A boutique law firm.
Tradition, ethics and independence.

CDLR Avocats Geneva

We assist and advise individuals, companies and institutions.

Individually or as a team, we provide legal services based on tradition, ethics and independence, under a personal relationship with our clients. Our practice is focused on criminal, civil and administrative litigation, in both national and international contexts. Having trained in a leading Swiss law firm, our partners have solid expertise in commercial matters, advising companies and institutions.

Team

Ilir Cenko

Partner
Admitted to the Geneva Bar

Ilir Cenko

Partner
Admitted to the Geneva Bar
cenko@cdlr.ch

Education and professional experience

Since 2019

Member of the Criminal Committee of the Geneva Bar association

Since 2012

Partner, CDLR Avocats, Geneva

Since 2011

Teaching assistant, University of Geneva (CAS in legal professions ECAV)

2008/11

Attorney-at-law, Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva

2008

Admission to the bar (2nd laureate ex æquo at the bar exam)
Eloquence contest of the International Bars Conference (CIB), Brazzaville
1st laureate - winner of the Francophony award

2007

Eloquence contest Michel Nançoz, organised by the Criminal Committee of the Geneva Bar Association
Winner of the second prize

2006/07

Legal trainee, Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva

2005/06

Legal trainee, Court of first instance, Geneva

2005

Sworn in as a lawyer
Licence en droit (english equivalent MA), University of Geneva

2004/05

Exchange program Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2003

Certificate in Transnational law, Duke Geneva Institute

Languages

French, English, Albanian, German

Associations

  • Member of the Geneva Bar association
  • Member of the Swiss Bar Association

Areas of practice

Advising, legal representation and defense in the following areas of law:

  • Criminal and white collar crime
  • Construction
  • Contracts (tenancy, work and services, mandate, employment, etc.)
  • Banking litigation
  • Debt collection and insolvency

Publications

  • Le projet d’art. 147a CPP: vers une érosion inadmissible du droit de se défendre, Revue de l’avocat 2020, p. 323ss (co-author)

Speaking engagements

31 October 2020 - Geneva Bar Association
“Continuing education marathon: Topic nr 32 - Criminal Law”

9 November 2019 - Geneva Bar Association
“Continuing education marathon: Topic nr 32 - Criminal Law”

10 November 2018 - Geneva Bar Association
“Continuing education marathon: Topic nr 32 - Criminal Law”

Since 2017 - Geneva Bar Association

Co-founder of the monthly “Workshops in criminal proceedings” (continuing education for the members of the Geneva Bar Association):

  • The arrest: The defense lawyer’s added value during the first steps of the investigation
  • The right to remain silent: Fundamental guarantee, advisability, use and consequences
  • The detention before trial, from arrest to deportation: practical thoughts
  • The defense lawyer’s role during the preliminary proceedings
  • The parties’ right to participate in the taking of evidence according the section 147 SCPC: Legal principles and practice of the Geneva criminal authorities
  • The special proceedings: Simplified proceedings, penal order and proceedings in the absence of the accused
  • The trial hearing
  • The defense lawyer’s added value after the sentence enters into force: The enforcement of custodial sentences and measures
  • The relationship between defense lawyer and magistrates and other participants in the criminal proceedings: Rules, usances and the interests of the accused

23 January 2017 - Geneva Bar Association
“The parties right to participate in the taking of evidence pursuant to section 147 SCPC: The related case law and its reception in the practice of the Geneva criminal authorities”

Contact

Ilir Cenko

CDLR Avocats
Rue Saint-Ours 5
CH – 1205 Geneva

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Jonathan Cohen

Partner
Admitted to the Geneva Bar

Jonathan Cohen

Partner
Admitted to the Geneva Bar
Deputy Judge at the Juvenile Court of Geneva
cohen@cdlr.ch

Education and professional experience

Since 2020

Deputy Judge, Juvenile Court, Geneva

Since 2016

Partner, CDLR Avocats, Geneva

2016

Admission to the bar (2nd laureate ex æquo at the bar exam)

2014/15

Legal trainee, CDL Avocats, Geneva

2014

Sworn in as a lawyer

2014

Paralegal, Patocchi & Marzolini, Geneva

2013

CAS in legal professions, University of Geneva (ECAV)

