My Firm Philosophy is to serve and to help all clients who get stuck in legal matters between the U.S. on one side and Germany on the other side, be it outbound from the U.S. into Germany or be it inbound into the U.S. from Germany.
Main practice areas of my law firm are American German Business Law, American German Corporate Law, American German Probate Law, American German Estate Law, American German Tax Law, and American German Tax Fraud Criminal Law, including American German Estate and Inheritance Tax matters.
Almost all of the cases I am retained for are of such a transatlantic nature.
To that end, I have undergone a triple education in American Law as a graduate from SMU School of Law, Dallas, Texas, LL.M., in German Law as a graduate from the Law Schools of the Universities of Munich, J.D., and Passau, S.J.D. (Ph.D. in Law, Dr. iur.), and in Business Administration as a graduate from the Business School of the University of Cologne, M.B.A. (Taxation).
In terms of professional admissions, my legal work is comforted by my dual Bar Admission both as an American Attorney at Law in New York and as a German Attorney at Law (Rechtsanwalt) in Frankfurt.
My professional experience in international legal matters has been built up by years of practice as corporate counsel with three of the international former “big eight” audit and accounting firms, namely with Coopers & Lybrand in New York, New York, 1978 – 1979, with Arthur Andersen in Düsseldorf, 1979 – 1980, and with Ernst & Whinney, Frankfurt, 1982 – 1985, acting as their sole general counsel for entire German-speaking Europe.
Thereafter and in conjunction with and subsequent to my admission as an American Attorney at Law with the Bar of New York in January of 1988, I practiced in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, in the health care industry as a General Counsel of an American German chain of hospitals in California and Florida, 1987 – 1988, and with the law firm of Storey, Armstrong, Steger & Martin in Dallas, Texas, 1987.
Throughout most of my professional life, including my work in Düsseldorf and in Frankfurt, my working language had been American English and my records and documentation had been kept in American English too.
The American clients served by my law firm are located all over the U.S., mostly in California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Washington State.
My German Bar license was issued to me in Frankfurt in 1983, since 1985 I am also admitted in Germany as a Bar-Approved Specialist in Tax Law, and since 1989 I am also a member of the German C.P.A. Bar.
In addition thereto, I am a member of the American Bar Association, of the New York State Bar Association (Section of International Law and Practice), of the American German Chamber of Commerce, of the German Bar Association, of the German American Lawyers Association, of the international lawyers directory of Martindale-Hubbell, and of the fraternity of Phi Alpha Delta, Dallas Section.