Steve Griess

Steve Griess


Steve Griess


Commercial and Economic Law - Commercial Agreements - Franchise - Distribution - Litigation and Arbitration - Mediation

Responsive and pragmatic support adapted to the expectations and the needs of each partner

Steve Griess specialises in commercial and economic law, in particular franchise and distribution law, as well as in dispute resolution. 

Steve Griess has worked in several major law firms based in Brussels, where he was in charge of the litigation and arbitration department (Stibbe / Strelia).

Steve's practice focuses on contract drafting and negotiation, commercial and private law litigation, both at national and international level. He has gained extensive experience in commercial distribution (such as franchise, agency and concession agreements), real estate, contract and liability law, and enforcement law.

This experience has been recognised by the Brussels Bar, which has awarded him the title of "specialist in contract and distribution law".

As enthusiastic practitioner of alternative dispute resolution, Steve is a certified mediator in civil and commercial matters and regularly practices arbitration as arbitrator or as counsel (notably as a member of CEPANI). For the past three years, he has also been appointed as a conciliator with the "Ombudsman for retail". His recognised practice has led him to become one of the members of the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Commission of the French Bar Association of Brussels.

At the same time, Steve has a strong attraction for sports law, which leads him to sit as an arbitrator at the CBAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) and to serve as first substitute for the Brussels and Brabant provincial public prosecutor's offices of the ACFF (Association des Clubs Francophones de Football).

Steve also had an academic career for 12 years at the Université Libre de Bruxelles as an assistant lecturer in charge of practical legal exercises. He is still linked to the academic world by participating in various publications and by speaking at conferences.

In 2021, Steve joined Seeds of Law where he mainly focuses on commercial and economic law and contracts, distribution law and dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and mediation). 

Passionate about journalism and the media, he also has the pleasure of regularly appearing as a legal columnist in several programs.

  • Master of Laws, ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles), 2005, magna cum laude
  • LL.M. in European Law, Institut d’Etudes européennes, ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles), 2006, magna cum laude
  • French
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Bmediation
  • Cepani
  • CBAS
  • 28 January 2019, Participation at the seminar "Médiation commerciale" for magistrates of the French-speaking business court of Brussels;
  • 16 September 2019, Participation at the seminar "La médiation comme outil de résolution des conflits entre associés", organised by ASBL Chiffres et Lois;
  • 4 September 2020, Participation at the seminar "La médiation dans le droit de la consommation", organised by;
  • 10 September 2020, Participation at the seminar "Les clauses abusives B2B après la loi du 4 avril 2019", organised by ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles);
  • 16 October 2020, Participation at the seminar "Comment influencer le médiateur?", organised by ASBL Chiffres et Lois;
  • 20 November 2020, Participation at the seminar "Comment prévenir les conflits dans un rapport conflictuel?", organised by ASBL Chiffres et Lois;
  • 15 October 2021, Participation at the seminar "Médiation et mode de prévention des conflits dans un rapport contractuel. Regards croisés entre un avocat et un expert-comptable", organised by Conférence du Jeune Barreau de Bruxelles.
  • S. GRIESS, J.-P. FIERENS, A. MOTTET HAUGAARD, T. FAELLI, "La loi du 27 juillet 1961 relative à la résiliation des concessions de vente exclusive à durée indéterminée. Chronique de jurisprudence (1997-2007)", Les dossiers du JT, 2008, Larcier.
  • S. GRIESS et S. GOLDMAN, "Les clauses abusives et les contrats de distribution", in Les clauses abusives B2B après la loi du 4 avril 2019, à paraître.