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Dr. Clemens Birkert

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BEST LAWYERS and Handelsblatt have awarded Dr. Clemens Birkert in the field of “Data Protection Law” as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2023 Edition).

BEST LAWYERS and Handelsblatt

Clemens Birkert has grown up with data protection law.

After his legal studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, he worked at the Institute for Media and Information Law under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Boris Paal, inter alia, on the first standard commentary on the General Data Protection Regulation which had at that time not yet come into effect. At that time, he also completed his thesis on an internet law subject. In addition, Clemens Birkert founded and managed a start-up which provided online legal tutoring throughout Germany in more than 30 university cities. Clemens Birkert has worked as a lawyer since 2016, initially in a major international law firm in Frankfurt am Main in the area of technology, media and telecommunication and since 2018 at OPPENLÄNDER Rechtsanwälte in his native city Stuttgart.

Languages: English


Clemens Birkert specialises in data protection and IT law. He ensures that the business models of his clients are not only legally secure but also practically feasible.

Clemens Birkert was involved from the beginning in the development of the General Data Protection Regulation, firstly by his research at the Institute for Media and Information Technology and then in legally advising on many major projects on the implementation of the GDPR, including a number of DAX 30 companies in the banking and automotive industries. He has special experience in dealing with IT projects and IT security incidents (including data infringements) and in defending his clients in complex litigation. He also has special industry knowledge in the areas of eHealth, eCommerce, media/press and digitalisation.

Clemens Birkert is in demand as a speaker on data protection and IT law subjects and in the area of legal tech. He regularly participates in panel discussions, inter alia, at conferences of the Justice Academy and various hackathons. He is the author of several specialist publications, including as co-author of the Legal Handbook E-Health / Digital Health published by C.H. Beck-Verlag.

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BEST LAWYERS and Handelsblatt has awarded Dr. Clemens Birkert in the field of “Data Protection Law” as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2023 Edition).

BEST LAWYERS, Handelsblatt


14. June 2024

OPPENLÄNDER honoured by Best Lawyers

Handelsblatt has published the latest ranking of Best Lawyers and OPPENLÄNDER has been honoured several times.

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  • Admitted as lawyer since

  • Founding shareholder and managing director (until 2016) of an educational institution for nationwide law tutoring

  • Academic assistant at the Institute for Media and Information Law, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Prof. Dr. Boris Paal

  • Doctorate

  • Studies in Freiburg