clients on commercial, employment, entertainment and media, insurance, real estate, aviation and international enforcement matters.

Lucien Valloni has published textbooks on litigation and sports law in Switzerland and lectures widely.

He has worked as a law clerk at the District Court of Zurich, the Court of Appeal of the Canton of Zurich and at the Court of Cassation of the Canton of Zurich. His working languages are German, English, Italian and French.

Lucien Valloni  is a lecturer at the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.


Education & Admission

University of Zurich (PhD)
Admitted to the Bar (1993)
University of Zurich (lic.iur.)


Swiss Bar Association
Zurich Bar Association
Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
Swiss Association of Football Players (SAFP)
World Association of Icehockey Players’ Unions (WAIPU)
Association Internationale des Avocats de Football (AIAF)
Board member of FIFPro (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels) and FIFPro Division Europe
Employment Law Alliance
Associazione Internazionale Giuristi di Lingua Italiana (AIGLI)
Swiss-Italian Chamber of Commerce (Camera di Commercio Italiana per la Svizzera)





Chambers Europe (Sport)
Legal 500 EMEA (Dispute Resolution – Litigation)
Legal 500 EMEA (Sports Law)
Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders Switzerland
Who's Who Legal Global Leader (Entertainment)
Who's Who Legal Global Leader (Sports)
Who's Who Legal National Leader Switzerland (Sports & Entertainment)
Leaders League (Litigation & Arbitration - International Arbitration)
Leaders League (Media & Entertainment - Sports Law)



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