Jussi Ikonen

Partner, Chairman of the Board, Attorney-at-Law, Trained at the Bench

Jussi Ikonen is a seasoned professional in the field of dispute resolution.

Jussi specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. He has acted as a counsel in several major domestic and international arbitrations. He also regularly acts as an arbitrator and a mediator.

Jussi has extensive knowledge of and experience in a wide variety of cases arising out of e.g. contract law, tort law and liability issues. His practice also includes employment disputes and white-collar crime related matters.

Jussi is accredited as a mediator by the Finnish Bar Association, and he lectures regularly on topics related to dispute resolution and liability issues.

Along with his work as an attorney, Jussi represents Helsinki-based business law firms in the board of the Finnish Bar Association, and he also acts as a media-attorney appointed by the Bar Association.


  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Lapland, 1998
  • Trained at the Bench, 2001
  • Attorney-at-Law, 2003


  • Merilampi Attorneys Ltd., Chairman of the Board 2019 –, Managing Partner 2015 – 2019, Partner 2010 –, Specialist Counsel 2009
  • Roschier Attorneys Ltd., Lawyer 2001 – 2009
  • A&L Goodbody Solicitors, Dublin, Visiting Lawyer 2007
  • District Court of Oulu, Judge Trainee 2000 – 2001
  • Hannu Gehör Oy, Attorneys-at-Law, Lawyer 1998 – 2000


  • Member of the Board of the Finnish Bar Association
  • Finnish Arbitration Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Supervisory Board of the Finnish Bar Association, deputy member 2013 – 2015


  • Legal 500 EMEA, Dispute Resolution (2021): Jussi Ikonen leading individual.
  • Chambers Europe and Global, Dispute Resolution (2021): “Jussi Ikonen regularly handles contractual and shareholder disputes, as well as criminal cases.”
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Dispute Resolution (2020): Jussi Ikonen leading individual. “Jussi Ikonen provides insightful and timely advice.
  • Chambers Europe and Global, Dispute Resolution (2020): “Jussi Ikonen acts on commercial and corporate litigation, including contractual claims and shareholder disputes. He also acts on commercial arbitrations. Clients describe him as “prudent and analytical”.”
  • Chambers Europe and Global, Dispute Resolution (2019): “Jussi Ikonen is experienced handling contractual claims, professional liability cases and cross-border disputes. Clients describe him as “very responsive“.”
  • Legal 500 EMEA (2019): Jussi Ikonen recommended in Dispute Resolution and Employment.
  • Chambers Europe and Global, Dispute Resolution (2018): “He is valued by clients for his “extremely calm” demeanour as well as his “discreet and supportive” handling of case.”
  • Chambers Europe and Global, Dispute Resolution (2017): “Clients say: “It has been a pleasure to work with Jussi. He’s very knowledgeable, gives timely responses and offers good client service.
  • Legal 500, Dispute Resolution (2017): “The highly regarded Jussi Ikonen and talented attorney Tapio Väätäinen head the practice.”
  • Chambers Europe, Employment Law (2017): “Jussi Ikonen is marked out by sources for his reputation in a wide range of disputes and litigation, as well as his “solid performance” in contentious employment law cases.”
  • Chambers Europe and Global, Dispute Resolution (2016): “Jussi Ikonen is described by interviewees as “very capable and precise.” He is regularly appointed as arbitrator in domestic and international cases, in addition to acting as counsel. His expertise focuses on cases concerning employment law, environmental liability and mining disputes, including litigation.”
  • Legal 500, Dispute Resolution (2016): “Merilampi Attorneys Ltd “always keeps its promises and lives up to expectations“.”
  • Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution (2015): “Clients appreciate his “clear, insightful and timely advice“, with one source adding: “Thorough describes him best; he knows the cases and knows the details.“”
  • Chambers Europe, Employment Law (2015): “Clients particularly value Jussi Ikonen’s “savvy, thought-provoking advice. I enjoy bouncing ideas off him.” He is notably active advising on employment disputes.”
  • Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution (2014): “Department co-head Jussi Ikonen is this firm’s most prominent figure in Finnish disputes and according to interviewees he “understands the big picture but also the strategic side” of disputes. He has had particular success lately in high-profile white-collar crime and employment law-related cases.”
  • Chambers Europe, Employment Law (2014): “Clients consider him “very nice to work with – he always takes calls or returns them as soon as possible, is very calm and can be trusted. He definitely gets results – we won our case!“”


  • The Chambers Litigation 2019 Guide, Finnish chapter
  • Ikonen, Jussi and Karanko, Antti: The Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements: Can Litigation Become a Viable Alternative to Arbitration in International Commercial Disputes? Liikejuridiikka 1/2016.