Nils T. F. Schmid

Leaders in Law endorses Nils T. F. Schmid as our exclusively recommended Mechanical Engineering expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Nils, please use the contact information provided above.

  • German Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • European Trade Mark and Design Attorney
    Diplom-Ingenieur

Nils T.F. Schmid specializes in traditional mechanical engineering, his particular interest being in the areas of motor vehicles, tool engineering, process engineering, textile technologies, and medical technology. For his clients, especially medium-sized companies in Germany/Europe and Asian and American big corporations, he develops both German and global patent strategies and sees to their implementation with regard to the building up and management of patent and design patent portfolios.

Other key areas of his work include infringement and nullity disputes regarding patents, utility models, and designs, and the establishment and counseling of in house IP departments, including advising on employee inventor law.

Nils T. F. Schmid studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Karlsruhe and at the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) with an emphasis on materials science and technical mechanics. He qualified as an engineer in 1997. At the same time, he acquired a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (DEA) at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) in Paris in the area of development and manufacturing of motor vehicle bodies. In 1997, Nils T. F. Schmid started his studies to become patent attorney. Since 2001, Nils T. F. Schmid is working for BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT as a German patent attorney and European patent and trade mark attorney. Further, he is the location representative at the Paris office of BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT.

Nils T. F. Schmid lectures at the Université de Strasbourg (CEIPI seminars), preparing candidates for the admission examination to qualify as a European patent attorney (EQE) (European Qualifying Examination). In addition, he regularly holds further education seminars for the European Patent Academy of the EPO to prepare examiners for the EQE.

He is a member of UNION-IP (European Practitioners in Intellectual Property) and served as Vice-President of the UNION-IP Board from 2007 to 2013.  Nils T. F. Schmid led UNION-IP as President from 2013 to 2015, and was Past-President from 2015 to 2017. Nils T.F. Schmid was appointed honorary president by UNION-IP delegates in October 2017. He is also President of the Statutes Commission.

In addition, he is a member of the “Innovations” Committee of the (BWA) (Federal Association for Economic Development and Bundesverband für Wirtschaftsförderung und Außenwirtschaft Foreign Trade).

Firm Description:

Our network

BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT represents its clients before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, German and European courts, the European Patent Office, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In addition to its six offices in Germany, our law firm maintains international offices in Alicante, Paris, and Shanghai. The global network of our offices and the close collaboration with selected partner firms throughout the world guarantees unrivalled quality and efficiency.

Our strengths

The special strength of BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT lies in the close cooperation of our interdisciplinary teams of attorneys and patent attorneys. Due to the exceptional combination of natural scientists, engineers and lawyers, we are able to develop customised, creative, and practical solutions that meet our clients’ requirements. We put together a special team for each of our clients, which can, if necessary, be quickly augmented and always adapted to changing circumstances.

When it comes to registering of patents and trade marks, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT is one of the leading law firms, both in Germany and the rest of Europe. Consequently, our attorneys have the experience that is necessary to efficiently bring the complex procedures to their completion in a timely manner.

For more than 80 years, our firm has been representing the interests of its clients both with regard to the registration of property rights and in legal disputes. BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT is proud of this tradition, and uses the acquired know-how to the benefit of its clients.

History

Dr. Karl Boehmert started his patent law firm in Berlin in the early 1930s. Due to damages the building had suffered during the war, the firm had to move and Karl Boehmert decided to relocate to his home town Bremen.

Karl recruited his brother Albert Boehmert, who gave up the career he had built for himself in the United States and joined his brother. One could say that this is when BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT was born, but the firm was not using this name yet, and the offices were managed by Karl as the helmsman.

In the years that followed, the law firm did well and increasingly began specialising also in trade mark law. In addition to its mostly mid-sized German clients, the firm started to represent some international clients as well, mostly from the United States. Patents and trade marks were two of the mainstays of its work. In 1972, the successors of the Boehmert brothers took the plunge: patent attorneys and attorneys at law teamed up, forming a mixed law firm with equal partners – a first in the Federal Republic of Germany – which today bears the name of BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT.

BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT quickly changed from a family-owned company to a nationally and internationally recognised firm specialising in intellectual property rights. At the same time the European Patent Office was established in 1977, the partners of BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT and the British patent law firm FORRESTER KETLEY & Co. formed the joint European practice FORRESTER & BOEHMERT with its head office in Munich in order to be properly positioned for the growing international business. For 35 years, this firm successfully handled European patent matters. In April 2012, the cooperation was ended and the European business integrated in BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT.

