Managing Partner

Maqdir Ismail & Partners

+62 (0)21 391 1191

Litigation Star




Practice area:

Commercial and transactions

Maqdir Ismail is one of Indonesia’s most prominent litigator with over 38 years’ experience in criminal, white-collar crime and constitutional litigation. In an often-troubled Indonesian legal system, he is known for his fights against the injustice and arbitrary actions of law enforcement officers.

Maqdir Ismail is known for his ground-breaking judicial review application that successfully rewrote part of the Indonesian Criminal Procedure Code by expanding the objects of pre-trial applications in criminal cases. He has represented clients in many high-profile white collar criminal cases, such as Setya Novanto (former Speaker of People’s Representative Council), Yusril Ihza Mahendra (former Minister of Law and Human Rights), Police Commissioner General Budi Gunawan (former candidate for Chief of Police), Irman Gusman (former Speaker of the Regional Representative Council), Bachtiar Abdul Fatah (former general manager of PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia) and Sjamsul Nursalim (former owner of Bank Dagang Nasional Indonesia). He was also a prominent part of the team of advocates representing Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa, presidential and vice-presidential candidates, in a Constitutional Court dispute relating to the results of the 2014 Indonesian presidential election.

  • Administrative and regulatory
  • Civil litigation
  • Commercial arbitration
  • Criminal
  • White-collar crime

  • Environment
  • Government and public policy


Indonesian Bar, 1983

Indonesian Advocate Association (Ikatan Advokat Indonesia)

Sarjana Hukum (LLB equivalent), Universitas Islam Indonesia, 1979

LL.M., University of Western Australia, 1999

Dr., Universitas Indonesia, 2005