FALA Cocktail Gathering at Hotel Haven, Helsinki

On September 1, 2011, the Finnish-American Lawyers’ Association (FALA) gathered for cocktails in the Hotel Haven Bar in Helsinki. Benjamin W. Tuiskula, Esq., an American born and educated lawyer who recently joined White & Case’s Helsinki office, organized the event to correspond with FALA member Ceri Koski, Esq.’s visit to Finland. Ms. Koski’s practice focuses on U.S. immigration and she has assisted many clients in the Nordic countries.

The event also served as an introduction of FALA to Finland’s legal community. Turnout for the event was strong, with over twenty people in attendance. In addition to FALA members Ceri Koski, Esq.; Matias Pälve; Michael Ristaniemi; and Benjamin W. Tuiskula, Esq., the attendees included partners and associates from some of Finland’s leading law firms including White & Case, Castrén & Snellman, Krogerus, Roschier, and Peltonen LMR; lawyers from companies such as Nokia and IBM; law students from the University of Helsinki; Matthew Wood, incoming coordinator of AmCham Finland’s Legal Committee; and others.

Due to strong interest in the event, a similar event is being planned for Thursday, November 3, 2011. For more information, please contact Robert Alan Saasto, Esq., President and co-founder of FALA, at rasaastogmail.com or Benjamin W. Tuiskula, Esq. at alcfinlandgmail.com.

Benjamin W. Tuiskula, Esq.

Top row: Mikko Hulkko, Partner at White & Case; Laura Huomo, Counsel at White & Case; Laura Otis, Senior Legal Counsel at Nokia; Timo Airisto, partner at White & Case, William Martin, Professional Support Lawyer at White & Case; Richard Cohen, Legal Counsel at IBM.





Middle row: Matias Pälve, Associate Trainee at Attendo MedOne Oy, Ceri Koski, Attorney at Laura Devine (New York); Eija Warma, Senior Associate at Castrén & Snellman; Nikki Mondschein, Legal Counsel at Nokia; Michael Ristaniemi, soon to be joining Cargotec.




Bottom row: Matthew Wood, Economic Policy at AmCham Finland and soon to be coordinator of AmCham Finland's Legal Committee; Anna Huilaja, Associate at White & Case; Joose Tolonen, incoming Associate at White & Case; Lauren Turner, an American trained lawyer looking for opportunities in Finland. Lauren Turner is a Hofstra Law grad (Long Island NY) who recently moved to Finland with her Finnish husband.