2012/13

Paralegal, Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva

2011/12

LL.M., King’s College, London

2010/12

Master of Laws (with a focus on sports law), University of Neuchâtel

2007/10

Bachelor of Laws, University of Geneva

Languages

French, English, German, Spanish

Associations

  • Member of the Geneva Bar Association
  • Member of the Swiss Bar Association

Areas of practice

Advising, legal representation and defense in the following areas of law:

  • Criminal and white collar crime
  • Juvenile criminal
  • Contract (tenancy, work and services, mandate, employment, etc.)
  • Family and adult protection
  • Sports
  • Road traffic
  • Debt collection and insolvency
  • Administrative litigation

Publications

  • Le caractère impératif de l’art. 87 al. 3 CPP et ses implications pratiques dans la procédure de l’ordonnance pénale, Revue de l’avocat 2018, p. 349 (co-author)
  • The Swiss International Arbitration Law Reports 2010 (Vol. 4), Juris, 2013 (assistant editor)

Speaking engagements

31 October 2020 - Geneva Bar Association
“Continuing education marathon: Topic nr. 35 – Juvenile criminal Law”

Contact

Jonathan Cohen

CDLR Avocats
Rue Saint-Ours 5
CH – 1205 Geneva

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Gilbert Deschamps

Partner
Admitted to the Geneva bar

Gilbert Deschamps

Partner
Admitted to the Geneva bar
deschamps@cdlr.ch

Education and professional experience

Since 2012

Partner, CDLR Avocats, Geneva

2011

Self-employed attorney-at-law, Geneva

2009/10

Attorney-at-law, Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva

2006/08

Legal trainee, Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva

2006

Sworn in as a lawyer

2002/06

Licence en droit (english equivalent MA), University of Geneva

Languages

French, English

Associations

  • Member of the Geneva bar association
  • Member of the Swiss bar association

Areas of practice

Advising, legal representation and defense in the following areas of law:

  • Criminal
  • Persons and family
  • Inheritance
  • Contract (tenancy, employment, work and services, mandate, etc.)
  • Debt collection
  • Immigration
  • Social insurances
  • Administrative

Contact

Gilbert Deschamps

CDLR Avocats
Rue Saint-Ours 5
CH – 1205 Geneva

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Boris Lachat

Partner
Admitted to the Geneva Bar

Boris Lachat

Partner
Admitted to the Geneva Bar
Deputy Judge at the Criminal Court of Geneva
lachat@cdlr.ch

Education and professional experience

Since 2015

Deputy Judge, Criminal Court, Geneva

2013-2015

Assessor Judge, Tenancy Court of first instance, Geneva

Since 2013

Partner, CDLR Avocats, Geneva

2012/13

Judge’s assistant, Labour Court of first instance, Geneva

2011/12

Lawyer, Chirazi & Corminboeuf Harari Law firm, Geneva

2011

Sworn in as a lawyer
CAS in legal professions, University of Geneva (ECAV)

2009/10

Legal trainee, Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva

2009

Master of Laws, University of Geneva

2008/09

Legal trainee, Court of appeal, Geneva

2007/08

Assistant with the Department of History, Economics and Society, University of Geneva

2005/08

Bachelor of laws, University of Geneva
Diplôme d’études approfondies (english equivalent CAS) in History, Economics and Society, University of Geneva

2000/04

Licence (english equivalent MA) in History, Economics and Society with minor in Political science, University of Geneva

Associations

  • Member of the Progressive Lawyers Association (former member of the Committee)
  • Member of the Geneva Bar Association
  • Member of the Swiss Bar Association
  • Active member of several political, social and sports associations

Areas of practice

Advising, legal representation and defense in the following areas of law:

  • Tenancy, real estate and construction
  • Contract
  • Criminal (including white collar crime and juvenile)
  • Persons

Publications

  • Procédure civile en matière de baux et loyers, édition 2019 (co-author with David Lachat)

Speaking engagements

2/16 October 2020
La restitution des locaux et le locataire absent, in 21e Séminaire sur le droit du bail de Neuchâtel

10 November 2018 - Geneva Bar Association
“Continuing education marathon: Topic nr. 35 – Juvenile criminal Law”

Contact

Boris Lachat

CDLR Avocats
Rue Saint-Ours 5
CH – 1205 Geneva

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Karim Raho

Partner
Admitted to the Geneva Bar

Karim Raho

Partner
Admitted to the Geneva Bar
Lecturer at the University of Geneva
Member of the Criminal Committee of the Geneva Bar association
raho@cdlr.ch

