WE LOVE CONFLICTS!
OUR FOCUS: LITIGATION. DISPUTES. NEGOTIATIONS.
We are a German litigation law firm whose attorneys are passionate litigators in court on behalf of their clients. But even in advance of a possible judicial proceeding, we will fight openly or covertly on your side. Our attorneys will also advise and represent you or your company in the context of agreements and settlement negotiations with the other side. Our attorneys will also send out warning letters out of court to the person or company that is responsible for the infringements of your rights. They will also demand from the opposite side to sign a cease and desist declaration to the benefit of your company. In addition, we will request information to the nature and extent of the legal violation and damages from the opposite side. If an amicable settlement with the opposite side fails out of court, our attorneys will make sure that you are perfectly prepared for the upcoming legal dispute in court. We fight for our clients with full commitment - always with passion, heart, and soul.
In addition to litigation, we will represent the interests of your company in administrative proceedings, also in administrative proceedings about certain legal offenses. Administrative proceedings may, for example, take place before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the European Patent Office (EPO), the customs authorities, the German gambling authorities, the Federal Employment Agency and the German Pension Insurance. Our attorneys will also represent your legal interests in arbitration proceedings, e.g. in the context of collective bargaining to avert industrial action. We will also fight for your interests before occupational arbitration committees.
24/7-ACCESS TO YOUR E-FILE
Please just log on to your personal E-File on our website with your personal user name and password. You have on your personal page then immediately access to all of your case files in electronic form. The relevant inbox and outbox to your case files will be filled with scanned documents immediately after we have received them. In this way, you can practically watch "live" how your cases evolve and what the current status quo of your cases is. We will notify you automatically via e-mail when new documents have been added to one of your E-Files. If an explanation to an added document is necessary, our attorneys will leave comments to the respective document in the E-File. You can also leave comments and ask questions concerning each document in your E-Files. Our attorneys will respond to your questions promptly and make recommendations how to move forward in the individual case.
Our 24/7-access allows you and us an efficient handling of your case: Through our website, you have direct 24/7-access to your E-Files on our secure server that is located in Germany. No third parties have access to our secured server area (no cloud server / no virtual server). Your connection to the server is encrypted using the latest technology. In addition, our e-filing system ensures an efficient workflow, under which standardized processes are automated. Such workflow is critical to your success: It saves our attorneys the time that they need to focus on the key issues of your case; in addition, you are constantly up-to-date with your case and can easily make contact with our attorneys.
MODERN COMMUNICATION CHANNELS - QUICK RESPONSE
Please just click on the left vertical navigation bar and ask us to call you back within 24 hours. A member of our law firm will respond to your inquiry within 24 hours and will initially discuss your case with you. This initial recall is free of charge. If you later decide to give our law firm a mandate to represent your legal interests in an individual case, our attorneys will promptly deal with your case and start solving your legal issues.
However, you can also book directly "online" a free appointment slot with an attorney of our law firm. Please just click on the left vertical navigation bar and select a free date with an attorney of our law firm (10-minute blocks). The respective attorney will then call you at the date and time you had selected. This 10-minute call is free of charge. In this call, our attorney will talk with you about initial questions of your case.
TELEPHONE OR E-MAIL:
You are of course also welcome to contact us without an appointment: simply call (+49 (0)69-58 80 972-40) or fill out this contact form or send us an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A staff member of our law firm will take your call. A qualified staff member or attorney will then promptly contact you to tackle initial questions about your case or mandating our law firm. We answer e-mail inquiries usually within 24 hours, often much earlier.
EFFICIENT WORKFLOW SYSTEMS; MODERN DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT; KNOWLEDGE DATABASES
Our attorneys use in their daily work powerful workflow systems, document management tools and knowledge databases, which can make the difference between victory and defeat in complex litigation. Our work is – as far as possible – paper-free. The correspondence with opponents and the courts is done as efficient as possible and preferably also not paper-based (electronic filing of documents with the courts, DE-mail, etc.). Where it makes sense, we use multi-sourcing models to keep your costs low. This modern workflow enables our attorneys to focus on the things that are critical to a successful outcome of your case.
SEVERAL YEARS OF INTENSE EXPERIENCE IN SELECTED AREAS OF LAW
Our attorneys are all Ph.D. graduates. Each of them has dealt intensively with specific areas of law for several years throughout their legal journey inside and outside of Germany. They offer their advice solely on these specific legal areas. Our experience in these legal areas ensures that we can represent our clients assertively and forcefully in complex legal disputes in these legal areas.
Our attorneys are active only in the following areas of law:
We represent you in the following areas of law: Management Liability, Competition and Enticement, Internet and Employment Law, Termination and Resignation (Severance Packages), Temporary Agency Work / Posting of Employees, Pension Disputes (BAV), Works Councils / Employee Participation.
