What do you do after work?
What do you do after work? Our friends and acquaintances often ask this question. Many of our employees, after “taking off their legal gowns” enjoy various, interesting hobbies that require creativity, courage and imagination – in other words they have passion. Passion is a powerful motivation for us, that gives meaning and direction to our lives and helps us make our dreams come true. It goes to show that we aren’t just good at law.
Fitness and Crossfit
Although on a daily basis these girls (Agnieszka Pałyska, Joanna Ryszkowska, Katarzyna Cybulska, Magdalena Papiernik, Wioletta Kaźmierczak, Kinga Sobiecka-Biały) work in completely different departments, they share a common passion – a healthy lifestyle and a passion for sport. Together, they went through the training at Klub Manufaktura under the watchful eye of a personal trainer – Arkadiusz Ostręga.
As they are determined and courageous in taking on new challenges, the resulting physical vitality helps them in setting and achieving new goals on an everyday basis.
Rajlawenpis Motor Klub
For over 15 years, Piotr Kochański and Kochański Zięba & Partners law firm has organized an annual lawyers’ motorcycle rally. Every year the rally participants set off for another European capital. Lawyers on their motorcycles have visited the following capital cities: Lvov, Vilnius, Brussels, Stockholm, Rome, Zagreb, Bucharest, Prague, Vienna, Berlin and Ljubljana. Traditionally the rally is held on the last weekend of August. The motorcyclists gather at the Sigismund Column in Warsaw. The rally aims at promoting the joy of traveling on a motorcycle, integration of the legal community and proving that motorcycling can be a safe and cultural form of leisure.
Hiking and Other Sports
Jacek Salata, Advocate, Associate in Litigation Law Practice, cannot imagine his life without physical activity. Jacek is an amateur volleyball player and closely follows the Polish National Volleyball team as a supporter for over fifteen years. Jacek appreciates the necessity of cooperation and constantly shifting tactics. As a member of his gymnasium school team, Jacek experienced playing alongside one of the members of the World Champion team in Volleyball in 2014. Jacek adores mountain sites. He visits the mountains annually. For many years in the wintertime Jacek has enjoyed skiing and discovering new resorts. In the summertime Jacek goes trekking for some long trips accompanied with his friends.
Andrzej Pałys, Advocate, Associate and graduate of political science and law, fulfills his passion through non-professional singing. For several years he has sung as part of a choir. The choir has performed concerts at the Borderlands, the prestigious International Bach Festival in Leipzig, the International Choir Festival Cracovia Cantat, and also at the papal Mass, held in May 2006 at Pilsudski Square in Warsaw. In 2014 he participated in the premier of “The Passion according to St. John “composed by Mikolaj Gasiorek, and sang next to soloists of the Grand Theatre and Chamber Opera, with accompaniment of musicians of the Polish Radio Orchestra and the Sinfonia Varsovia. He has perfected his skills under the tutelage of Maestra Jadwiga Teresa Stepien, and thanks to her he has developed a strong, lyric tenor, which is used in quartets, as well as solo performances.
Snow and Water
Michał König, Advocate, Senior Associate, Attorney-at-law (NY), graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and LL.M. studies at the NYU School of Law, since a young age has been a skiing aficionado. He started taking part in races as a child and later also later taught others. Michał’s life revolves around Warsaw Ski Club which he represented in junior competitions from the year 2000. For many years he has been working there as a skiing instructor and serving as a member of board. He is also in charge of matters involving ski referees in the Warsaw Regional Ski Federation and the Polish Ski Federation. Since becoming an advocate trainee, he has represented the Warsaw Chamber of Advocates at the Skiing Championships of Advocates. For some time he has also practiced ski mountaineering – a combination of alpinism and skiing. This gives him the chance to climb and ski from the Tatra summits.
Travels and Sport
Agnieszka Chajewska, Advocate, Senior Associate in Media & Entertainment Law Practice for many years has been a member of Poland’s Equestrian Vaulting National Team. Having been involved in a sport that is a combination of horse riding, acrobatics, dance and choreography, Agnieszka has always made exercise an important element of her life. Now Agnieszka engages in vaulting as a form of recreation and in her spare time, she likes to go skiing, windsurfing and engages in various forms of fitness. She loves travelling, especially going on city breaks.
Passions and Travels
Katarzyna Walczak, Business Development & Marketing Coordinator, enjoys being active in her spare time. Long trips, walking and cycling are not only for recreation and relaxation, but above all allows her to enhance her creativity at work. Katarzyna’s passion is traveling. She loves both long-haul journeys and weekend trips out of town. New York, Paris and London are the places she likes to visit most often.
Kacper Czubacki, Advocate, Senior Associate in M&A Practice has been climbing for over 13 years. Practicing sport climbing Kacper has visited Spain, France, Morocco, Switzerland and Greece. During his free time, Kacper tries to climb rocks or to train at a local climbing gym. His aim for the year of 2016 is to climb sport route graded VI.5 in Poland. On the attached photo Kacper is climbing sport route Anys Biònics, 7b+, Siurana, Spain.
Piotr Kister, Legal Counselor in FMCG Practice has practiced swimming at the University of Warsaw’s AZS swimming section for 11 years. His top swimming styles are classic (breaststroke) and butterfly stroke. He compares swimming to a volatile relationship in which love intertwines with hatred: hours of hard work, when a swimmer dreams about the end of training and just wants to get out of the pool and never come back, often result in a great performance and victory in competitions. Piotr loves swimming for the feeling of gliding through the water and the family atmosphere of the training sessions, seasoned with a dose of healthy competition. The successes of some athletes motivate others to make even greater efforts. Evening training also allows him to “reset” after a day of hard work and to boost his energy for the next day.
Student Academy Award ® (Oscar) for Klara Kochańska
KZP Law Firm is happy to congratulate Klara Kochańska, the Managing Partner – Piotr Kochański’s daughter, on her Oscar award which has made a recent September night unforgettable.
On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the young director received the Student Academy Award® (Oscar) from the American Film Academy, for her graduation film “Tenants” (produced by Lodz Film School). It is also a historic success because Klara is the first Pole to receive that prestigious award.
The plot presented by Klara Kochańska is an intimate story about a young woman finding herself at a turning point, where consumerism and human morality will play the key roles.
This year, more than 1700 movies from all around the world were in the competition for student Oscars. “Tenants” was one of three productions which won the Student Academy Award in the Foreign Film Narrative category, together with “Invention of Trust” by Alex Schaad from Germany and “Where the Woods End” by Felix Ahrens.
In 2016, “Tenants” was also presented at the 51st International Film Festival, as well as at film festivals in Cracow, Poland and Durban, South Africa. At the 31st Warsaw Film Festival, Klara’s movie won the Grand Prix for Best Short Film, and at the 13th Global Chinese Universities Student Film and TV Festival an award for Foreign Language Film. “Tenants” was also awarded with the Grand Jury Prize at the 10th First International Film Festival in China.
The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 51 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared nine awards. They include Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.