DR. CHRISTIAN ZELLER

GERMAN ATTORNEY AT LAW . MANAGING PARTNER

“I will either find a way, or make one!“
(Hannibal)

 

Notable Courtroom Victories:

  • Achieved a 7-figure EUR severance settlement on behalf of a former top executive (“Vice-President”) against a major international sportswear company after lengthy negotiations.

  • Won a midsize 7-figure EUR judgment on behalf of a major international corporate group in the telecommunications industry.

  • Achieved a high 6-figure EUR severance and non-compete settlement on behalf of a former top executive (“Vice-President”) against a major German-based sportswear company.

  • Representing a worldwide leading German tool manufacturer in judicial dismissal proceedings against three former Director-level top executives.

  • Achieved a high 6-figure court settlement on behalf of a former top manager (“Global Project Director”) against one of the world's largest multinational gas companies. 

  • Achieved a court settlement for a former Country Representative of a German branch of the largest bank in a Eurasian country.

  • Successfully negotiated a non-compete settlement on behalf of a former top executive (“Vice-President”) against an American multinational conglomerate.

  • Successfully negotiated a severance settlement on behalf of one of the largest banks of a Middle Eastern country against a former Country Representative of the German branch.

  • Achieved a 6-figure EUR court settlement for a top executive (“Senior Director”) in court proceedings against a major American clinical research organization.

  • Achieved a 6-figure EUR court settlement on behalf of a former top-level executive (“Director of Sales and Operations”) against a global outsourcing company.

  • Achieved a high 6-figure USD severance settlement on behalf of a former top executive (“Head of Germany Office”) against one of the world’s largest publishing firms headquartered in the US.

  • Successfully negotiated an out-of-court settlement on behalf of a former top manager (“Head of Marketing & Communication”) against one of the Big Four accounting firms.

  • Achieved a 6-figure court settlement on behalf of a former executive (“EMEA Capital Markets Partner”) against a leading company in the global commercial real estate industry.

  • Achieved a favorable court settlement for an American restaurant chain with locations worldwide in court proceedings against a former top executive (“Senior Vice President Europe & Middle East”).

  • Successfully defended a leading global high-tech provider headquartered in South Korea in court proceedings against a former top manager (“Sales Manager Germany”).

  • Achieved a 6-figure court settlement for a senior executive (“Sales Manager United Kingdom, Spain & Portugal”) in a trial against one of the leading German providers of storage media.

  • Achieved a 6-figure court settlement on behalf of a former top executive (“Vice President German Operations”) in court proceedings against a major American-based logistics provider.

  • Successful legal representation in administrative penalty proceedings against a German Federal Authority on behalf of a Swiss recruitment agency with regards to HR services carried out for a leading worldwide provider of jet engines.

 

Resume:

  • Studied law in London (UK), Frankfurt am Main and Mannheim with an international emphasis, obtaining law degree (state examination) in 2004.

  • Working predominantly in Employment Law (including the overlap with Corporate Law) for more than 17 years, initially as a research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Employment, Business and Civil Law at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.

  • Doctorate to the "Doctor of Law (Dr. jur.)" at the Goethe University in Frankfurt based on work on German and European Employment Law (supervised by Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Helmut Kohl and Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Manfred Weiss).

  • Published several articles in professional journals on topics concerning Employment Law.

  • More than 13 years of practical experience in Employment Law, at first as a trainee lawyer in specialized boutique firms and major international law firms in Frankfurt and Auckland (New Zealand) and the Employment Court in Frankfurt, then as an Attorney at Law.

  • Former Head of the Employment Department of a medium-sized international business law firm in Frankfurt.

  • Former external Compliance Officer of a larger medium-sized business in the real estate industry in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main Metro Area.

  • Former Chairman of the International Transactional Services Practice Group of an international society of law firms with about 3,000 attorneys at law from 200 member firms in 40 jurisdictions all over the world (headquarters in Michigan, USA); thereafter serving on the executive board of this Practice Group.

  • Completion of the course to become a Certified Employment Law Specialist (Fachanwaltslehrgang für Arbeitsrecht, § 4 FAO).

  • Completion of the course to become a Certified International Business Law Specialist (Fachanwaltslehrgang für Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht, § 4 FAO).

  • Performs regular seminars on Employment Law and Liability Law.

  • In addition to Continuing Legal Education: Completion of frequent Negotiation Trainings.

  • Member of the Employment Law Practice Group of the German Bar Association, member of the German Employment Court Society.

  • Former member of the Supervisory Board of a medium-sized joint stock corporation in the financial services industry.

  • Former caucus chair of the local parliament (Ortsbeirat 2, City of Frankfurt am Main – Westend and Bockenheim).

 

Industries:

  • Banking & financial services
  • Personnel Services
  • Tool manufacture, mechanical engineering, plant engineering, electrical engineering
  • Sportswear, sports clubs, sports associations
  • IT & telecommunications
  • Shipping & maritime industry, transportation
  • Automotive, aviation, space travel
  • Real estate and construction
  • Media
  • Pharmaceutical & health
  • Oil & gas

 

Expertise (Business Litigation):

  • Employment Law – representing your interests before all German Employment Courts, all Higher Labor Courts, and the Federal Labour Court

  • Business Law & Corporate Law – representing your interests before all Regional Courts and Appeal Courts throughout Germany

Languages:

German, English, Portuguese, French

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