Prof Dr Michael Kliemt
Certified Employment Law Specialist

Spedition­straße 21
40221 Dusseldorf
T +49 (0) 211 88288-115
F +49 (0) 211 88288-200
On the evidence of the relevant ranking guides and business publications (JUVE, Legal 500, Chambers, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal etc.), Michael Kliemt is one of the leading employment lawyers in Germany. He advises international and national enterprises on all facets of employment law. He has an enormous wealth of experience in consultancy on restructurings; transformation, outsourcing and integration projects; flexibilisation, simplification and optimisation of employment conditions (above all working hours, remuneration) and the implementation of IT systems. In this work, he undertakes both the strategic conceptual design and also the negotiations with trade unions and works councils on collective agreements (above all company wage agreement, membership without commitment to collective agreement, change in pay rates), reconciliation of interests, social compensation plan, transfer agreements and works agreements, and also the implementation of these measures and conducting proceedings before conciliation bodies. At the same time he regularly accompanies complex compliance and whistleblower cases. A further central interest of Michael Kliemt's is advising board members, directors and supervisory boards on entering into, renewing and terminating service contracts, including all questions of liability of company officers and representative bodies (for example conducting and defending damages proceedings for officers' and directors' liability). He has acted as an arbitrator on a large number of important arbitration proceedings. The JUVE directory has for many years described Michael Kliemt as one of the "leading names in senior executive consultancy".


  • Attorney since 1995, Certified Employment Law Specialist since 1999
  • 2002 Founding partner of KLIEMT.HR Lawyers
  • 1997 Partner with Clifford Chance, one of the largest international law firms. Founded their Düsseldorf office and development and head of the employment-law department
  • Previously partner with Wessing Berenberg-Gossler Zimmermann Lange (today: Taylor Wessing)
  • Honorary professor for employment law, Saarland University, since 2006
  • Doctorate on the topic of formal requirements in employment law 1995 under Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Hanau in Cologne
  • Academic research assistant at the chair of the well-known employment-law specialists Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Hanau in Cologne and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ulrich Preis in Hagen
  • Law studies at Cologne University


  • German
  • English


  • AbA – Arbeits­ge­mein­schaft für betrieb­li­che Alters­ver­sor­gung e.V.
  • Arbeits­ge­mein­schaft Arbeitsrecht im Deutschen Anwalt­ver­ein (DAV)
  • Deutscher Arbeits­ge­richts­ver­band
  • Deutsch-Japanische Gesell­schaft für Arbeitsrecht


  • „Herausragende Anwaltspersönlichkeit ohne Allüren“ (Wett­be­wer­ber)
    (JUVE Handbuch 2016/2017)
  • Empfohlen als einer von „Deutsch­lands besten Anwälten“
    (Han­dels­blatt / Best Lawyers 2017, 2016 und 2015)
  • Besondere Erwähnung als „Experte im Arbeitsrecht“
    (Wirt­schafts­wo­che Kanz­lei­ran­king 2017)
  • „Führender Partner im Arbeitsrecht“, „häufig empfohlen“
    (JUVE Handbuch 2016/2017)
  • Führender Name in der Füh­rungs­kräf­te­be­ra­tung
    (JUVE Handbuch 2016/2017)
  • Führender Name im Arbeitsrecht; „im Markt sehr geschätzt“
    (Legal 500 Deutsch­land 2017)
  • „Outstanding“; „runs a law firm with a national reputation and everyone knows him“, “noted for his expertise in collective labour law”
    (Chambers Global Guide 2017)
  • „Durch­set­zungs­stark“ (Wett­be­wer­ber); „kennt alles und hat enorme Erfahrung“ (Wett­be­wer­ber)
    (JUVE Handbuch 2015/2016)
  • „Sehr fokussiert, hoch pro­fes­sio­nell“ (Wett­be­wer­ber)
    (JUVE Handbuch 2014/2015)