Press and publishing in Germany

Damm & Mann

Damm & Mann is a renowned player in press and publishing law matters and the team surrounding the well regarded Roger Mann acts both for publishing companies and those affected by press coverage. Besides various book and magazine publishers and TV stations, clients also include media and communications companies, political parties and politicians and individuals from Germany and abroad. Holger Nieland is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Roger Mann

Other key lawyers:

Holger Nieland

NESSELHAUF Rechtsanwälte

NESSELHAUF Rechtsanwälte is considered 'absolutely professional, goal-oriented, efficient and pragmatic' when it comes to advising affected companies, associations, federations and federal authorities as well as politicians and celebrities on press and publishing law issues. The team successfully handles matters on a preventative level and in case of litigation. Stephanie Vendt is 'one of the most renowned experts' in the area of press, publishing and copyright law and Till Dunckel is also a 'total specialist in his field'.

Practice head(s):

Till Dunckel;Michael Nesselhauf;Stephanie Vendt


‘Till Dunckel succesfully preserves his clients’ interests and achieves success quickly, calmly and unbureaucratically.’

‘Outstanding legal skills paired with an eye for a commercially sensible approach and pragmatic solutions.’

‘Great engagement and indepedent establishment of facts with uncomplicated direct contact with the departments’ (non-lawyer) assistants.’

‘Very quick delivery of the required work.’

‘Very clear structure!’

‘Extremely quick grasp of commercial backgrounds, which go beyond media law but are connected to the overall problem. Very quick reaction times and also outside of normal working hours, very reliable.’

‘Stefanie Vendt: very reliable and well versed.’

‘Fair and transparent fee structure.’

‘Stephanie Vendt is an outstanding press and media lawyer with great experience and finesse. Fierce in negotiations, but is also respected by the opposing party. Reaches quick and, if desired, discreet results. Enormous engagement and empathy; she tackles the often sensitive cases both professionally and factually.’

‘Stephanie Vendt is excellent in her field, negotiates brilliantly and has outstanding contacts in the market and lots of experience.’

‘Nesselhauf Rechtsanwälte in particular stand for outstanding expertise, longstanding experience and service orientation. Matters are handled holistically and in a very trustworthy manner.’

Work highlights

  • Represented an industrial company in a  landmark dispute at the Federal Constitutional Court regarding the organisation of expedited press law proceedings.


Raue primarily acts on the side of media in press and freedom of speech matters, such as for key clients Axel Springer and Buzzfeed, but also has experience in representing individuals whose privacy rights have been breached. The team surrounding Jan Hegemann also advises publishing companies on copyright and data protection law and was bolstered with the promotion of Felix Laurin Stang to associate partner.

Practice head(s):

Jan Hegemann

Other key lawyers:

Felix Laurin Stang


I have experienced the firm Raue as extraordinarily strong media law practice, which works extremely client-oriented and stands for a strong media law and a strong, aggressive journalism in Germany. The cooperation with the firm is the best I have ever experienced with media lawyers in Germany. The colleagues are furthermore very flexible, always available and passionate about their job.

Jan Hegemann is the best media lawyer I have ever worked with. He has  enormous legal expertise, which spans decades.  He uses this for clever, aggressive, client-friendly assessments of cases brought to him and so far has been able to advise on and assist extraordinarily well with all of our contentious matters.

Schertz Bergmann Rechtsanwälte

Schertz Bergmann Rechtsanwälte represents celebrities and increasingly also companies, particularly in the real estate and construction industry, as well as entrepreneurial families, political parties, associations and federations in press and freedom of speech proceedings. Besides acting for clients in litigation the team also gives advice aimed at the prevention of negative reporting. Christian Schertz and Helge Reich enjoy an excellent reputation in the market.


‘In our opinion, Schertz Bergmann is one of the leading firms in press law.’

‘We only work with Helge Reich. His work is of outstanding quality, he is very committed and always available.’

