Maurits Fornier



Maurits is co-founder of Patroon. He started his career in 2011 at Freshfields where he worked in the litigation and arbitration practice group. That's we he first started using infographics to support written submissions and hearings. In 2015 he decided to fully focus on the power of design in the legal world, and started Patroon. Maurits is seen as frontrunner in the legal design field. He regularly speaks and teaches about the subject.


  • Visualising roadmap about legal proceedings following the downing of Flight MH17.
  • Redesigning Terms and Conditions for LeasePlan.
  • Creating digital dashboard to get insight into main legal arguments used in arbitration proceedings.


  • Various keynotes about Plain Contracting for companies.
  • 'Competition Law and Legal Design' - Masters course at Utrecht University.
  • 'Legal Design for Lawyers' - LegalPlanet course for lawyers.
  • Legal design and general counsel - GCN Conference 2018
  • ZegalCon 2018

What others say about us

“Telling our story in the clearest possible way”

The team of Patroon Legal Design has been of tremendous help to us in the preparation for a court hearing. We needed to guide the court through very complicated calculations. Their designs were very helpful to tell our story in the clearest possible way. Above all, the team was a joy to work with.
What makes Patroon Legal Design stand out is that they know the pressure and unpredictability of the legal practice and adapt their own schedule to accommodate our timetable.

Charlotte Spierings
Lawyer at Clifford Chance

“Visuals make a difference”

‘I always notice how visuals make a difference during litigation. The judges are often really enthusiastic if they are presented with a visual overview of a complex case. They often use these visuals as starting point during court hearing to ask questions and to arrange arguments.’

Roelien van den Berg
Lawyer at SSHJ Advocaten

“Making complex matter comprehensible”

‘Thanks to legal design we make complex matter comprehensible. They show again and again that a contract does not have to be boring. By moving away from the current practices, legal agreements become more understandable. That is the ultimate goal: understanding each other and writing that down as simple as possible.’

Hans Maltha
CEO of Burst Digital