Since the late 1970s, the law firm has been experiencing continued growth. New employees and partners have made it possible to handle increasingly complex legal issues even in new and expanding legal, technological, and scientific areas.

BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT evolves into an internationally acting and globally recognised law firm in the 1990s. Due to its legal expertise, its broad technical spectrum, and its recognised professional competency in all areas of intellectual property, and due to the cooperation of attorneys and patent attorneys, it is able to provide any and all services related to IP.

Geographic expansion and the opening of new locations attest to the firm’s continuous growth and its aim to be close to its clients. The latest extension of a location happened in Düsseldorf in 2016. The significantly larger and more prestigious offices clearly demonstrate the significant expansion both in the patent and the legal arena.

Today, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT has six regional offices in Germany and three international offices in Alicante, Paris, and Shanghai. Our broad expertise ensures success-oriented consultancy. BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT stands for close cooperation with clients and a vibrant internal work relationship between equal partners. In spite of its being a global player, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT does not have the anonymity that characterises large law firms. We have our focus on personal service.

 

Dr. Benno A. Packi

Leaders in Law endorses Benno Packi as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Benno please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Benno A. Packi advises clients on corporate and real estate transactions, project developments and from a legal perspective on financing. Dr. Packi advises stock corporations as well as medium-sized companies and successful start-ups on corporate and capital market law, restructuring measures including group law and transformation law, as well as foreign investors entering the German and European market.

In addition, Dr. Packi advises wealthy private individuals on corporate and asset succession, including foundation solutions.

Dr. Packi represents clients in litigation including arbitration, in particular in post-M&A disputes and in liability matters of managing directors.

His professional experience includes advising companies in the real estate, biotechnology and pharmaceutical, manufacturing, IT, energy, trade and logistics sectors.

Dr. Packi speaks German and English.

Practice Areas:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real estate transactions
  • Financing and capital market law
  • Company law
  • Company and asset succession
  • Litigation and arbitration

Firm Description:

adesse anwälte is an independent law firm for German and international business law.

We help companies and institutions from Germany and abroad to solve complex legal challenges.

We advise successful companies, wealthy private individuals as well as start-ups, inter alia with the legal structuring of their company groups, legal structuring of investments or financing, development of brand strategies as well as all other legal matters with respect to the management and growth of a company.

Our clients have one thing in common: they move people, goods and services on a daily basis — on a regional, national or international level. In addition to legal precision, our clients expect their legal advisors to have industry- and subject-specific know-how, and the ability to think and act economically

Consistently aligned to these standards, we offer legal advice and representation with a personal touch.

According to the meaning of the Latin term adesse (sic. “to assist”) we strive for forward-looking as well as proactive services. We attach great importance to early investigation and evaluation of interactions between legal fields and legal systems. Each of us thinks and works in a network — pigeonhole thinking is not our way of thinking.

In this way, we can provide the best possible support for time-sensitive projects.
 

Not only do we have a strong understanding of the economic framework of the specific business, but it is also of importance to us to establish a stable, personal relationship of trust with our clients.

We think in a cross-disciplinary way: Our client’s request does not have to fit into a specific field of law. Many legal matters overlap different fields of law. Corporate law matters depend on the structure of the financing and vice versa. Contract law matters, for example, coincide with the enforcement of rights based of creative work resulting from trademark rights. Competition law also covers online competition, which in turn entails elements of general online law.

Our clients have a very specific goal. We advise them in a committed and comprehensive manner.

 

Philipp Rastemborski, LL.M.

Leaders in Law endorses Philipp Rastemborski as our exclusively recommended IP Litigation Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Philipp please use the contact information provided above.

Philipp is a German-qualified attorney-at-law and a certified IP specialist in the Munich office of Meissner Bolte. His work focuses on complex patent infringement and invalidity cases tried before national courts, PTOs and arbitration bodies. Philipp’s expertise is in disputes involving SEPs, often at the intersection of IP and antitrust law. His cases are commonly international. He works with legal advisers from across Europe, the US and Japan, on multi-jurisdictional patent litigation strategies. He also advises on IP licensing strategies and IP-driven R&D projects.

