Halvard has extensive trial experience in complex civil and criminal cases, including over 50 cases in the Norwegian Supreme Court. He was appointed as public defender in the Supreme Court in 2011.
He has successfully litigated several commercial disputes and white collar cases. With background from the media industry as former reporter and foreign editor of a Norwegian national newspaper, he has defended news organisations in media law cases. He has also served as deputy judge and legal counsel in Statoil and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.