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Risto Käbi

Senior Associate

Risto’s practice involves handling criminal and misdemeanor cases from the first contact with the police up to the European Court of Human Rights, and everything in between. Risto makes his business not only get results for the clients, but to make the process of getting there as clear and smooth as possible. Risto is also an adequate civil litigator.

In his work, Risto gets straight to the point. He establishes good contact with new clients quickly, as in criminal cases time is often of the essence. Risto helps clients understand the prospects of their cases and the risks and problems involved, and then proceeds to fight the case in court, make a plea deal, or pursue termination of proceedings, as appropriate.


Clients have repeatedly asserted that Risto has an ability to make even complex topics and situations easy to understand, and this helps them when it comes to all-important decision-making. Clients also point out that even in high-pressure situations (such as police interrogation as a suspect) Risto is able to make them feel calm, prepared, and provide them with much-needed certainty.


A number of clients have discovered Risto through his blogs. His writings focus on practical matters of criminal law, litigation, dispute resolution, and lawyering in general, trying to make these topics easy to understand for laypeople as well. Risto has handled over 100 cases in his career.

Even in cases with a successful outcome, clients prefer not to be associated with criminal matters, but some representative cases include:

  • landmark case concerning betting fraud in Estonian football, where the client was acquitted.
  • two cases decided in favour of Risto’s clients in the European Court of Human Rights.
  • defence in fraud cases, including the defence of an Estonian company against charges of investment fraud in the amount of more than 1.5 million USD, and of an Estonian oil company against tax fraud charges.
  • successful defence of a police officer accused of embezzlement of government property.



Professional experience

2020 – … Senior Associate at TRINITI in Tallinn, Estonia
2016 – 2019 Attorney at Law, Heringson GLO law firm
2010 – 2016 Attorney at Law, Risto Käbi law firm
2004 – 2010 Attorney at Law, Tamme & Otsmann law firm
2000 – 2004 Associate, Teder & Parnerid law firm


Risto graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tartu in 2000 after studying at the University of Helsinki for a year.

Professional memberships

Member of the Estonian Bar Association since 2001. From 2013 to 2017 he was a member of the State Legal Aid Commission of the Estonian Bar Association.

Since 2010 Risto is a member of the Domain Disputes Committee of the Estonian Internet Foundation. He has resolved a number of domain disputes involving Estonian .ee domain names.

Member of Fraternitas Estica Student Corporation since 1997.

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