His work focuses on complex patent infringement and invalidity cases tried before national courts, PTOs and arbitration bodies. Philipp’s expertise is in disputes involving SEPs, often at the intersection of IP and antitrust law. His cases are commonly international. He works with legal advisers from across Europe, the US and Japan, on multi-jurisdictional patent litigation strategies. He also advises on IP licensing strategies and IP-driven R&D projects.

Expertise

His industry expertise include electrical engineering, telecommunications, chip technology, software, mechanics.

Working languages

German, English.

Education

Philipp Rastemborski studied law at the Freie Universität Berlin, completed his legal traineeship at the Berlin Court of Appeal and the German Embassy in Bangkok and his Master’s degree (LL.M. in European Law) at the University of Edinburgh.

Professional memberships

LES, VPP

Special fields

Electronics, telecoms, chip technology, software, mechanics

Rankings

MIP/IP Rising Star 2020

Firm Description:

Meissner Bolte offers full service protection of industrial property rights for innovative companies at home and abroad. Starting with the application process, through prosecution, to the enforcement and exploitation of your intellectual property rights, we are the IP experts to have at your side.

At Meissner Bolte, comprehensive IP consultation means teamwork: more than 80 highly qualified patent attorneys and lawyers work together using their combined legal expertise to protect and defend your creative accomplishments, technical innovations, unique products and valuable methods. Our teams focus on protecting industrial property rights in their entirety, combining all opportunities afforded by patent, trademark and design law with a single objective in mind: to develop and implement a sustainable strategy for your IP management.

When it comes to protection of the technical issues, we focus closely on the details: Our patent attorneys are graduate engineers and scientists in the fields of physics, electrical and electronic engineering, medical technology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and material sciences. In order to strengthen the bridge between science and law, many of our attorneys have also earned a Master of Laws degree. Moreover, the majority of our lawyers are qualified as lawyers specialising in the protection of industrial property rights, and are actively involved in the relevant industry and professional associations.

 

Dott. Francesco Senatore

Leaders in Law endorses Francesco Senatore as our exclusively recommended Inheritance Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Francesco please use the contact information provided above.

Expertise and Practice

Francesco heads the Italian desk at our offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Milan. He has lead the international practice of our German-Italian firm since 2006. With his knowledge of the German and Italian legal systems, both languages and the corresponding intercultural competence, he is in a position to represent successfully our clients in cross-border legal matters between Germany and Italy. He uses his admission to practice law in both countries and his special dual qualification in particular for commercial, real estate, and inheritance law matters.

The focus of Francesco’s German law practice is on labor and employment law. He advises on employment agreements and termination, including warnings and actions for unfair dismissal in the field of labor law.

Additional Background

Francesco, our Italian partner and head of our Milan office, was born in Calabria in southern Italy. He spent his youth not far from Milan where he completed his legal studies with the degree Dottore in Legge. While looking for another challenge, he moved to Germany, learned German, and studied law at the University of Kiel. After passing the first state law examination, he participated in the postgraduate commercial law program in Hamburg. He completed his legal clerkship in Hamburg at the Fiscal Authority and Unilever Germany among other places. After passing the second state exam in law, Francesco first gained experience as in-house counsel before becoming a founding partner of ROSE & PARTNER.

Languages

Italian
German
English

 

Dr. Sebastian Conrad

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Sebastian Conrad as our exclusively recommended Administrative Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Conrad please use the contact information provided above.

Sebastian Conrad has more than ten years of experience in all fields of public law. He has an outstanding track record advising national and international clients in all aspects of public procurement, covering award procedures as well as appeal procedures. Moreover, he adivses clients in general corporate and commercial law, in international investments, in EU and regulatory matters and in real estate law where he has a broad experience in real estate transactions and property development. He has handled a wide variety of judicial procedures on a national and European level and has in-depth experience in the infrastructure, health, energy, transport and defence sectors.

Sebastian Conrad studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg and Montpellier. He completed his legal clerkship in Berlin, Speyer and Luxemburg (European Court of Justice). He obtained his doctoral degree at the Free University of Berlin (summa cum laude). In 2005, he was admitted to the bar in Berlin as a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt). He worked for the leading German law firm Gleiss Lutz for more than six years and has been a partner with the specialized law firm HFK Rechtsanwälte since 2016.

