Attorneys-at-Law, Notaries Public & Intellectual Property Agents in the Caribbean
J.D.Sellier+Co. was founded by Jean-Baptiste Denis Selliér who was admitted to practice as a Solicitor and Conveyancer in Trinidad and Tobago in 1882. He practiced on his own until 1916 when he invited his colleague and friend George Cecil Pantin to join him in a partnership.
Today, J.D.Sellier+Co. has expanded to 20 attorneys-at-law and 77 employees and offers its clients quality legal services. Our clients include industrial, commercial and financial enterprises, domestic and foreign, public and private, ranging in size and complexity from small single location business enterprises to large diverse, multinational corporations.
Our firm is a general practice law firm (except for criminal matters) specializing in four areas of civil practice, namely: Corporate + Commercial (including banking + finance; energy + regulated industries; probate; estate planning + administration; mergers + acquisitions; tax), Real Estate, Intellectual Property, and Litigation + Dispute Resolution (including admiralty + shipping).
We pride ourselves on attracting the best talent in Trinidad and Tobago and some of our attorneys have gone on to assume leadership positions in the legal fraternity as well as in the public and private sectors. A former Associate of the firm became the first national to head a local company which is part of a global energy group and two former Associates now head the legal departments of two large local corporations. In addition, two former Partners and a former Associate were appointed Judges of the Supreme Court and yet another served as Attorney-General and thereafter was appointed Principal of one of the region’s three law schools.
The firm's members have been actively involved, in one capacity or another, in the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago, which has responsibility for, inter alia, maintaining and improving the standards of conduct and proficiency of the legal profession in Trinidad and Tobago.
As a demonstration of the firm's commitment to legal education in the Caribbean, we partner with the Hugh Wooding Law School annually to provide in-service training for some of its students so that they may be exposed to best practices. The firm also sponsors annually the "Robert Mathieu Sellier Memorial Prize" which is awarded to the student who has achieved the best performance in Trial Advocacy. Our Attorneys-at-Law are all members of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago and some are also non-practicing members of The Law Society of England and Wales, the Organisation of Commonwealth Bar Associations, the International Bar Association and the Commonwealth Lawyers' Association. Two of our Partners are the Chairman and Secretary of an Ad Hoc Committee which worked with the relevant Government departments and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) on a comprehensive reform of Trinidad and Tobago's intellectual property (IP) legislation.
At J.D.Sellier+Co., we feel very strongly that our corporate social responsibility is as important as quality service to our clients. To this end, we ensure that our Attorneys-at-Law undertake pro bono work and that our employees engage regularly in activities that impact positively on and contribute to the economic development and quality of life of our communities and by extension the society at large. Many of us give freely of our time and talent to numerous social causes and fund raising events in which the proceeds are shared among various charities and community projects.
We at J.D.Sellier+Co. are committed to the principles enshrined in our mission statement. This entails providing our clients with a comprehensive range of legal and related professional services in an efficient and cost effective manner, adhering to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, in an environment that promotes and supports the personal and professional development of our Associates and employees. At all times we strive for service excellence and superior client satisfaction in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.