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OUR TEAM

Melih AKKURT, Attorney

Melih Akkurt was born in 1984 in Ankara. He has got his primary and secondary education in Ankara. In 2003 he entered the Northern Cyprus Near East University faculty of law.  In 2004 he continued his education in Chankaya University faculty of law. In 2005 he has become a Board of Directors member of Chankaya University Political and Diplomatic Community, has been chosen a Chankaya University Law Faculty Student Committee chairman, a Chairman of a Student Council and has become an observer member at National Student Council meetings.

In 2007 he graduated from Chankaya University with a degree. May 5-7 2006 he participated in Chankaya 2006 Debate tournament and passed to final together with other 8 teams, and within the governmental opening team together with his team friend won it with the work named ‘Legislative Immunity Should Be Abolished’.

In 2006 he completed his internship in Russia-Ukraine Research Desk at Eurasian Strategic Research Center (ESRC) by defending his dissertation ‘The South Caucasus Policy of Russian Federation’. In 2009 he took the National Security course again at ESRC.

In 2007 he began his lawyer internship at Ankara Bar Association. The same year he started his lawyer internship, he has been elected as the Board Chairman of Ankara Bar Association Training Committee group of Spokespersons.

In 2008 he began his self-employed attorney career being legally registered at Ankara Bar Association. In 2009 from Chankaya University he completed his Public law master’s degree program at Institute of Social Sciences with dissertation ‘Public Procurement Authority Establishment, Operation and Functional Specifications’.

In 2010 his book ‘Law of complaints and objections related to public tenders’ was published. In 2011 attorney Melih Akkurt, who participated in Ankara Bar Association IT Law and Competition Law Certificate programs, was elected as Ankara Bar Association Board of Tax and Administrative Law Vice-Chairman.  While being at the post of a Vice-Chairman, for the Board of the Association  in the frames of a Public Procurement Law Certificate Program, attorney Melih Akkurt lectured to  Procurement Agency Specialists, Heads of Department and Legal Advisors and thus to Lawyers, Judges, Public Prosecutors and Academics.

Melih Akkurt founded in his Akkurt legal firm  in 2012.

Attorney Melih Akkurt speaks English  and Russian languages.

Publications / Articles:

Law of Complaints and Appeals in Public Procurement, Adalet Publishing House, Ankara, March 2010

The Public Procurement Council and the Council of State 13thPalace’s approach to approval of the Contract after the Close of a notary work for the construction works that are commitment to private sector based on the Work Experience Certificate published at Turkey Construction Industry

Employers’ Association (TCIEA) Magazine, July-August 2010, Q. 120, p. 86-89.

Organizations and membership:

The Ankara Bar Association: Member of the Board of Tax and Administrative Law

The Turkish Law Institute: Member 

The Russian Culture Association: Member

The Economy Club: Member


Yağmur ARSLAN, Attorney 

Attorney Yağmur Arslan was born in 1988 in Ankara. She completed her high school education at the Batıkent High School (Ankara) specializing in foreign languages. She completed her high education at the Ufuk University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Law and started her legal internship at the Ankara Bar same year.

At the first year at the university attorney Yağmur Arslan wrote and presented article on the legitimacy of the constitutional adjudication. During her undergraduate education she both participated in various national and international conferences hosted by the Ufuk University Law Faculty and got law-related work experience in several law firms. During her legal internship she took part in miscellaneous educational programs, seminars and conferences organized by the Ankara Bar, and received respective certificates.

During her legal internship Attorney Yağmur Arslan obtained necessary work-related experience specializing in trademark and patent law, private law, labour law and criminal law.

Attorney Yağmur Arslan has been working at the Akkurt Legal Firm since 2015 while continuing her professional development in the areas of  labour law, public procurement law and trade law.

Attorney Yağmur Arslan speaks English.


Elif BİRKAN, Attorney 

Attorney Elif Birkan was born in 1991 in Adana. She completed her high school education at the Ata Koleji (Antakya). She completed her university education at the Baskent University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Law and started her legal internship at the Ankara Bar Association the same year.

During her legal internship, Attorney Elif Birkan obtained necessary work-related experience specialising in trademark and patent law, private law, labour law and corporate law.

Elif Birkan had studied English at International Language Of Canada and then she completed Legal English Course in Cambridge Law Studio at Cambridge University.

Attorney Elif Birkan has been working at the Akkurt Legal Firm since 2017 while continuing her professional development in the areas of labour law, public procurement law and trade law.

Attorney Elif Birkan speaks fluent English.


Tuğçe KAYA, Law Intern 

Law Intern Tuğçe Kaya was born in Ankara in 1991. She completed her high school education at the Etimesgut High School (Ankara). In 2011 she enrolled at the Çankaya University where she graduated from with a Bachelor’s degree in Law in 2015 with an academic achievement scholarship. Same year she started her legal internship.

During her undergraduate education Tuğçe Kaya both participated in national and international seminars hosted by the Çankaya University Law faculty and got law-related work experience in several law firms.

While  attending seminars organized by the Ankara Bar Tuğçe Kaya works at the Akkurt Legal Firm where she continues her professional development.


Shabnam MAHAMMADLI, Law Intern 

Law İntern Shabnam Mahammadli was born in Azerbaijan in 1993. She completed her high school education at the High School of Natural Sciences (Sumgait city).

In 2010 she enrolled at the Baku State University where she graduated from with a Bachelor’s degree in Law in 2014.

She started her Master’s Program in Commercial Law in 2015 at the Ankara University and after having finished course studies she has been occupied with writing her master’s thesis. At the time of her course studies she participated in the II Turkish – German Law Policy Forum, International Intellectual Property Law Symposium, and International Commercial Law Symposium arranged by the Yıldırım Beyazıt University.

Shabnam Mahammadli also took part in the International Workshop 2016 ‘Legal Status of Submarine Cables, Pipelines and the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)’ organized by the Research and Application Centre for Maritime Studies (DEHUKAM), took part in various educational programs,  seminars and conferences, including Commercial and Patent Law and received respective certificates.

Shabnam Mahammadli speaks English on an advanced level and Russian on an intermediate (B1) level.

Law Intern Shabnam Mahammadli started her internship at the Akkurt Legal Firm in April 2016.


Dr. Sheida Javadkhani

She was born in 1989 in Iran. She completed her high school education in literature and social sciences at the same time, she learnt French. Then entered Tehran Shahid Beheshti University and graduated with a double major in law and climatology. After receiving international Certificates in English and Turkish languages, she went to Turkey to continue her education in the law. She defended her thesis titled Hypotheque in Turkish Law al and received her master's degree from Ankara University. Later successfully completed her Ph.D. in the same university with her thesis on Pledge in Intellectual Property Law.
During her internship, she published her book The Principles of Administrative Sanctions. Then, published numerous legal articles including A Comparative Look on Iran, Turkey and UK Animals Rights.
In 2017, she worked as a lecturer in the fields of Commercial Law and Legal English at Qazvin University. At the same time, she started to work as a legal consultant in many international companies.
She is now a member of Tehran Bar Association and cooperating in the fields of Obligations and Civil Law, Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law, Foreign Investment, Immigration and Foreigners Law, also property investment.