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Germany: Litigation 2018

We recognise 35 practitioners for their outstanding expertise in national and international commercial and civil litigation. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stefan Rützel Gleiss Lutz, Frankfurt
2. Rolf Trittmann Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Frankfurt
3. Michael Molitoris Noerr LLP, Munich
4. Detlef Hass Hogan Lovells International LLP, Munich
5. Markus Meier Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt

Leading German full-service firm GLEISS LUTZ sees four practitioners recommended for their excellent litigation practices.
Stefan Rützel is one of the national authorities on banking and finance disputes and stands out in our research this year as the foremost litigation lawyer in the country.
David Quinke is “truly excellent” according to market commentators, who consider him a real disputes specialist. His practice encompasses both litigation and arbitration proceedings. 
The “outstanding” Stephan Wilske is an expert on cross-border litigation and boasts particular expertise in the competition space.
Andrea Leufgen is also recognised in this chapter as “a very impressive litigator”.

Global powerhouse BAKER MCKENZIE also performs well this year and achieves three listings.
Juergen Mark receives plaudits for his exceptional litigation abilities, particularly when it comes to handling product liability and distribution matters.
The “excellent” Günter Pickrahn leads the firm’s dispute resolution team in Germany. He is recognised as leading litigation practitioner who is nationally respected for first-rate representation in both domestic and international commercial disputes.
Joerg Risse has a deep understanding of transactional litigation, an area in which he is considered a standout name.

HOGAN LOVELLS achieves three listings in this chapter, illustrating its strong expertise in the space.
Detlef Hass is a leader in the field when it comes to commercial disputes and is regarded as a “strong litigator” with a comprehensive knowledge of the German market.
Alexander Loos is a great strategist who receives high praise for his skills, particularly in relation to construction disputes.
Juergen Johannes Witte is an expert in resolving complex disputes and is recognised for his exceptional work in the courtroom.

We highlight three leading names at HENGELER MUELLER this year.  
Markus Meier is regarded as “one of the towering giants of litigation in Germany” by market respondents who note, “He is definitely a star.”
Peter Heckel is esteemed for his national and international litigation expertise. One peer effuses, “Excellent is too weak a word to describe him.”
Matthias Blaum is a sharp-minded practitioner in corporate litigation and is described as considered and strategic when it comes to finding solutions.

CLIFFORD CHANCE also sees two lawyers listed for their standout expertise in the litigation space.
Burkhard Schneider is a specialist in banking and finance litigation, where his expertise is considered second-to-none. One source notes, “You would not go wrong at all in hiring him!”
Uwe Hornung is a long-standing figure in the German market and an “excellent commercial litigator”. He has wide-ranging experience in national litigation and dispute resolution.

Two practitioners are recommended at FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER.
Rolf Trittmann is “outstanding and very well known” among peers. He stands at the top of the field in large-scale litigation and is highly sought after by clients.
Thomas Kreifels is one of the country’s most esteemed litigators. His highly respected practice encompasses cartel follow-on damages and liability claims, areas in which he particularly excels.

Leading German firm NOERR achieves two listings.
Michael Molitoris is a top name in German litigation and is internationally recognised as “a very prominent product liability lawyer”.
The “excellent” Oliver Sieg draws high praise for his expertise in complex and cross-border litigation, both at first instance and appellate courts.

PFITZNER LEGAL sees the “superb” Fabian von Schlabrendorff recognised as one of the leaders in the space. He receives widespread accolades from both clients and peers.

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS sees “strong litigator” Thomas Weimann listed for his long-standing expertise spanning 25 years. He is one of Germany’s most esteemed disputes lawyers.

Georg Maier-Reimer at OPPENHOFF & PARTNER RECHTSANWÄLTE is a specialist in company and corporate disputes where he is considered a real authority.

Dorothee Ruckteschler of CMS HASCHE SIGLE enjoys a stellar reputation in the market for her distinguished record representing German and international clients in court, most notably in relation to transactions disputes.

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