Looking back, it has now been more than 40 years since Küttner was founded in 1973. With the foundation, the firm was one of the first to exclusively specialize in employment law and today the firm is one of the most prestigious employment law practices in Germany.
Since the founders and named partners Dr. Wolfdieter Küttner and Klaus-Dietrich Küttner retired and are no longer actively involved in the day to day client business, the law practice is comprised of a team of 16 highly qualified and specialized attorneys. Our firm’s focus is to provide advice and counsel to employers, executives and works council members in the practice areas of individual and collective employment law – and related practice areas. Küttner represents employers as well as employees and their representatives (works council, unions). This enables Küttner Attorneys at Law to provide practical and goal-oriented advice and counsel to clients, ensuring legal solutions that are sound, economically optimized, and realizable.
The high professional qualification and specialization, the exchange with clients and the constant interaction between all of our attorneys in their specialized practice areas, guarantees integrated and optimal client services and representation. The focal point of our legal practice is the development and realization of client-oriented solutions.
Numerous German and international companies representing virtually all industries, sectors, and sizes are among our longstanding client base.
To be able to better bundle the industry-know-how that we have developed with our clients over the years and in an effort to make better use of this know-how, Küttner has decided to structure and combine our individual clients according to industry sectors. The following industry-sectors were defined as:
Automobile and Commercial Vehicle Industry
Trade and Services
Foundations and Non-Profit-Organizations
Technology, Media and Telecommunications
Transport/Shipping and Logistics
A key area of focus are the industries automobile, banking and insurance, telecommunications and media, chemical as well as the logistics. The firm’s attorneys entertain a lively exchange on the latest industry trends and developments. This supports and guarantees the highest degree of industry and sector specific counsel.
In addition to companies, we also represent board members, managing directors, as well as executives and works council members.
Küttner is represented in all national and international compendiums (JUVE, Legal 500, Chambers Europe etc.), as well as in the financial and economic press (Manager Magazin, Wirtschaftswoche, FOCUS, Handelsblatt etc.) as one of Germany’s leading employment law practices. Most notable is that Küttner received the JUVE Award 2010 for “Law Firm of the Year” in the category of employment law. The following is an excerpt from our references:
For years now, JUVE, one of the most important national compendiums, has listed Küttner as one of Germany’s leading employment law firms. The current 2014/2015 Handbook states that Küttner:
"…continues to be a highly and often recommended employment law boutique. The firm's most notable highlight was the announcement that Karl-Dietmar Cohnen of White & Case, an experienced attorney with an excellent network, joined the team together with an aspiring local partner from the Düsseldorf office of the US firm. Küttner's in-house talent is also making a name for itself: Küttner's business model assigns dedicated clients to associates; these associates are fully responsible for the legal needs of their clients. The accomplishments of these younger attorneys are recognized more frequently by competitors and clients as compared to other young associates. In addition, Küttner was able to win extraordinary new clients; these include the Deutsche Post/DHL and Schenker. Küttner advises clients on all matters concerning the use of external personnel, predominately in the logistics industry. Küttner is constantly improving its bundling of industry know-how, as evidenced by this development. The firm's other major focuses are in the media and communications, banking and insurance and automotive sectors. Once again, the firm's work for executives, board members, officers and executive bodies has proven to be a significant source of sales. These clients have also proven to be significant multipliers due to the fact that they routinely retain Küttner as counsel at their new companies.
“Frequently recommended:Download Juve Award
Jürgen Röller, Dr. Wolfgang Rebel (“high degree of Federal Labor Court experience”, competitors), Bernd Esser (“highly experienced“, competitor), Dr. Tim Wißmann (“excellent work on compliance reviews and company retirement/pension plans”, “he has an excellent grasp of the achievable”, competitor), Karl-Dietmar Cohnen, as associates: Dr. Benjamin Ittmann (“excellent legal mind, personal commitment, professional standing, eloquent presentation, client”), Dr. Tilman Isenhardt, Thomas Niklas ("provides competent advice, tailored to our needs“, "provides advice with tact, discretion and his negotiation skills can only be described as deft", clients)".
Küttner is also listed in the leading international law firm compendium Legal 500, as a leading employment law practice. The 2014 yearbook for Germany states:
"The Küttner Boutique, which also provides extensive advice and council to work's councils, may only have one office; it is, however, valued for its attorneys' "sound specialist expertise" and its "exemplary price performance ratio". Küttner’s major industry focuses include technology, media, banking and insurance, the automobile industry, as well as transport and logistics. Küttner was able to gain Deutsche Post and Schenker – both well known logistics companies, as new clients. Küttner is advising the companies in all matters concerning external personnel. Küttner is representing BASF in an appeal and is also providing advice and counsel on the relocation of the health care company Pharm-Allergan. Küttners main customers include automobile manufactures and well-known broadcasting companies, such as the Bayerische Rundfunk and WDR. In addition to the "very clever and experienced" Wolfgang Rebel, the "extraordinarily well-versed" partners Tim Wißman and Thomas Niklas come highly recommended"
Law Firms in Germany 2014 [Kanzleien in Deutschland 2014]
Küttner Attorneys at Law was able to further expand its market presence and is considered to be one of Germany’s leading employment law practices. The fact that Küttner attorneys take up current employment issues and contribute solutions tailor made for today’s legal and operational practice, after 40 years the Cologne firm is not only a leader in its time for employment law, it is, indeed, ahead of the times.
FOCUS: Top- Commercial Law Firms 2014
According to an opinion survey performed by an independent pollster for the news magazine FOCUS, Küttner Attorneys at Law is one of Germany’s top employment law practices. The ranking list is based on the recommendations of more than 2,600 attorneys from different commercial law firms and company legal departments. The number of Küttner recommendations by colleagues is disproportionate compared to other firms. In addition, recommendations from the 2013 survey also were taken into account; Küttner has continued to earn its high reputation.
Legal Chambers 2015
“Well-regarded German boutique with an exclusive focus on employment law. Küttner advises an impressive list of domestic and international clients on a range of individual and collective matters. It has been highlighted for its extensive experience in M&A and restructuring projects. In addition to its expertise in company pension plans the firm also actively provides advice on the implementation of new remuneration schemes and structures. The firm enjoys particularly high visibility in litigation before the Federal Labour Court.”
Sources say: "We are extremely happy and really enjoy working with the firm – the attorneys are to the point and always easy to reach, and above all extremely efficient." "Outstanding work – quick, precise and of very high quality."
Küttner’s strategy is growth oriented. We routinely recruit qualified attorneys and law interns in the employment law practice area, as well as related practice areas.
Küttner Attorneys at Law's long-standing organic growth is the basis of an excellent work environment, which is predicated on outstanding collegial collaboration and constant exchange between our practice areas. After a short period each attorney practices independently, this includes maintaining direct relationships with clients. Forensic representation is, of course, an integral part of this practice-oriented manner of conducting business.
At Küttner Attorneys at Law, you will not be working in the "back-office" – you will start your career with us practicing as an attorney! As such, you have the opportunity to make partner after a few years.
Obtaining the "Fachanwaltstitel" i.e. an advanced degree in an area of specialization, is not only a matter of course, we encourage and promote it.
As experts in employment law, we also offer law internships within the context of your degree program, as well as the opportunity to join our firm. You will be integrated into our day-to-day legal work and as such, you are provided with the opportunity to display your legal and social competence – this is the opportunity to join Küttner Attorneys at Law at a future date.
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