Key clients

DFB Deutscher Fußball Bund

DOSB Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund


Tönnies Lebensmittel GmbH & Co KG

Wirecard AG

UFA Fiction GmbH

DPD Deutschland GmbH

Zalando SE

Ziegler Film GmbH & Co. KG

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz e.V. und diverse DRK Organisationen

Sparkasse Oberlausitz-Niederschlesien


Stadt Waldshut-Tingen

Bezirksamt Berlin Neukölln

Stiftung Jüdisches Museum Berlin

DLA Piper

The 'high skills of each individual lawyer' manifest themselves in DLA Piper's press and freedom of speech advice, which also includes crisis communication and the representation in proceedings around false assertions. In press and privacy matters the team traditionally acts on the side of the media but also has experience in representing those affected by press coverage. Stefan Engels is considered a 'very good strategist and tactician, who handles matters with confidence and professionalism'.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Engels


‘Total experts are available for all areas of media law and various related practice areas.’

‘Strong team with broad market expertise.’

Key clients


Axel Springer SE

Discovery Communications Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

dpa – Deutsche Presseagentur GmbH


Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG

Jochen Schweizer Project Holding

Magic Leap Inc.

Mr. Green & Co. AB

NeoLotto Ltd.

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Sat. 1 Satelliten-Fernsehen GmbH

Stillfront Group AB

Tele München Group

Trustly Group AB

Welt N24

Wort & Bild Verlag

ZeniMax Media

Work highlights

  • Continued to advise and represent Axel Springer SE in presse and freedom of speech matters.
  • Continued to advise Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH (dpa) on freedom of speech, publishing and copyright matters.
  • Provided continued advice and representation to the publishing company Heinrich Bauer Verlag in numerous press law disputes regarding a wide variety of press law claims.

KNPZ Rechtsanwälte

KNPZ Rechtsanwälte acts for publishing and other companies in copyright, freedom of speech and competition law matters with particular expertise in crisis communication and press and freedom of speech disputes. Gerald Neben is the key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Neben

Redeker Sellner Dahs

Media companies and clients affected by press coverage both benefit from Redeker Sellner Dahs's press and freedom of speech expertise: Besides providing preventative advice the team surrounding Gernot Lehr also frequently handles reactive crisis management. The firm's portfolio includes numerous broadcasters, industrial companies, states and municipalities, and ministries and public authorities.

Practice head(s):

Gernot Lehr

Key clients


Bayer AG u. Tochterunternehmen



Deutscher Bundestag


Stadt Dortmund

Verschiedene Bundesministerien und Bundesbehörden

Verschiedene Landesministerien und -behörden

Verschiedene Städte und Kommunen

Verschiedene Personen des öffentlichen Lebens

Autobahn Tank & Rast


Öffentlich-rechtliche Rundfunkanstalten

Deutscher Presserat u.a.

Verschiedene Landesmedienanstalten

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented Bilfinger in connection with media coverage (such as in the news magazine Spiegel).
  • Provided Bayer AG and its subsidiaries with press, freedom of information and freedom of speech advice, including in connection with the glyphosat ban.
  • Represented the city of Dortmund regarding the admissibility of the internet offering

SSB Söder Schwarz Berlinger Rechtsanwälte

SSB Söder Schwarz Berlinger Rechtsanwälte's services include giving comprehensive advice to the publishing company Burda (Hubert Burda Media) and its subsidiaries. Stefan Söder is the key contact.

Buse Heberer Fromm

Buse Heberer Fromm was able to gain two experienced experts in press and freedom and speech matters with Nina Lüssmann and Volker Perten, previously at Prinz Lüssmann Perten, who are now building the firm's reputation management practice. The team focuses on advising those affected by press coverage and acts both at the preventative level and in proceedings for individuals as well as companies.

Practice head(s):

Nina Lüssmann; Volker Perten


‘Assertive in disputes.’

‘Nina Lüssmann as experienced, reliable and always available contact.’

‘Volker Perten is very thoughtful and always thinks outside the box of press law – always paying attention to the consequences of each action on the whole.’

