Ralf studied Law at the University of Cologne. Up until the completion of his doctoral degree and admission to the Bar in 1991, he was employed as research assistant at the Institute for Criminal Science (Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Hans Joachim Hirsch) of the University of Cologne. Before co-founding the Cologne and Brussels offices of avocado rechtsanwälte as a partner in 2000 he had already been a lawyer and partner for a number of years in a reputable law firm specialising in environmental law based in Cologne with an office in Halle/Saale, which he established in the mid 1990s.
His practice involves, in particular, the on-going provision of legal advice relating to environmental, particularly waste management law to the manufacturing industry the industrial economy as well as waste management companies of all sizes. Providing legal advice to issues of environmental criminal law relating to waste disposal and waste management law falls within Ralf’s practice.
Furthermore, he is distinguished through numerous publications and appearances as a speaker at seminars concerning national and European waste management law as well as environmental criminal law.