Dr. Irina Paliashvili began her private practice by co-founding one of the first private law firms in Ukraine and expanded by founding the Washington-based Ukrainian Legal Group, where she serves as the Managing Partner.

She graduated with highest honors from the Kyiv State University School of International Law and earned a Ph.D. in International Law from the same school.  She also holds an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from George Washington University.  She is licensed to practice Ukrainian law as a Special Legal Consultant in the District of Columbia and is a member of the Kyiv Bar. 

In addition to general corporate and transactional expertise, Irina has special experience in commercial dispute resolution and mediation and is a member of the Energy Community Dispute and Negotiation Centre’s Panel of Mediators in Vienna.  She has extensive experience in providing independent expert witness reports and testimony on the matters of Ukrainian law in international arbitrations and in the US, UK, the Netherlands, Cypriot and Swedish courts proceedings.

Irina serves as the Chair of the Legal Committee of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, a member of the International Advisory Board, Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) and a member of the Advisory Board of Best Lawyers®.  In her capacity as the International Rule of Law Officer of the International Bar Association’s Rule of Law Forum, Irina is actively engaged in the issues of Accountability and Justice, as well as defending and restoring global rule of law.