Martina Steiner

Dr. Martina Steiner is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Zurich. In 2017, she worked as an associate in the Geneva office for several months. Prior to joining the Firm in 2015, Martina worked at the cantonal courts and the public prosecutor’s office of Canton Nidwalden, as an attorney and law clerk. In addition, she gained courtroom experience and exposure to common law jurisdiction as a participant in the European Lawyers’ Programme at the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh, Scotland. Martina’s doctoral thesis on civil procedural law and her postgraduate degrees in mediation and forensics complement her working experience. Dr. Martina Steiner focuses on civil and criminal litigation. She regularly supports clients in pre-trial negotiations, advises on avoiding litigation or arbitration and provides counsel on improving clients’ positions in potential conflicts before courts and arbitral tribunals. Often, this involves cross-border issues. Besides litigation, Martina advises clients on all matters involving labor, employment and immigration law in Switzerland, including issues related to reorganizations, restructurings and collective redundancies.

In its decision of September 24, 2019[1], the Swiss Federal Supreme Court dealt with the question of whether an accredited court reporter can be excluded from attending court-led settlement discussions between parties in an ongoing court case. The Federal Supreme Court made it clear that there is no right for the press to be present during a court-led attempt to reach an amicable settlement between parties because this stage of the procedure does not aim…