Sebastian Conrad has published a large number of papers in leading legal journals and is a co-author of a handbook on public procurement law. He is a staff writer of the journal „Public Procurement Law“ and a member of the committee for qualified lawyers in procurement law at the Berlin bar as well as of the Berlin Brandenburg board of law examiners. His further memberships include the Federal Association of Public Law e. V., the German Society for Construction Law e. V. and the Society for Environmental Law e. V. He has held numerous lectures and seminars, particularly on topics of public procurement law.

Sebastian Conrad is fluent in German, English and French.

HFK Rechtsanwälte:

Founded in 1974, HFK has developed into one of the most renowned law firms in administrative, real estate, procurement and planning law in Germany. HFK is entrusted by clients with the most difficult and largest projects. Providing outstanding service to clients is the firm’s mission and HFK takes responsibility for this with personal commitment and top-quality advice.

 

Sebastian Graf von Wallwitz

Dr. Sebastian Graf von Wallwitz is an equity partner with the German law firm SKW Schwarz, specialising in corporate law and antitrust.

Dr. von Wallwitz studied law in Heidelberg, Freiburg and New York. He obtained a Ph.D. in law (University of Freiburg Law School) and an LL.M. (New York University). Prior to joining SKW Schwarz, Dr. von Wallwitz worked as an antitrust attorney in the Brussels office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Dr. von Wallwitz advises national and international clients on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and antitrust matters, mainly in the technology, media, hospitality, retail and manufacturing sectors. His clients include Fenix Outdoor, Kadant, the Schörghuber Group, Perform Media Group, Sotheby’s, Orbian and Thomson Reuters.

The Corporate Law Practice:

Making strategic decisions requires reliable and experienced partners. This applies to corporate law issues as much as it does to M&A, start-up or family businesses, investors or large corporations.

SKW Schwarz has long-standing experience in legally designing important strategic decisions.

We advise companies of all sizes, whether corporations or partnerships, including medium-sized, often family-owned, businesses in all fields of corporate law. Primarily, this includes:

  • Advice on organizational structure (corporate governance)
  • Contractual agreements with executive bodies (general managers, members of executive, supervisory, and advisory boards)
  • D&O liability
  • Equity and debt financing (capital increases, shareholder loans)
  • Cash pools
  • Preparing and holding of shareholder and general meetings
  • Group law
  • Transactions under reorganization law (mergers, spin-offs, change of legal form)
  • Joint ventures and strategic partnerships
  • Matters of capital market law and restructuring

In addition, we advise our clients on all corporate compliance issues (preventive advice, including by drafting guidelines and training materials, and advice on handling compliance violations).

Our work also focuses on representing clients in disputes, both before ordinary courts and in arbitral proceedings, for example in shareholder disputes or shareholder actions.

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte:

SKW Schwarz is an independent German law firm. We advise companies of all sizes, from owner-managed firms to listed corporations, and private clients in all major areas of national and international commercial law. With offices at Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg and Munich, we are present at major German business hubs and can serve our clients all across Germany.

SKW Schwarz is a firm which combines tradition and modernity. Some of our offices have existed for several decades. Many of our client relationships have been in place for years – a clear example of the importance we attach to stability. At the same time our expertise in media and entertainment law, IT law, internet and e-business law shows that we do not just keep in step with the latest trends, but help to shape the future.

With more than 90 lawyers, we regard ourselves as a medium-sized firm, which can nevertheless take on international assignments that are usually the domain of large law firms. Our cross-location cooperation procedures enable us to set up teams for more complex transactions which are comparable to those of considerably larger competitors.

Dr. Bettina Bokeloh

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Bettina Bokeloh as our exclusively recommended Tax Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Bettina please use the contact information provided above.

Bettina Bokeloh is a national partner in the Tax Department, focusing on advising private equity firms and strategic investors on national and international M&A transactions. She also has significant experience in advising multinational corporations on corporate tax matters, including cross-border tax planning and reorganizations, and regularly advises on capital markets transactions.

Bettina is fluent in German (native) and English.

Firm Overview

Willkie is an elite international law firm of approximately 700 lawyers located in nine offices in six countries. For more than 125 years, we have represented companies across a wide spectrum of businesses and industries, most notably financial services. The firm is comprised of attorneys who are recognized as some of the world’s foremost practitioners in their respective areas.

