The Team

Ludmila Yamalova

Founder and Managing Partner


Ludmila is the founder and Managing Partner of the Firm, actively managing and practicing since 2009.  She is a U.S. qualified attorney, licensed by the State Bar of California.  Ludmila has fifteen years of legal experience, six of which was in the Silicon Valley, plus three years of business experience in the same area.

Prior to moving to Dubai and setting up her practice, Ludmila was Associate General Counsel of a NASDAQ listed company in Silicon Valley, California – Finisar Corporation, a fiber optics company, managing high profile patent litigation and global corporate matters.

Before Finisar, Ludmila practiced with DLA Piper in the San Franisco Bay area, specializing in intellectual property litigation and bankruptcy.

Ludmila also interned at Howrey Simon & White and Legal Strategies Group, both in the San Francisco Bay area.

Representative Matters

Ludmila is a general practice lawyer, representing clients across a diverse portfolio of practice areas and industries.  Among other things, Ludmila represents clients in corporate advisory matters, often acting in an in-house counsel role.  Ludmila has also substantial experience in dispute resolution, having litigated cases in the United States, U.A.E. Courts and alternative dispute resolution forums.

In the U.A.E., Ludmila represents clients, directly and indirectly, in the DIFC Courts, arbitration tribunals, special committees, courts and before government authorities.

Ludmila is also an active member of Dubai’s legal community. She has a weekly radio show on Dubai Eye, FM103.8 and regularly publishes legal articles.

Ludmila is also regularly quoted by local and international media as a regional legal expert, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post and Bloomberg.

Ludmila has taught various legal workshops to the business community and academic institutions, sharing practical experience of the rapidly and ever-evolving U.A.E. legal community.

Among other things, Ludmila presents legal workshops at the Dubai Multi Commodity Center (DMCC).  For a number of years, she taught employment workshops at the Eminent Institute.  Ludmila was also professor at Al Hosn university in Abu Dhabi on urban planning law.

Professional Style

Ludmila is pragmatic and direct.  In her advice to clients, she focuses on business oriented solutions, keeping the bottom-line in mind. Ludmila holds uncompromising values of ethics, transparency and fairness.

Personal Interests

Ludmila grew up in the former Soviet Union and moved to the United States in the early 90s.  Ludmila’s native languages are Russian and Ukrainian.  She is also fluent in English and conversational in French.

Ludmila loves spending time with her family, traveling the world and experiencing other cultures.  She is an avid snow skier, paddle-boarder, swimmer and scuba diver.  She also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Corporate Advisory Dispute Resolution Cross-Border Negotiations Employment/Labour Corporate Compliance Contract Drafting and Negotiations Licensing Wills/Estate Planning
Managing Partner and Founder at HPL Yamalova & Plewka DMCC

May 2010 – Present
Dubai based general practice law firm, specializing in commercial, corporate, real estate, dispute resolution and criminal matters.

Legal Commentator at Dubai Eye Radio 103.8

2009 – Present
Weekly commentator on legal issues in the U.A.E. Live broadcast.

Professor at Al Hosn University

2010 – 2012 (2 years)
Part-time professor of urban planning law.

Managing Partner at Al Sayyah Advocates & Legal Consultants

March 2009 – May 2010 (1 year 3 months)
Dubai based law firm, specializing in real estate dispute resolution and commercial litigation.

Partner at Davidson & Co, Legal Consultants

2007 – 2008 (1 year)
Was one of the founding partners of the firm. Specialized in real estate dispute resolution. Built and managed own client base.

Associate General Counsel at Finisar Corp.

March 2005 – July 2008 (3 years 5 months)
Managed Finisar’s legal affairs, domestically and internationally. Headed multiple high profile patent litigation cases. Managed shareholder derivative law suits. SOX legal compliance officer.

Associate at DLA Piper US LLP

2002 – 2005 (3 years)
Specialized in intellectual property litigation. Worked on post dot com bankruptcy cases.

Summer Associate at Howrey Simon Arnold & White

2001 – 2001 (less than a year)
Summer associate, specializing in intellectual property litigation and contract drafting.

Business Analyst at Business for Social Responsibility

1998 – 1999 (1 year)
Conducted due diligence and business analysis in connection with providing consulting services to international clients on improving their bottom line by exercising social responsibility. Clients included: Starbucks, Gap, Nike, etc

Business Analyst at Strategic Decisions Group

1996 – 1999 (3 years)
Conducted due diligence and business analysis for international clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and growth development strategies.

The University of Texas School of Law

Doctor of Law (J.D.), Intellectual Property Law, 1999 – 2002
Grade: Graduate Degree

Université Paris X Nanterre

Master’s degree, European Union Law, 2000 – 2001

Reed College

Bachelor of Arts, Political Philosophy, 1993 – 1996

Université Laval

Summer School, French Language and Literature, 1994 – 1995
Activities and Societies: Studied French language, over the course of two summers.

Harvard University

Summer School, Junior Thesis, 1995
Activities and Societies: Summer school. Researched and wrote junior thesis on post Soviet era social developments.