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Announcing The Best Lawyers in Germany™ 2023

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from Germany.

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Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers

June 23, 2022 06:05 PM

For over four decades, beginning in 1981, Best Lawyers® has held the reputation as the most reliable global source for legal referrals. We highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession with a list of outstanding lawyers compiled by conducting exhaustive peer review surveys.

Candidates who are nominated for consideration are voted on by currently recognized lawyers working in the same practice area and located in the same geographic region. Our awards and recognitions are based purely on the feedback we receive from these top lawyers. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo a thorough verification process to ensure they are currently still in private practice. Only then can these top lawyers be recognized by Best Lawyers.

The 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in Germany™ recognizes the professional excellence of 6,107 lawyers in 84 practice areas across 15 metropolitan areas.

We are pleased to celebrate 229 “Lawyer of the Year” recipients across Germany. "Lawyer of the Year" honors are awarded annually to only one lawyer per practice area in each region with extremely high overall feedback from their peers, making it an exceptional distinction.

For 2023, we are also excited to announce our second edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Germany™. For the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Germany™, we recognize 642 lawyers in 29 practice areas. Lawyers are listed in 155 firms across nine metropolitan areas.

2023 Germany Publication Statistics

Publication Statistics

Here are highlights from the 2023 14th edition of The Best Lawyers in Germany™:

  • 6,107 Lawyers Recognized
  • 84 Practice Areas
  • 229 “Lawyer of the Year” Awards
  • 26 “Law Firm of the Year” Awards
  • 15 Metropolitan Areas with Listed Lawyers

Top Metropolitan Area with Most Listed Lawyers:

Nordrhein-Westfalen

Top 10 Practice Areas by Number of Recognized Lawyers in The Best Lawyers in Germany™:

  1. Corporate Law
  2. Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  3. Intellectual Property Law
  4. Labor and Employment Law
  5. Real Estate Law
  6. Litigation
  7. Tax Law
  8. Restructuring and Insolvency Law
  9. Banking and Finance Law
  10. Information Technology Law

Top 10 Most Searched Practice Areas in Germany on bestlawyers.com:

  1. Labor and Employment Law
  2. Intellectual Property Law
  3. Corporate Law
  4. Restructuring and Insolvency Law
  5. Information Technology Law
  6. Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  7. Tax Law
  8. Real Estate Law
  9. Litigation
  10. Arbitration and Mediation

Top 5 Practice Areas by Number of Recognized Lawyers in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Germany™:

  1. Corporate Law
  2. Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  3. Litigation
  4. Labor and Employment Law
  5. Real Estate Law

“Law Firm of the Year”

“Law Firm of the Year” awards recognize a single top firm for its work in a specific legal practice area nationwide. Awards are determined based on a handful of factors including lawyer feedback, the number of lawyers included in Best Lawyers for that firm and practice area, the number of office locations a firm has, historical analysis of the firm’s “Lawyer of the Year” awards, materials submitted by firms, and the firm’s overall scope and areas of expertise.

We are honored to present the following 26 “Law Firm of the Year” recipients in Germany for 2023:

  • Becker Büttner Held
    • Energy Law
  • Clyde & Co
    • Insurance Law
  • Dolde Mayen & Partner
    • Public Law
  • Feigen Graf Rechtsanwälte
    • Criminal Defense
  • Flick Gocke Schaumberg
    • Tax Law
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Labor and Employment Law
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Gleiss Lutz
    • Competition / Antitrust Law
    • Corporate Law
  • Hengeler Mueller
    • Capital Markets Law
    • Litigation
  • Hogan Lovells
    • Arbitration and Mediation
    • Pharmaceuticals Law
  • Latham & Watkins
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Private Equity Law
  • McDermott Will & Emery
    • Real Estate Law
  • Noerr
    • Telecommunications Law
  • NORDEMANN
    • Intellectual Property Law
  • Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater
    • Data Security and Privacy Law
  • POELLATH
    • Trusts and Succession Planning
  • Posser Spieth Wolfers & Partners
    • Environmental Law
  • Redeker Sellner Dahs
    • Construction Law
  • SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
    • Media Law
  • Taylor Wessing Partnerschaftsgesellschaft
    • Information Technology Law
  • White & Case
    • Restructuring and Insolvency Law
  • YPOG
    • Venture Capital Law

Interested in seeing Best Lawyers honorees in Germany? Use our Find a Lawyer tool to search by location and specialty.

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