Client Service

Willkie’s collaborative approach is entrepreneurially inspired and client focused. Clients grow with us over time. They hire us because of our reputation and our experience, and then build longstanding allegiances based on results and the collegial process by which they are achieved. Our focus on client service includes:

  • A pragmatic approach to the practice of law that puts the client first and forms the basis for longstanding relationships
  • Best-in-class practices that are frequently recognized by peers, clients and independent review publications
  • An attention to successful collaboration that encourages our bright and energetic lawyers to serve clients’ needs while maintaining high ethical standards and treating others with respect
  • Lawyers who possess the legal knowledge and experience to handle any transaction and the ability to communicate effectively with clients

Our International Reach

Willkie’s international experience—including the representation of U.S. and international corporations throughout all regions of the world—is both deep and broad. Located in key business centers throughout the world, Willkie is comprised of the best local market talent in shared strategic areas of practice. Each of our European offices is ranked and recognized within its country as a top local firm. This is an extraordinary distinction and speaks to our specific focus on having the best local talent in each office. Our ability to provide sound judgment and sophisticated legal advice, coupled with significant knowledge of a region’s particular rules and regulations, financial and political regimes, and customs and culture, ensures that clients seeking to conduct cross-border business get the maximum benefit from our vast experience.

Strategically Focused Areas of Practice

Our firm’s shared areas of concentration and services are aligned to ensure high quality and consistently responsive counsel across our international network of offices. Our continuous focus on the synergies within our firm is supported by a firm culture that values collaboration and cooperation.

 

Andreas Grünwald

Leaders in Law endorses Andreas Grünwald as our exclusively recommended Antitrust Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Andreas please use the contact information provided above.

Andreas Grünwald is a partner in the Global Antitrust Law Practice Group, and head of Morrison & Foerster’s German antitrust practice. He covers a wide range of antitrust and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sector.

Based in our Berlin and Brussels offices, Mr. Grünwald provides antitrust advice on M&A strategy, represents public and private corporations in merger control proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission, and he has notable experience in coordinating multi-jurisdictional merger filings involving European, U.S., and Asian authorities. He also advises on other transactional matters such as sector-specific permit requirements as they often arise in regulated industries.

Mr. Grünwald also counsels his clients on a wide range of operational issues, for example on abuse of dominance issues, information exchange, vertical agreements, antitrust compliance, and internal investigations. Moreover, his practice includes antitrust litigation, specifically with regard to cartel damage claims, where he represents clients in German courts and advises on the application of German law in relation to cross-border cartels.

Mr. Grünwald’s regulatory practice is primarily focused on the TMT sector, where he advises clients on matters such as licensing requirements, access regulation, spectrum issues, platform regulation, youth protection, and price regulation under German and EU laws. This again includes representation before regulatory agencies (e.g., the German Federal Network Agency) and in court, and the development of public policy strategies. Mr. Grünwald also has extensive experience in handling multi-jurisdictional regulatory projects for TMT clients, e.g. providers of telecoms or internet services.

Mr. Grünwald teaches media and competition law at the University of Münster; he served, among other things, as expert consultant to the Council of Europe and the European Commission; and is a founding editor of the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy (IJCLP). He studied law in Würzburg and Münster (Dr. iur.); was a research fellow (1996-2000) with Professor Dr. Bernd Holznagel at the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law (ITM) in Münster; a visiting scholar at the Communications Media Center of New York Law School (1998); and an international fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School (1999).

Firm Overview:

Morrison & Foerster is a firm of exceptional credentials. Our name is synonymous with a commitment to client service that informs everything that we do. We are recognized throughout the world as a leader in providing cutting-edge legal advice on matters that are redefining practices and industries.

But the Morrison & Foerster name tells only part of our story. In the 1970s, when teletype was used to send overseas cables, the firm purposely chose “mofo” as our teletype address. The nickname stuck, and we later decided to use it as our domain name.

In many ways, the MoFo nickname is an affectionate reminder that while we are very serious about our clients’ work, we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

We collaborate across a global network of 16 offices located in key technology and financial centers in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, Fortune 100 companies, and leading technology and life sciences companies. We also represent investment funds and startup companies, and over the years have supported many in their growth and development as leading industry players and household brands.

Morrison & Foerster stands out for its commitment to client service. The BTI Consulting Group’s Client Relationship Scorecard regularly includes us on its prestigious list of “Power Elite” law firms, based on the results of interviews with general counsel and other decision-makers at more than 500 leading companies.

