Risto Hübner, LL.M

Partner, Attorney at Law
Member of the Board of the Estonian Bar Association
Visiting Lecturer of IT Law at the University of Tartu
Mentor to startups at Startup Wise Guys

Risto is a business-minded technology, data protection & IP attorney with about 20 years of professional experience in law and extensive sector-specific knowledge of the ICT industry. Risto has experience as an in-house corporate and technology lawyer, having worked as the general counsel at Nortal, one of the largest tech companies in the Baltics, carrying out operations globally. In addition to ICT law, Risto has significant experience in advising clients also in various other areas surrounding their business, e.g. contract law, employment law, M&A and corporate law. Risto is especially passionate about startups, data protection, privacy law, cybersecurity and new technologies.

Risto is also a member of the Board of the Estonian Bar Association, a visiting lecturer in IT Law at the University of Tartu, mentor to startups at Startup Wise Guys accelerator and the founder and organizer of the Estonian chapter of Legal Hackers, a global movement of lawyers, policymakers, designers, technologists, and academics who explore and develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology. Risto is a co-author of the handbook “Employment Law” in Estonia and has written several articles on legal topics both in Estonia and abroad. Risto has studied in Estonia and Sweden.

Few examples of his recent projects

  • Advising one of the largest companies in East Asia on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR);
  • Advising one of the largest European tech companies on the implementation of the GDPR;
  • Drafting of various standard agreements for a software development company;
  • Advising an international tech company on the implementation of facial recognition technology and the processing of biometric data;
  • Advising various local startups in data protection (including implementation of the GDPR), intellectual property and contract law;
  • Drafting of all employment law-related documents for an ICT company;
  • Advising one of the largest tech companies in Estonia in their technology export project;
  • Advising on acquisition of shares and drafting of a shareholders’ agreement.

Work experience

Law firm Nordx Legal

Partner, Attorney at Law

January 2018 – present

University of Tartu

Visiting Lecturer in IT law

September 2015 – present

Estonia Legal Hackers

Founder and Organiser

September 2015 – present

Nortal AS

Chief Legal Officer

August 2011 – January 2018

Law firm Tark Grunte Sutkiene

Lawyer, Senior Associate, Attorney at Law

August 2006 – July 2011

Chancellery of the Riigikogu (the Parliament of Estonia)


August 2003 – August 2005


Maastricht University (2018)

Data Protection Officer Certification course

Stockholm University (2013 – 2014)

LL.M., European Intellectual Property Law

Stockholm University (2005 – 2006)

LL.M., Law and Information Technology (cum laude)

Estonian School of Diplomacy (2001 – 2002)

Diploma, Internal Relations and European Integration

Concordia International University Estonia (1997 – 2001)

B.A. International, European Union and Comparative law (cum laude)