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Marieke Witkamp

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Marieke Witkamp has more than 15 years of legal experience, focusing her practice on construction law, litigation and dispute resolution. Marieke has acted for a variety of clients in international and domestic commercial and construction disputes and also provides non-contentious legal advice on various matters, including on Dutch law. Marieke has served as a judge in the Netherlands since 2003 and continues to sit as a substitute judge for the Court of Rotterdam.

Professional Background

Before joining K&L Gates, Marieke worked as in-house counsel in the Dutch natural gas industry, as in-house counsel in Qatar in the sports industry and for a boutique litigation firm in Houston, Texas. She originally trained as a commercial judge in The Netherlands, as part of which she practiced law as a Public Prosecutor, as an attorney in the litigation practice of an international law firm and on rotation through the court as a judge trainee in the fields of Criminal Law, Civil Law and Administrative Law. She still works as substitute judge for the Court of Rotterdam.

Marieke obtained her legal master’s degree in Dutch law from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 2002 and holds an additional master’s degree in US law from the University of Houston. Marieke was admitted to the Texas bar in 2017.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

Speaking Engagements

On several occasions Marieke has provided legal training on criminal procedural law to members of the Dutch Royal Military Police Force.

Marieke has provided legal training on torts to colleagues in the Dutch natural gas industry.

Additional Information

Council for the Dutch Judiciary, Certificate of Completion of judiciary trainee program, 2008
  • Confidential Client: advising a new QFC entity regarding compliance of its employment contracts with the QFC Employment Regulations.
  • Confidential Client: Advising a Qatari contractor on a ICC arbitration against a Qatari client for non-payment relating to construction works in Lusail, Doha.
  • Confidential Client: Advising a Qatari contractor on a ICC arbitration against a Qatari subcontractor related to termination of a construction contract for a hotel project in Qatar.
  • Confidential Client: Advising a Qatari bank in QFC Court proceedings brought against them by a QFC insurance company for breach of contract.
  • Confidential Client: Providing a Qatari construction company with legal advise on an ongoing basis related to the execution of a construction agreement.
  • Confidential Client: Managing the discovery process and assisting in Summary Judgment proceedings in a pipeline condemnation case before the County Court at Law#3 of Fort Bend County, Texas.
  • Confidential Client: Assisting with getting a construction case trial-ready before Harris County 295th District Court in Harris County, Texas.
  • Confidential Client: Advising a gas industry client on liability risks related to induced earthquakes caused by gas extraction and setting up compensation schemes for earthquake-related claims.
  • Confidential Client: Drafting an EPC contract for additions to an existing LNG terminal related to the provision of new services.
  • Confidential Client: Drafting and negotiating service agreements for a new business of an LNG terminal.
  • Confidential Client: Assisting with the setting up of an IP rights framework for a quasi-governmental sporting body in Qatar.
  • Confidential Client: Drafting commercial contracts for the organizing committee of a big sports tournament in Qatar and assisting in getting this tournament insured.
  • Confidential Client: Advising a sports hospital in Qatar on procurement and tendering procedures.