Barshchevsky & Partners Moscow bar association was founded in 1990 by a well-known Russian lawyer, Mikhail Barshchevsky, who is now a government’s representative to higher courts (the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation), and by members of Moscow State Bar association.
The bar association was the first private law firm in Russia. Three years later the firm was renamed to the Barshchevsky & Partners lawyer bureau. Then after 10 years, in 2003, the lawyer bureau turned into the bar association, after adoption of law about advocacy.
Mikhail Barshchevsky is one of the leading figures of Russian representatives of the legal profession. He is an honoured lawyer of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Juridical Science, professor, the current chancellor of state of the high class, the author of many books and articles, the keeper of traditions of the club What? Where? When?, the possessor of the highest award of the advocatory association of the Russian Federation – the golden medal of F.N. Plevako, the possessor of the order for Fidelity to a Lawyer debt.
He headed the bureau until 12 March 2001, and resigned his position as a private lawyer, in connection with his transition to the civil service. He is also the Cavalier of the Orders of Honour and "For Merit to the Fatherland" of the 4th degree.
For more than 16 years Barshchevsky & Partners has been successfully headed by Samvel Karakhanyan. He is the president and a partner of the bar association, practicing lawyer, a member of the Moscow State Bar Association, Doctor of Juridical Science, the author of many articles, scientific monographs and books.
Under his guidance the bar association repeatedly got prestige awards, including the national business award "Company of the Year" (2004, 2014).
Samvel Karakhanyan is the winner of the "Person of the Year 2009" Award (for his contribution to the development of legal support of economic freedoms) and the "Person of the Year 2014" Award (in the "Law" category). He is also the Cavalier of the International Order of St. Constantine the Great and the owner of a Russian Federation Presidential Certificate of Honour.
At various times Samvel Karakhanyan has represented the interests of the Government of The Russian Federation, the Presidential Administration of Russia, the Russian Federation Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Health for The Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Public Joint Stock Company Gazprom, OJSC Aeroflot – Russian Airlines, Bosco di Ciliegi, Sukhoi Company, OAO RAO UES, GUM, East Line Group, "Optifood", American International Group, Inc., and many others.