Onno Blom is the founder of our firm. He has had a diverse range of functions and roles within pensions law for over 30 years, and he still comes up with innovative ideas every day. He has a broad orientation and is not dogmatic. In his firm he deals with large and complex cases that sometimes even require a complete project management team. Financial stakes in pensions law are high and the legal relations are complicated. In that world Onno leads the way for his clients.
Onno combines his work as a lawyer with his function as Deputy Justice in the Court of Appeals in The Hague. For him, this is the ideal combination. His work as a judge makes him sharper as a lawyer and his scope as a lawyer makes him understand better the interests of the different parties before him as a judge. Onno understands “where the case is heading towards”.
Onno started his career in 1984 at a large pension insurer, where he became head of Legal Affairs. After that, he worked for a pension advisor for several years, holding positions with legal and commercial responsibilities. In 1995 he became a lawyer at the law firm Stibbe based in Amsterdam. In the course of the years, he built a impressive network within pensions (also on an international level).
In the Chambers Europe Guide 2018 Onno is ‘described by clients as “one of the best experts in the country” for pensions work.’ But also ‘praised for his technical expertise and personable approach.’
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Onno holds several positions at study centres and committees. He is a teacher in pension law at the Study Centre for Justice, the training centre for the judicial system. He is an independent president of several arbitration committees, among which the Foundation Pension Fund KPN, the Foundation Pension Fund PepsiCo, the Foundation Pension Fund Chevron Professionals and the Foundation Pension Fund PostNL. Onno is also involved in several organizations related to pension law and advocacy, such as IPEBLA (International Pensions and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association).
He regularly speaks at conferences in his own country and abroad. In June 2018 for example he spoke at a conference in Boston that was jointly organized by IPEBLA, the American Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association. He is a member of the Advisory Commission Pension Law of the Dutch Bar Association.
Are you curious to find out more about Onno’s CV, publications and education? You can find them by using the above LinkedIn link. Publications can be found on our website as well.