Key clients

Ferrexpo AG

Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH

Low Taek Jho (Malaysischer Unternehmer)

Sandra Bullock


CMS' press and freedom of speech practice is in the hands of the highly regarded Michael Fricke. Publishing companies, broadcasters, agencies, internet platforms, companies and private individuals seek the firm's advice on press law and representation in litigation. The team is also well versed in copyright law issues.

Practice head(s):

Michael Fricke


‘Mr Fricke has excellent legal skills and in in many ways valuable experience. Both leads to a sense of security, which helps clients to minimise litigation risks. He is also efficient, which results in an extremely positive price-performance ratio.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Porsche AG on freedom of speech and copyright matters, particularly in connection with unlawful statements on the internet and the representation in copyright litigation.


HÖCKER's Ralf Höcker, Carsten Brennecke and Marcel Leeser are the key figures of the firm's press and freedom of speech practice, which exclusively acts for those affected by press coverage, including cities, municipalities, associations, politicians, managers, sports clubs, and banks and insurance companies. The team is particularly well versed in providing preventative advice but also has experience in press and freedom of speech proceedings. In October 2019 the firm gained the former president of the Office for the Protection of the Federal Constitution, Hans-Georg Maaßen, as of counsel for the development of a practice in the field of public freedom of speech.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Höcker; Carsten Brennecke; Marcel Leeser

Key clients

ADAC Nordrhein e.V.

Altro Mondo GmbH (Immobilienverwaltungsgesellschaft; betreut mehrere zehntausend Wohnungen v.a. in Nordrhein-Westfalen + Niedersachsen)

Annette Kulenkampff

Bootshaus Cologne GmbH

Bundesverband Deutscher Sachverständiger und Fachgutachter BDSF e.V.

Cannamedical Pharma GmbH

CDU-MdB Sylvia Pantel

David Schirrmacher (bekannt als Gründer aus TV-Sendung „Höhle der Löwen“)

Dr. Ralph Erich Schmidt (Großneffe, Adoptivsohn und Alleinerbe von Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann

DRYMAT-Systeme GmbH

European Media Holding GmbH / EMH Partners GmbH / Gebrüder Maximilian und Sebastian Kuss

Flexx Fitness GmbH

Gesundheit Nord gGmbH

Jörg Kachelmann

McMakler GmbH

Medias Klinikum GmbH & Co. KG / Prof. Dr. med. Karl R. Aigner

Peter Meyer (ehem. Präsident ADAC e.V.; Vorsitzender ADAC Nordrhein e.V.)

Karl Baumann / Spargel und Beeren Baumann GmbH

Tutogen Medical GmbH (Pharmazeutisch-medizintechnisches Unternehmen, Tochter von RTI Surgical Inc.)

Ulrich Bieger (ehem. PR-Berater Wuppertaler Tanztheater)

Work highlights

  • Provided preventative press law advice to a large German statutory health insurer.
  • Provided a professional German football club with press and media law advice.
  • Successfully handled the preventative out-of-court procedure against the unlawful reporting about the eismann Tiefkühl-Heimservice GmbH in the TV programme Akte.2018 on the TV channel Sat1.


One year after opening its doors IRION | DÜNNWALD Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB's 'highly efficient and specialised' team surrounding Tanja Irion and Dirk Dünnwald was able to further expand its activities in press and freedom of speech representation of those affected by press coverage. The firm advises individuals and prominent associations and companies with a particular focus on the defence against investigative media research and the enforcement of freedom of speech claims. Other expertise lies in advising clients in media law matters in connection with high-profile civil and criminal proceedings and in crisis communication.

Practice head(s):

Tanja Irion;Dirk Dünnwald


‘The firm IRION DÜNNWALD unites profound professionalism with a measured eye for practical solutions.’

‘Dirk Dünnwald is a very good, competent and experienced media lawyer, who always has an eye on the whole picture, is good at weighing up reputation risks and reacts appropriately and with sound judgement, but also with consequence  and force where necessary in order to protect clients’ reputation.’

