History and vision
Van Dam & Kruidenier is one of the oldest law offices in the Rotterdam arrondissement. Our roots lie in inland waterway transport, a sector in which we have provided legal advice and assistance for more than 100 years.
In 1909, Mr W.A.C. van Dam established himself as a lawyer and solicitor in Rotterdam. In the performance of his activities, he focused, almost naturally, on shipping and on inland waterway transport in particular. In 1936, the founder's son, Mr J.C.W. van Dam, entered into his father's service. During the bombardment of 14 May 1940, the office of father and son Van Dam on the Bierkade was demolished.
For this reason, they held their offices in "De Vrijheid" - their spritsail barge in the Zalmhaven during the wartime years. After that, they held offices on the Mauritsweg until moving into the office on the Schiedamsedijk, in the Leuvehaven, in 1953. In the early 1960s, Mr L. Kruidenier joined Mr J.C.W. van Dam in the practice, who had continued on alone after his father's retirement from the office. The name of the office was changed to Van Dam & Kruidenier Advocaten.
At the start of 1999, the office on the Schiedamsedijk was traded for offices in the modern Rivium office building in Capelle aan den IJssel.
Today's Van Dam & Kruidenier is a multifaceted, independent provider of legal services to entrepreneurs, with a solid combination of Rotterdam ‘roots’ and an international approach. Our office is infused with the Rotterdam attitude: roll up your sleeves. We are not easily sidetracked and we persevere where others might stop.
We strongly believe in a compact, specialised practice, and in building up personal relationships with our clients. We offer professional, concrete solutions to the legal challenges facing our clients in order to help them reach their goals.
In many cases, we are the "in-house counsel" for our clients, which is why we spend considerable time and effort familiarising ourselves them with their operations. Instead of a large unknown, impersonal club of lawyers, you'll find a tight-knit, involved team that stands by its clients.