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Pål Sverre Hernæs

Admitted to the Supreme Court

Pål Sverre Hernæs heads our criminal law practice area. Pål has extensive professional experience from various civil and enterprise crime cases, as well as private law and dispute resolution matters.

Pål’s professional experience includes his time as a police prosecutor at The Norwegian National Authority for the Investigation and Prosecution of Economical and Environmental Crime (Økokrim). Pål’s experience as a litigator is visible by the number of compensation and inheritance cases he has pleaded before the courts. In 2018, Pål was admitted to the Norwegian Supreme Court.

Pål served as defense counsel in several high-profile criminal cases concerning market manipulation, fraud, environmental and work-related crimes. Currently, Pål focuses his client portfolio on compensation cases with relation to negligent investment advice, provisional measures (arrest, temporary injunction and the securing of evidence), as well as providing advisement to companies, organizations and private persons that are subjected to illegal acts. Pål has experience as a lead investigator from the National Prosecuting Authority in Norway. This work experience provides him with the pivotal expertise to provide legal counsel to his clients, focusing on their best interests, both in relation to others involved and in relation to the police and public authorities. This experience is also of great importance with inquiries and whistle-blowing matters.

During his professional career, Pål worked at HELP Forsikring with civil matters, especially compensation cases and litigation. Additionally, Pål has experience in the practice areas of contract law, real estate matters, and within family, inheritance and probate law.

Pål is acknowledged by his market colleagues for his expertise through their recognition of his achievements within the field of enterprise crime at the prestigious Finanavisens Annual Law Review.

Professional Experience
Head of the Criminal Law practice area, Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Partner, Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Admitted to the Norwegian Supreme Court, Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Managing associate, Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Head of Legal Department / Attorney, HELP Insurance
Police Attorney, Økokrim
Police Attorney, Oslo Police Department, Financial and Environmental Crime Department
Police Attorney, Oslo Police Department, Majorstuen
Labour Law, The University of Oslo
Candidate in Jurisprudence, The University of Oslo

Ranked in Norway’s prestigious Finansavisen Lawyer Survey in economic criminal cases.