- MA Philosophy at the Open University, UK from 2010 to 2013
- Law Degree from University of Regensburg, Germany from 1995 to 2000 (graduated in the top 30 % in the state of Bavaria)
- A Levels equivalent in Germany (Abitur) in 1995 (graduated in the top 10 % of class). Majors in English and Law & Economics.
- Student exchange program in Adelaide, Australia for 3 months in 1992.
- In private practice with own law office from 2002 to 2009. Main areas of experience: International law, esp. international family law, refugee and immigration law, administrative law.
- Admitted to the bar in 2002. Specialization course in administrative law in 2004. Bar-certification as a family law specialist in 2007.
- Chairman of the supervisory board (Aufsichtsrat) of sheepworld AG, a gift and greeting card company, from 2002 to 2006. Handling all legal affairs for this internationally active corporation, including corporate, trademark, copyright, contract, consumer and employment law.
- Legal clerkships after Law School (2000-2002):
- 2001-2002: US Army JAG Corps, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany
- 2001: law firm Murchison & Cumming in Los Angeles, California, USA (civil litigation defense)
- 2001: District Attorney’s Office in Amberg, Germany
- 2001: City Attorney’s Office in Amberg, Germany
- 2000-2001: Superior Court in Amberg, Germany
- Internships during Law School:
- 1998: German General Consulate in New York, USA
- 1997: German Federal Securities Regulatory Office (Bundesaufsichtsamt für den Wertpapierhandel in Frankfurt) – Department for tracking down insider trading
- 1997: Clark County District Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA – Criminal Division and Juvenile Division
- 1997: German Special Prosecutor’s Office for Nazi-era crimes (Zentrale Stelle der Landesjustizverwaltungen zur Aufklärung der Verbrechen des Nationalsozialismus in Ludwigsburg)
- German: mother tongue
- English: fluent, also regarding legal, economic and political terminology. Paper based TOEFL 660 points (1997), 8.5 in all bands of IELTS academic version (2009). Certificates „English for Lawyers“ and „Business English“
- French: intermediate
- Italian: basic (currently studying Italian)
- Hebrew: basic
- Many work-related stays in Iran, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Morocco, Slovenia, Syria, the UK and the USA in the course of private practice, for contract negotiations, family law proceedings or research in refugee/immigration cases.
- During my time as a lawyer in Germany (2002 to 2009), I mainly practiced international law, with most of my clients being foreigners. More than half of my correspondence and conversations at my law office were in English.
- Foreign Law Advisor for the US Army for 6 months in 2001/2002.
- Internships/clerkships in Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles in the USA.
- Leading youth exchange groups in Israel every summer from 1992 to 2003.
PUBLISHED COURT CASES
- Supreme Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht),1 BvR 204/03,NJW 2006, 3052 = BVerfGK 7, 452 = JA 2007, 236: free speech case
– Appeals Court Nürnberg, FamRZ 2006, 878 = IPRspr 2005, Nr 205, 553-555: parental custody of a US soldier during his deployment in Iraq
– Appeals Court Nürnberg, FamRZ 2006, 878 = IPRspr 2005, Nr 205, 553-555: continued German jurisdiction in custody proceeding after children moved to the USA
– Appeals Court Nürnberg, FamRZ 2009, 637 = IPRax 2009, issue 3, page XI: German divorce granted although parties had already divorced in Florida
– Family Court Amberg, FamRZ 2005, 1839: no interruption of required separation time despite sex between spouses after separation
– Family Court Amberg, NJW-RR 2009, 2: preponderance of a child’s educational needs in a distribution of property dispute about a computer
– Family Court Bamberg, FamRZ 2008, 1098: the abducting parent has to bear the expenses of the Hague Convention proceeding even if she/he voluntarily returns the child in the course of that proceeding
– Family Court Fürth, JAmt 2008, 498: custodial rights can be ceased because of overseas stay without possibility of being contacted
– Family Court Mainz, FamRZ 2007, 2083: no distribution of retirement benefits in German-American divorce
– Family Court Nürnberg, FamRZ 2004, 725 = IPRspr 2003, Nr 93, 271-274: international child abduction USA-Germany
– Family Court Nürnberg, FamRZ 2008, 1777: international child abduction France-Germany with the specialty of the child having habitual residence in both countries
– Family Court Nürnberg, FamRZ 2009, 237 = NJOZ 2008, 3681: no return of a child according to the Hague Convention on Child Abductions because custody in the original country of habitual residence was not exercised
– Family Court Rostock, FamRZ 2009, 625: international child abduction United Kingdom to Germany (continued in the Hight Court in London)
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