Austria: Litigation Analysis 2015

One of the highest-profile cases in Austria in 2014 related to an online privacy challenge against Facebook brought by Austrian citizen Max Schrems. Schrems has filed a proposed “class action” lawsuit in a Vienna court despite Austria having no official class action law. In this sector, we identify 24 litigators. 

At CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte, four lawyers are recommended. Johannes Juranek handles litigation in the technology and consumer products sectors, representing Austrian and international companies. Daniela Karollus-Bruner specialises in complex litigation and has experience in a broad range of industries including energy, media, banking, financial services and insurance. The “talented” Johannes Reich-Rohrwig is “revered” by peers for litigation skills while Nikolaus Weselik heads the real estate and construction team and specialises in disputes in the field.

Three lawyers stand out at Dorda Brugger Jordis. Florian Kremslehner’s litigation practice encompasses insurance disputes and business crime. He is “exceptional” according to peers. Christian Dorda is a “great operator” who has particular expertise in disputes relating to joint ventures and other corporate matters. Felix Hörlsberger is at “the top of his game”; he represents clients in insurance, compliance, contract and insolvency disputes. 

At Brauneis Klauser Prändl Rechtsanwälte, Alexander Klauser is a “great strategist” who has a “wealth of experience” in consumer protection, insolvency, banking and insurance disputes.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Thomas Kustor has “vast experience” in complex and high-profile litigation. He covers corporate, banking, insolvency and construction disputes, as well as handling cartel damages claims and class actions.

Christian Klausegger of Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte has represented clients in construction and plant engineering disputes, product liability claims, private enforcement matters and disputes concerning TMT projects. He has an “excellent style of delivery” and “great poise”.

Schoenherr’s Andreas Natterer employs a “forensic approach” to commercial disputes and is a “well-known name” in the market.

At Graf & Pitkowitz, Nikolaus Pitkowitz enjoys a “prestigious reputation” for his commercial litigation practice. Clients praise his “hands-on approach” and “ability to remain calm in all situations”.

Bettina Knoetzl at Wolf Theiss is an “internationally renowned figure” in the field. Her work covers investors’ protection, liability claims, business crime matters and investigations. She is “without doubt a leading player in the market”.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati Attorneys at Law is represented by Irene Welser, a “sensational litigator” who advises on insurance, contract, liability and general commercial disputes.

Head of the litigation and arbitration practice in Vienna at Baker & McKenzie, Alexander Petsche offers clients “invaluable sector experience”. His work includes representing a client in a dispute relating to a sports stadium as well as representing a group of claimants in connection with financial investments.

Saxinger Chalupsky & Partner Rechtsanwälte is represented by partner Markus Fellner, a “distinguished player” in the sector who represents clients in a range of industries including construction, power plants, energy, infrastructure, medical devices, transport and automotive.

At his own firm Martin Platte is noted for his “intricate knowledge” of the legal system and his “unflappable manner”.

Baier Rechtsanwälte/Attorneys At Law is represented by Anton Baier, a “top-notch litigator” with a strong client following.

Christian Aschauer at ARP-Andreas Reiner & Partners handles commercial litigation and probate disputes. He is “very effective” according to peers.

At Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte, Thomas Frad specialises in energy law and climate protection disputes. He is a “consummate expert” and possesses an “international mindset”.

Christoph Liebscher at his own firm has over 30 years of experience handling commercial litigation. He has an “impressive record” and employs a “commercial and sensible approach” to matters.

Schuppich Sporn & Winischhofer’s Werner Sporn is “great on his feet” and considered “in a class of his own” by many in our research.

Hellwig Torggler at his own firm specialises in dispute resolution handling a range of matters from corporate disputes to tax and estate planning.

Gerold Zeiler of Rechtsanwälte has a “no-nonsense approach” and “sharp mind” that clients value greatly.

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