Education and professional experience

Since 2021

Partner, CDLR Avocats, Geneva

Since 2019

Member of the Criminal Committee of the Geneva Bar association

Since 2013

Lecturer, University of Geneva (CAS in legal professions ECAV)

2013/21

Founding partner, O&R Avocats, Geneva

Since 2011

Law teacher, Capacity in Laws Association, Geneva

2010/12

Attorney-at-law, Raho Avocats, Geneva

2010

Admission to the bar

2009

Paris-Montreal Francophony award, eloquence contest organised by the Paris bar and the Montreal bar associations
1st laureate - winner of the Francophony award
Eloquence contest Michel Nançoz, organised by the Criminal Committee of the Geneva Bar Association
1st laureate

2008/10

Legal trainee, Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva

2008

Sworn in as a lawyer
Master of Laws (business and litigation), University of Lausanne, Summa cum laude

2006

Bachelor of Laws, University of Lausanne

Languages

French, English

Associations

  • Member of the Geneva Bar association 
  • Member of the Swiss Bar Association
  • Member of the Swiss Society of Criminal Law

Areas of practice

Advising, legal representation and defense in the following areas of law:

  • White collar crime and complex matters
  • Criminal, criminal juvenile and support to victims of crime
  • Commercial and civil litigation
  • Contract (labour, construction, services, etc.)
  • Civil liability (tort)

Speaking engagements

Since 2017 - Geneva Bar Association

Co-founder of the monthly “Workshops in criminal proceedings” (continuing education for the members of the Geneva Bar Association):

  • The arrest: The defense lawyer’s added value during the first steps of the investigation
  • The right to remain silent: Fundamental guarantee, advisability, use and consequences
  • The detention before trial, from arrest to deportation: practical thoughts
  • The defense lawyer’s role during the preliminary proceedings
  • The parties’ right to participate in the taking of evidence according the section 147 SCPC: Legal principles and practice of the Geneva criminal authorities
  • The special proceedings: Simplified proceedings, penal order and proceedings in the absence of the accused
  • The trial hearing
  • The defense lawyer’s added value after the sentence enters into force: The enforcement of custodial sentences and measures
  • The relationship between defense lawyer and magistrates and other participants in the criminal proceedings: Rules, usances and the interests of the accused

23 January 2017 - Geneva Bar Association
“The parties right to participate in the taking of evidence pursuant to section 147 SCPC: The related case law and its reception in the practice of the Geneva criminal authorities”

Contact

Karim Raho

CDLR Avocats
Rue Saint-Ours 5
CH – 1205 Geneva

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David Lachat

Counsel
Attorney-at-law

David Lachat

Counsel
Attorney-at-law
david@cdlr.ch

Education and professional experience

Since 2015

Counsel, CDLR Avocats, Geneva

Between 1975 and 2014

David Lachat practiced in various law firms and courts, among which LHA Avocats or the Geneva Court of Appeal. He is the author of many benchmark scholars or scholarly publications, mainly in tenancy law. He has held several political positions, one of which was with the Parliament (Grand Conseil) of Geneva.

Associations

  • Member of the Geneva Bar Association
  • Member of the Swiss Bar Association
  • Active member of several cultural and social associations and institutions

Areas of practice

Advising in the following areas of law:

  • Tenancy and real estate 
  • Contract
  • Administrative

Publications

  • Le bail à loyer, in Commentaire romand CO I, 3e éd. 2021 (co-author)
  • Le bail au temps du Coronavirus, in SJ II 2020 p. 111ss et in MP 2 2020 p. 99ss (co-author)
  • Le bail à loyer, édition 2019 (co-author)
  • Procédure civile en matière de baux et loyers, édition 2019 (co-author)

Contact

David Lachat

CDLR Avocats
Rue Saint-Ours 5
CH – 1205 Geneva

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Laura Frija

Attorney-at-law
Admitted to the Geneva Bar

Laura Frija

Attorney-at-law
Admitted to the Geneva Bar
frija@cdlr.ch

Education and professional experience

Since 2020

Associate, CDLR Avocats, Geneva

2019

Admission to the bar (1st laureate ex æquo at the bar exam)

2018/19


Legal trainee, CDL Avocats, Geneva

2018


Sworn in as a lawyer

2017


CAS in legal professions, University of Geneva (ECAV)

2016


René Cassin Moot Court Competition (half-finalist)