‘Tanja Irion is an extremely competent, very engaged and exceedingly client-oriented partner.’

‘Quick and competent solutions – trustworthy cooperation without time delays.’

‘The client’s wish is analysed meticulously and true advice follows.’

‘Dirk Dünnwald is well connected with corporate counsel at diverse media, which occassionally facilitates mediation. We value him as an experienced advisor, who doesn’t tend towards judicial activism (and his own matter acquisitions),  but can strategically balance well. Very quick, very solid advice.’

‘Tanja Irion is an outstanding qualified media lawyer, who has a very pragamtic approach in dealing with clients’ interests.’

‘Dirk Dünnwald plays champions league.’

‘Frau Philippi is highly competent, very reliable and humorous.’

Key clients


Commerzbank AG

BayWa AG

SIGNAL IDUNA Versicherungsgruppe

Hanse Merkur Versicherungsgruppe


Verband der Privaten Krankenversicherung e. V.

Mr. Wash

HSV Fußball AG

Ferring Arzneimittel GmbH

NASCO Energie & Rohstoff AG

Deutsches Aktieninstitut e. V.

Stadtwerk einer Großstadt

Internationaler Investment-Dienstleister

Private Hochschule I

Private Hochschule II


Work highlights

  • Provided BayWa AG with a media and freedom of speech law assessement of an extensive article about the company in a large German business magazine.
  • Continued to advise and represent Commerzbank on media and freedom of speech matters.
  • Continued to advise the large utility of a  big city on freedom of speech issues, the right to the use of the personal image, and data protection.

Lausen Rechtsanwälte

Lausen Rechtsanwälte's Martin Schippan has comprehensive experience in advising and representing newspaper publishers in copyright test cases and press law matters. Ursula Feindor-Schmidt has deep expertise regarding publishing companies' international licensing business.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Lausen;Martin Schippan;Kerstin Bäcker;Richard Hahn;Ursula Feindor-Schmidt;Bernhard Buchner

Key clients

Coalition for responsible sharing


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH

Prognos AG/ BMAS

Stage Entertainment GmbH

Süddeutsche Zeitung GmbH

Verlag Werben & Verkaufen GmbH

Work highlights

  • Represented the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung in damage claims proceedings due to alleged false reporting.
  • Represented the publisher Verlag Werben & Verkaufen in an action surrounding the usability of statements by the public prosection.
  • Represented the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in model proceedings regarding the admissibility of the mailing of press law information letters  despite the declination of the publishing house.

Prinz Rechtsanwälte

After the departure of Nina Lüssmann and Volker Perten to Buse Heberer Fromm Prinz Lüssmann Perten now operates under Prinz Rechtsanwälte. The team, which consists of the highly regarded Matthias Prinz and Diana Grün, who was promoted to partner and head of reputation management, represents individuals, DAX 30 corporations, production companies, banks and financial service providers, and mid-sized companies affected by media coverage on the entire spectrum of press and freedom of speech matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Prinz

Romatka & Collegen

Munich-based media boutique Romatka & Collegen particularly stands out for its advice to publishing companies with its long-standing experience in press, copyright and trade mark matters but also represents those affected by press coverage. Clients often seek Gero Himmelsbach's advice in critical communication situations, but he also advises publishers on competition law issues. Ulrich Grund acts at the intersection between media and employment law.

Practice head(s):

Gero Himmelsbach

Key clients

atlas Verlag GmbH

Atlas Spezial GmbH

AZ Fachverlage AG, Schweiz

Bayerische Landeszentrale f. neue Medien

CSU e.V.

Freistaat Bayern

FUNKE Zeitschriften

Heinrich Bauer Verlag

Hessing Kliniken

Mediagroup Medweth GmbH

Paul Parey Verlag

SdK Schutzgemeinschaft der Kapitalanleger e.V.

Verbraucherzentrale Südtirol

Weka Fachmedien

Werner Mauss

Work highlights

  • Representation of the State of Bavaria in press law proceedings at the Federal Administrative Court.