Vadym Popko, who turns 30 this year, is the youngest person on the Kyiv Post’s top commercial lawyers list.
Getting such high acclaim from colleagues at such a young age is, in itself, a big achievement. Even more startling is that Popko received his formal certificate from Ukrainian regulators to practice as a lawyer only two years ago.
Considered a specialist in corporate law, banking and litigation, Popko in many ways serves as a role model even to many of his more seasoned colleagues.
He claims to be very selective in the cases he takes on. Popko considers his main challenge as deciding which cases to take on, rather than Ukraine’s notoriously tough legal environment.
“There are those situations when the client is not right, but really wants to win,” Popko explains. “We have the following principle: Our client is always right. And if he is not, this is not our client.”
As the youngest lawyer on this year’s Kyiv Post top commercial lawyers list, Popoko is clearly still idealistic in a profession filled with hired guns who believe that everyone and every business – whether they are right or wrong – should get the best possible representation that money can buy.
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