We will also fight for your company in the areas of Trademark Law, Patent Law and the Law on Utility Models, Design Protection, and Competition Law. In addition, our attorneys will represent your company in the areas of Privacy Law / Data Protection Law and Gambling Law.
We will also represent you in the following legal areas: E-Commerce & Internet, Film Law, Music Law, Entertainment Law – Events, Performing Artists, Copyright Law, Publishing Law, IT Law: Software Law and Computer Law, Image Law & Photo Law, Personality Rights (Defamation) and Press Law
We will also fight for you in the following areas: Directors and Officers Liability, Enticement and Competition (D&O), Shareholder Dispute, Commercial Agents –Compensation Claims, Commercial Disputes and Professional Liability (E&O Claims).
ABSOLUTE INTEGRITY - FULL TRANSPARENCY. WITHOUT EXCEPTION AND IN EVERY WAY!
Within the rules of professional conduct, we take the liberty to accept only such mandates that fit the legal practice areas we have specialized in. We also act only on behalf of clients with whom we share certain values and ethical minimum standards. But once we have accepted your mandate, you may rest assured of our absolute loyalty and integrity. Unlike some other business law firms, our business model is not that a client shall be "milked to the last drop", i.e. to get a maximum of fees out of every mandate and client.
We want you to come back to us if you need a creative, assertive and forceful trial lawyer – and we would be delighted if you would recommend us to other people because you felt we had done good work for you. We know that it is not enough that we are technically excellent and persistent in dealing with the other side: A good lawyer also needs to gain his clients’ trust and work for this every day. We follow and live according to this maxim. We want to give you the assurance that your needs are in good hands with us. Our word is our bond – no matter if we have promised you something orally, on the telephone or in writing. This is particularly true with regards to fees and costs for our work on your behalf.
ATTORNEY FEES - TRANSPARENT AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND
You will always know from us in advance what the fees for our attorneys’ work will be – we will not disappoint your trust with "surprise bills". Although hourly fees are still business standard with most business law firms, we follow different and more transparent fee models: standard fees for milestones, contingency fees and standard fees for conflict outsourcing.
We know that companies are under enormous cost pressure in a competitive market environment and must optimize their budgets for legal fees to the effect that they pay for the output of their lawyers (i.e. the results), not for their input (i.e. the time invested).
Detailed information on our fee models can be found by clicking on the following link: OUR FEES.
SPECIAL SECURITY FOR OUR CLIENTS: EXTENDED INSURANCE COVERAGE
As one of the first law firms in Germany, we are organized as a partnership of lawyers with limited professional liability (PartGmbB). Our PartGmbB goes significantly beyond the minimum statutory requirements when it comes to providing a high level of security for our clients: For damage due to professional mistakes of our attorneys, our law firm is covered by a liability insurance in the amount of 10,000,000 Euros per claim and 25,000,000 Euros per policy year. As far as the risk of your individual case exceeds these - already significantly increased - amounts of insurance coverage, you may ask us to seek further increased insurance coverage for an extra fee. Please contact us for details.
NATIONWIDE AND INTERNATIONAL
German attorneys are admitted to represent clients before all courts and authorities in Germany and before all courts and authorities of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In many cases, however, law firms use local counsels of other law firms as representatives in public court hearings when the court is not located at the headquarters of their law firm. With ZELLER & SEYFERT you can be sure: The responsible attorney in our law firm for your case will represent you or your company personally nationwide and before all EU courts and authorities and before the ECHR. For us as litigators, this personal representation of our clients in court is a matter of course.
Our attorneys have particular expertise in the support of cross-border litigation. We have a personal network of renowned international law firms at our disposal, which covers all major jurisdictions in other European countries, as well as almost every major venue around the world. Please just ask us. We are specialists in developing customized solutions.
OUR SERVICE FOR ATTORNEYS OUTSIDE OF GERMANY
An enormous percentage of our clients comes from outside of Germany. Typically our foreign clients have already hired a law firm in their own country and need now legal counsel in Germany to enforce their legal claims in Germany. Our attorneys have cooperated with hundreds of law firms outside of Germany in the past. A good cooperation is typically important to achieve a final success in the legal case of the client.
Conversely, our law firm also often needs good attorneys outside of Germany for our German clients who need legal advice and representation in foreign countries. We will be happy to refer our clients to your law firm if our clients need legal help in your country.
STAY UP-TO-DATE: LITIGATION BLOG, CLIENT COMMUNITY
Our Litigation Blog includes up-to-date information on current court decisions of German and European courts, which refer to the four main legal areas of our law firm: Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Media Law & Copyright Law, Liability Law / Commercial law / Corporate Law. In this way, you stay up-to-date with current legal developments in the legal areas which are most relevant for your company.
Furthermore, as a client, you have access to our Client Community where you can non-publicly interact with other clients of our law firm about practical matters and simple legal issues, for which it does not appear necessary or profitable to hire a lawyer.
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