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Dr. Torsten Gerhard

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“Attorney Dr. Gerhard impresses with high legal competence and always very pleasant communication. He has great understanding of the political context in which we work.

Legal 500 Deutschland 2022

Torsten Gerhard studied law at the University of Mannheim. During and after his practical training periods in Speyer, Melbourne and Brussels, the Palatinate native worked as academic research assistant at the Chair for Criminal Law, Criminal Procedural Law, Commercial and Tax Criminal Law of Prof. Dr. Björn Burkhardt and subsequently at the Chair of Public Law of Prof. Dr. Wolf-Rüdiger Schenke at the University of Mannheim. Torsten Gerhard received his doctorate there with a thesis on administrative and constitutional procedural law.

Torsten Gerhard has been a lawyer at OPPENLÄNDER for over 15 years, in particular in the areas of public law and data protection law, since 2011 as specialised lawyer for administrative law. Since 2015, he lectures at the German University for Administrative Sciences in Speyer and in the law training course at the lawyers’ chamber Stuttgart. Since 2022, Torsten Gerhard also lectures at the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (University of Applied Sciences) Heilbronn on the law of wine and food. He is a member of the Working Group Administrative Law (Baden-Württemberg Group) in the German Bar Association (DAV) and of the German-Nordic Lawyers’ Association.


Public law and data protection law are both central working areas of Torsten Gerhard.

In public law, Torsten Gerhard advises companies and the public sector on core questions, in particular construction and planning law, but also public law special areas, for example freedom of information law, gambling law or the Infection Protection Act. He brings his experience from earlier work as local councillor to his advice on municipal and local authority constitutional law issues.

Torsten Gerhard has special experience in conducting administrative and constitutional law proceedings. He appears regularly before the Federal Administrative Court and represents his clients also before the constitutional courts of the Federation and the Länder and before the European Court of Justice.

In 2010 – long before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect – Torsten Gerhard established the data protection law practice at OPPENLÄNDER. Since then he advises clients on data protection law issues, in particular in the typical OPPENLÄNDER industries of health and mobility.

Torsten Gerhard is the author of many publications and regularly lectures at events and conferences. He is a co-author of commentaries and handbooks, including on hospital law, European election law and wine law.

Others about Dr. Torsten Gerhard

Client about Dr Torsten Gerhard in environment and planning law: “Outstanding.”

Legal 500 Germany 2024

Client about Dr Torsten Gerhard: “Particularly stands out due to his outstanding expertise, his grasp of political contexts and his ability to solve problems quickly.”

Legal 500 Germany 2024

“Torsten Gerhard has a very special expertise in public law, so that he can convey his knowledge precisely. The entire extremely pleasant advice and representation reflects the special experience he has gained for the firm in numerous extensive clients. He maintains a close relationship with his clients, responds promptly to queries and has a clear and sound approach to the conduct of the case. The pleadings are impeccable and of the highest quality in terms of content”.

Legal 500 Deutschland 2023

“Torsten Gerhard: A brilliant lawyer who always succeeds in explaining difficult issues in a way that even non-lawyers can understand. He always finds excellent legal solutions.”

Legal 500 Deutschland 2023

“Attorney Dr. Gerhard impresses with high legal competence and always very pleasant communication. He has great understanding of the political context in which we work.”

Legal 500 Germany 2022

Legal 500 Germany 2022 recommends Dr. Torsten Gerhard in environmental and planning law and economic administrative law, citing: “The lawyers at Oppenländer have outstanding legal expertise and have a suitable solution ready in any situation, no matter how difficult. They work transparently and are available at all times, even under the greatest stress. The pleadings are flawless and of the highest quality in terms of content. This applies in particular to Dr. Torsten Gerhard (partner).” and “Dr. Gerhard impresses with high legal competence and always very pleasant communication. He has a great understanding of the political context in which we work.” 

Legal 500 Germany 2022

JUVE Handbook 2021/2022 ranks Dr. Torsten Gerhard among the frequently recommended lawyers in environmental and planning law.

JUVE-Handbook 2021/2022

Dr. Torsten Gerhard is recommended by The Legal 500 Germany 2021 in commercial administrative law and environmental and planning law.

Legal 500 Germany 2021

JUVE-Handbook 2020/2021 ranks Dr. Torsten Gerhard as one of the most frequently recommended lawyers in public sector.

JUVE-Handbook 2020/2021

The Legal 500 Germany 2016 ranks Dr. Torsten Gerhard as one of the lawyers recommended by clients in Public Law.

Legal 500 Germany 2016


14. February 2024

Legal 500 Germany 2024: OPPENLÄNDER is listed as TOP TIER LAW FIRM

We are delighted that OPPENLÄNDER has once again been recognised by The Legal 500 Germany 2024 and ranked as a TOP TIER LAW FIRM in two practice areas.

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04. August 2023

Constitutionality of the Separation Principle in Gambling Law Confirmed

Constitutional complaints of betting brokers successfully rejected: separation requirement under Gambling Law compatible with the State Constitution. In the constitutional complaint proceedings for the State of Baden-Württemberg, OPPENLÄNDER has in each case commented on the compatibility of the separation requirement with the requirements of the Basic Law and the State Constitution.

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  • Specialist lawyer for administrative law

  • Admitted as lawyer since

  • Doctorate

  • Academic assistant at the University of Mannheim

    2005 – 2008
  • Legal traineeship in Speyer, Melbourne and Brussels

    2003 – 2005
  • Studies in Mannheim

    1998 – 2003