20/12/2019

Respected Attorney, Former Castrén & Snellman Partner Jouko Huhtala Passed Away

Former Castrén & Snellman partner, Attorney Jouko Huhtala died in Helsinki on 10 December 2019. Everyone at Castrén & Snellman offers their heartfelt condolences to Jouko’s wife and family.

Jouko worked at Castrén & Snellman for nearly 45 years. He started as an associate in 1974 and became a partner four years later. Jouko stepped down from the partnership in 2011, but continued to work as senior counsel until March 2019.

Jouko was a widely experienced lawyer who could see to the core of legal issues. Solving his clients’ problems was a matter of honour to him.

Jouko was one of Finland’s premier dispute resolution lawyers, but he could easily have had a successful career in theatre. He was a charismatic and humorous speaker who enjoyed seizing the moment.

When asked what his favourite part of being an attorney was, he answered, ‘The best thing is when you are standing alone in the courtroom and can’t ask anyone anything anymore and you have about 30 seconds to decide what to argue and how to argue it and to figure out how the opposite side will react.’

His enthusiasm for litigation led Jouko to keep working until he was nearly 70. On his 60th birthday, Jouko said:

‘A lawyer is always a lawyer. I’ll be a litigator to the end.’