Dr. Volker Knies

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Volker Knies as our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Knies please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Volker Knies is a founding partner of NESSELHAUF Rechtsanwälte. He is specialized in trademark law, unfair competition law, copyright law, design law, patent law and license agreements. He manages the trademark portfolios of a number of domestic and international advises in cases of intellectual property infringement.

Dr. Volker Knies is a member of the German Association for Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (GRUR Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht) and INTA (International Trademark Association). He is recommended by “LeadersinLaw” as a lawyer for trademark law in Germany and was awarded “AI Global” in 2017 as “Leading Intellectual Property Practitioner of the Year – Germany”.

The by Dr. Volker Knies managed trademark department has been elected as “Trademark Law Firm of the Year in Germany” by “Corporate INTL” in 2015 and 2017 and has been awarded as “Practitioner of the Year for Intellectual Property in Germany 2016 (Acquisition International Awards 2016). As part of his education Dr. Volker Knies has worked at a law firm in Sydney, Australia.

Firm Overview:

NESSELHAUF Rechtsanwälte advise enterprises and individuals in all areas of media and press law, intellectual property, information technology and related branches of practice.

 

Dr. Kati Beckmann

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Kati Beckmann as our exclusively recommended Acquisition Finance Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Beckmann please use the contact information provided above.

Kati Beckmann is a partner in the German Finance Group with a special focus on investment law, acquisition and corporate finance as well as financial restructurings.

She advises sponsors and investors on fund formations, investments in and marketing of funds, as well as on regulatory requirements for specific institutional investors. Kati has also a wide-ranging experience in advising clients on the borrower and lender side regarding national and cross-border financing, refinancing transaction and in workout and insolvency scenarios or in connection with distressed loan investments (NPLs).

Prior to joining the firm, Kati spent several years working for Olswang Germany, the banking team of Freshfields in London and Frankfurt/Main and the finance group of CMS Hasche Sigle in Berlin.

Firm Overview

Five decades ago, while at lunch in a South Florida deli, attorneys Mel Greenberg, Robert Traurig, and Larry J. Hoffman, saw an opportunity to establish a new breed of law firm for South Florida; one that mirrored a New York style firm. In 1967, they founded the law firm Greenberg Traurig Hoffman, a quality business law firm where client service and collaboration ruled.

This new model was strong and scalable: deliver the quality of legal work to which substantial U.S. commercial clients were accustomed; truly listen to and work hand-in-hand with clients to help them achieve their goals (not simply drown them in legalese); and do so while offering a decentralized structure that would help them control their legal costs. This approach would also allow the new firm to develop substantial and long-term relationships with some of the top businesses in the region and, eventually, the world.

In the early 1990s, the consolidation of firms had started to take off. The firm developed and executed a strategy that would allow it to deliver the United States to clients at much better value through quality lawyers in the key growth, financial, and political centers in the United States. Clients no longer needed to hire two different firms for the same matter. Because matters were priced locally and with flexibility, they could take advantage of market differences when it came to budgeting.

The firm’s cultural strategy attracted the highly ranked attorneys, who were already perceived as leaders in their community. These individuals wanted to join a firm of positive people who valued working together and shared experience and clients for the benefit of all involved.

The new firm was (and remains) non-bureaucratic. When clients needed a decision, they knew they were talking to someone who could make it happen.

From the beginning, Greenberg Traurig selected laterals not solely on traditional criteria, but also on how well they fit this new culture of collaboration. Additionally, the firm focused on creating a business staff roster that aimed to be the best in the profession.

Early on, Greenberg Traurig developed a strong commitment to giving back to the community. Attorneys and business staff striving to make a difference by leading, volunteering, and donating to a rich spectrum of causes.

Fifty years after its founding, Greenberg Traurig has more than 2,000 attorneys and 38 locations on three continents.

As each new office opened, this unique culture was replicated, but never dictated. The firm grew by way of laterals who fit in and had a passion for quality work and collaboration, and in response to client needs. Greenberg Traurig has never added lawyers through a merger and remains one firm. Each new office can be traced to an opportunity to better serve clients.

There never has been a headquarters office. From Day 1, people have been empowered to do the right thing and the best thing no matter where they were sitting. These qualities have allowed the firm to thrive along with its valued clients, attorneys, and staff.

We are proud of our achievements and grateful to our founders and to all those who continuously work harder and smarter to expand their vision.