WE LOVE CONFLICTS!
OUR FOCUS: LITIGATION. DISPUTES. NEGOTIATIONS.
ZELLER & SEYFERT are a law firm in Germany, based in Frankfurt and Berlin, whose attorneys are passionate litigators in court on behalf of their clients. Even in advance of a possible judicial proceeding, we will fight openly or covertly on your side. Our experienced and capable attorneys will advise and represent you or your company in the context of agreements and settlement negotiations with the other side. Our attorneys at law 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 as 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 legal litigation, we will represent the interests of your company in administrative proceedings, also in administrative proceedings regarding certain legal offenses. Administrative proceedings may, for example, take place before the German Patent and Trademark 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 at law 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
To access your information, you must simply log on to your personal E-File on our website with your personal username and password. You have on your personal page immediate access to all 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 at law 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. We can absolutely assure you that 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 kept constantly up to date with your case, allowing the user to also review e-files at will, and can easily make contact with our attorneys.
MODERN COMMUNICATION CHANNELS - QUICK RESPONSE
To receive a call back from one of our attorneys at law, simply click on the left vertical navigation bar and ask us to call you back within 24 hours. A member of our law firm in Germany will respond to your inquiry within 24 hours, to discuss your case. This initial recall is free of charge. Should you later decide to give our law firm a mandate to represent your legal interests in an individual case, our attorneys will begin immediately jump in and start solving your legal issues.
However, you can also book directly "online" a free appointment slot with an attorney of our law firm. Again, simply click on the left vertical navigation bar and select a free date with an attorney at law (10-minute blocks). The attorney of choice 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 listen to the specifics of your case, ask you initial questions and give their thoughts as to the validity and potential of your claim.
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 (email@example.com). 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
In their daily work, our attorneys use 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 courts is done as efficiently 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 have dealt extensively 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 Employment Law:
We will fight for your company in the following areas of Intellectual Property Law:
We will represent you in the following areas relating to Media and Copyright Law:
We will fight for you in the following areas of Liability, Commercial and Corporate Laws:
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 which 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 based in the idea 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 as a result of the good work we have done on your behalf. 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 in 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.
To this end, we favour the idea of ‘results based’ billing instead of an hourly billing rate, as we feel strongly that basing our billing structure on achieved milestones is eminently fairer to our clients than the alternative. Please take a look at the ‘Our Fees’ here for further information.
SPECIAL SECURITY FOR OUR CLIENTS: EXTENDED INSURANCE COVERAGE
As one of the premier law firms in Germany, we are structured 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
Attorneys in Germany 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. We also have a huge amount of experience in working on behalf of expats in Germany, representing their interests within and out with the country. As we have represented clients from a huge number of countries, we have grown our network of international law firms substantially and we feel strongly we would be able to assist in representing your interests, regardless of the countries involved.
We feel that we are specialists in developing customized solutions, so feel free to contact us, should you feel your issue require a creative resolution.
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 require legal counsel in Germany to enforce their legal claims in this country. 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 international 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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