Marco: Law practice and academia - a foot in both worlds
14 February 2022

Marco Garavelli is a managing associate in our litigation practice

Tell us about your education/training and how you got started.

After high school, I studied law at Bocconi University in Milan and graduated in 2009. I was eager to get a taste of the profession during my university years, so I did several internships at various law firms: first at a large Italian firm, followed by a boutique firm specialising in financial markets, then a small local firm. My last internship was at an international firm, where I ended up staying for four years, during which time I also completed my law degree.
In 2013, I joined Lombardi e Associati, a ‘super-boutique’ firm that specialised in litigation. Lombardi integrated with BonelliErede in 2019.
In the meantime, I kept a foot in the world of academia: I successfully defended my PhD in corporate law from Bocconi University in 2016 and continue to collaborate with Bocconi’s chair of company and business law to this day.

What does it mean to practice litigation at a corporate law firm?

I chose litigation because it enables me to range between sometimes very different issues. Just to give you an idea, the same day might see me attend a court hearing to discuss a contractual issue, act as a proxy at a company’s shareholders’ meeting, and meet with clients to discuss an inheritance issue.
The experience I gain in litigation also proves useful to me when negotiating contracts and corporate transactions because it helps me identify issues that could arise in the future.
This is all the more true at BonelliErede: I’m part of a team of about 90 people – including some of Italy’s top litigation lawyers, who work on high-profile cases on a daily basis.

How do you balance life at BonelliErede with your university commitments? And what do you like to do in your free time?

It’s not always easy, but at the end of the day I think it’s a win-win: my in-depth academic research aids my practice, and the cases I work on often turn into really interesting examples to cite during courses I teach.
In terms of free time, my ideal day off is spent in nature, away from the city: I spent one of my latest holidays in a small town in the middle of Finland, in a wooden house by a lake  and I can’t wait to go back!

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