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Michael Molitoris

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Litigation, Arbitration & ADR, Automotive & New Mobility


Michael Molitoris heads Noerr’s Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Department. He has extensive practical experience in handling complex German and international Litigation and Arbitration cases involving more than 25 countries, especially in the fields of Commercial Disputes/Damage Claims, Product Liability, Insurance and Reinsurance Law, Banking Law and White Collar Crime. Michael Molitoris lectures at numerous conferences and publishes extensively on these topics.


Joined Noerr 1988; Partner since 1995


Speaks German (native language) and English.


German Institution for Arbitration (DIS); Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC); International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC); International Bar Association (IBA), Past Chair of Lex Mundi.

Germany: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Noerr frequently handles bank and capital markets-related litigation alongside contentious product liability and insurance law matters. Christine Volohonsky has been representing an international trading group in various contentious issues pertaining to a joint venture, and acted for Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig before the Court of Appeals in London for payment claims from derivatives. Stefan Blum defended Sal. Oppenheim against several damage claims brought by investors for alleged faulty investment advice provided on Oppenheim-Esch fund matters, while team head Michael Molitoris represented various companies of an international automotive supplier in product liability proceedings for airbags including recall negotiations and recourse claims. Other key individuals include Oliver Sieg and newly promoted partner Sophia Habbe.

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Financial services litigation

Within: Financial services litigation

Acting for a number of well-known clients including Deutsche Bank and Sal. Oppenheim, Noerr has been representing the former financial institution in capital markets proceedings concerning alleged prospectus errors of the real estate fund IVG EuroSelect 14 (The Gherkin) with Hans Christian Kirchner, Kolja Dörrscheidt and team head Michael Molitoris in the lead. The latter bank instructed Stefan Blum to act in several defence proceedings against claims for damages brought by a number of investors for alleged erroneous investment advice related to the so-called Oppenheim-Esch funds.

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Product liability

Within: Product liability

Noerr has a fine reputation in the market and is particularly rated for its automotive sector expertise: team head Michael Molitoris represented the German and EMEA companies of an international automotive supplier in a product liability procedure concerning passenger protection systems, including proceedings on recalls and recourse claims. The team also acted for another global automotive supplier in out-of-court negotiations and mediation with a car manufacturer for product liability and warranty claims on air conditioner condensers, and, with Thomas Klindt and associated partner Susanne Wende in the lead, the practice also assisted a home appliance manufacturer in a worldwide product recall. MAN Diesel & Turbo received advice on product liability matters including product recalls for the two business units Truck & Bus and Diesel & Turbo, while a major German toy manufacturer instructed the team to defend against recall requests brought by German and French market surveillance authorities for supposedly dangerous toys.

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