2015/16


Bilingual Master of Laws (civil and penal law), Universities of Basel and Geneva

2012/15

Bachelor of Laws, University of Geneva

Languages

French, English, Spanish

Associations

  • Member of the Geneva Bar Association
  • Member of the Swiss Bar Association

Contact

Laura Frija

CDLR Avocats
Rue Saint-Ours 5
CH – 1205 Geneva

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Victoria Ducrest

Attorney-at-law
Admitted to the Geneva Bar

Victoria Ducrest

Attorney-at-law
Admitted to the Geneva Bar
ducrest@cdlr.ch

Education and professional experience

Since 2022

Associate, CDLR Avocats, Geneva

2021

Admission to the bar

2019/21

Legal trainee, Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva

2019

Sworn in as a lawyer

2019

CAS in legal professions, University of Geneva (ECAV)

2018

Legal trainee, Cuatrecasas, Madrid, Spain

2018

Erasmus Mobility Stay, Universitat Ramon Llull-ESADE – Faculty of Law, Barcelona, Spain

2016/19

Master of Laws, University of Fribourg

2013/16

Bilingual Bachelor of Laws (French/German), University of Fribourg

Languages

French, english, german, spanish

Associations

  • Member of the Geneva Bar Association
  • Member of the Swiss Bar Association

Contact

Victoria Ducrest

CDLR Avocats
Rue Saint-Ours 5
CH – 1205 Geneva

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Charlotte Zihlmann

Attorney-at-law
Admitted to the Geneva Bar

Charlotte Zihlmann

Attorney-at-law
Admitted to the Geneva Bar
zihlmann@cdlr.ch

Education and professional experience

Dès 2021

Associate, CDLR Avocats, Geneva

2021

Law Clerk, Public Prosecutor’s Office, Geneva

2020

Admission to the bar

2019/20

Legal trainee, Keppeler Avocats, Geneva

2018/19

Legal trainee, Criminal Court, Geneva

2018

Sworn in as a lawyer

2017/18

Teaching and research assistant, Department of Public Law, University of Geneva

2017

CAS in legal professions, University of Geneva (ECAV)

2015/18

Assessor Judge, Tenancy Court, Geneva

2014/17

Lawyer, Centre social protestant, Geneva

2013/15

Substitute Law Teacher, Nicolas-Bouvier Business School, Geneva

2012/14

Master in International and European Law, University of Geneva

2009/12

Bachelor of Laws, University of Geneva

Languages

French, English, Spanish

Associations

  • Member of the Geneva Bar Association
  • Member of the Swiss Bar Association

Publications

Asile: lacunes dans la protection des victimes de traite des êtres humains, Plaidoyer 05/2018, pp. 22-27 (author)

Contact

Charlotte Zihlmann

CDLR Avocats
Rue Saint-Ours 5
CH – 1205 Geneva

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Christelle Tuculescu

Legal trainee

Christelle Tuculescu

Legal trainee
tuculescu@cdlr.ch

Education and professional experience

Dès 2022

Avocate-stagiaire, CDLR Avocats, Genève

2022

Prestation du serment d’avocate

2022

Stage de conseil juridique aux réfugiés, Association Elisa-asile, Genève

2019

Certificat de spécialisation en matière d’avocature, Ecole d’avocature (ECAV), Université de Genève

2017/19

Master en droit général, Université de Genève

2018

Mobilité internationale, Université de Valence, Espagne

2017/18

Certificate in Transnational Law, Université de Genève

2017/18

Assistante administrative et juridique, Bounous et Cosandier Avocats, Genève

2013/17

Bachelor en droit, Université de Genève

Languages

Français, espagnol, anglais

Contact

Christelle Tuculescu

CDLR Avocats
Rue Saint-Ours 5
CH – 1205 Geneva

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Areas of practice

Founded in 2012, CDLR Avocats has developed widely recognised expertise in many areas of practice, such as criminal defense, administrative and civil litigation, including real estate, employment and family matters, as well as advising companies and public institutions.

  • Contract law (tenancy, labour, real estate, construction, etc.) and civil liability (tort)
  • Criminal law and white collar crime
  • Civil law (family law, guardianship)
  • Administrative law
  • Banking law
  • Road traffic law
  • Immigration law
  • Debt Collection law
  • Insurance law

Contact

CDLR Avocats
Rue Saint-Ours 5
CH – 1205 Geneva

+41 22 807 31 10
etude@cdlr.ch