Lex Law Offices
Tel: +354 590 2600
Fax: +354 590 2606
Helgi Jóhannesson is among Iceland’s most experienced attorneys in the fields of corporate law, contract law and bankruptcy law. Helgi has worked at LEX since 1988 and holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
In addition to general legal practice, Helgi has been a lecturer in law at the Reykjavík University School of Business for about a decade. Helgi has since 1991 been chairman of the Vehicle Insurance Recovery Commission pursuant to the Act on Traffic and he has served as chairman of the Assessment Committee on Compensation for Expropriation since 1993. Moreover, Helgi was a member of the Icelandic Student Loan Fund’s Appeals Committee from 1997-2009.
Helgi is active in social affairs. He sat on the board of the Icelandic Lawyers Association from 1992-1999, serving as chairman from 1997-1999. Furthermore, he was a board member of the Icelandic Bar Association from 2001-2003 and chairman of the association from 2005-2008. He has also served on the board of the Icelandic Adoption Society. Helgi now sits on the tribunal of the Motorcycle and Snowmobile Sports Association of Iceland.
Helgi has three children. He is living with Þórný Jónsdóttir, marketing manager. Helgi is a qualified hiking guide from the Iceland Tourist Guide School. He enjoys hiking, skiing and riding motorcycles as well as salmon fishing and hunting.
LEX Law Offices:
LEX Law Offices in its present form has strong roots dating back over half a century. In 1959, Mr. Sveinn Snorrason, Supreme Court Attorney, founded his law firm and soon three Supreme Court Attorneys joined him, Mr. Jónas Aðalsteinsson, who still acts as of counsel to the firm, Mr. Guðmundur Ingvi Sigurðsson and Mr. Jóhannes L.L. Helgason. As the years passed the firm grew and was branded with the name LEX Law Offices in 1987. In 2000, LEX merged with KPMG LAW in Iceland under the LEX brand name. Then in 2005 LEX and Nestor Law Offices also merged.
The story of Nestor began in 1977 when Mr. Jón Steinar Gunnlaugsson, a former Supreme Court Judge, founded a law firm in his own name. Later Mr. Karl Axelsson, Supreme Court Attorney, assistant professor and current chairman of the board at LEX joined him and, in cooperation with others, they formed Nestor Law Offices.
Based on its strong historical roots and solid foundation, LEX has become one of Iceland’s largest law firms with 45 lawyers and two offices, the headquarters at Borgartún 26 in Reykjavik and an office at Hafnarstræti 94 in Akureyri, in the north of Iceland.