The 2022 Best Lawyers edition awards Dr. Andreas Splittgerber, a partner in the Munich office focusing on technology, Lawyer of the Year honors (a distinction bestowed on only one lawyer per practice per jurisdiction). It also names four associates in the firm’s Germany offices as Ones To Watch.

Several lawyers earned credit in more than one Best Lawyers practice category. Leading private equity lawyer Justus Binder achieved recognition in four areas. Thomas Fischl, Andreas Splittgerber, and Christian Thomas Stempfle were recognized in three categories; Francis Bellen, Octávio De Sousa, Rolf Hünermann, and Alexander Klett were listed in two categories.

Here is the complete list of spotlighted Reed Smith lawyers, along with their practice areas.


  • Francis Bellen - Arbitration and Mediation, Litigation
  • Martin Bünning - Tax Law
  • Octávio De Sousa, Corporate Law and Private Equity Law
  • Dirk-Peter Flor, Banking and Finance Law
  • Anette Gärtner, Intellectual Property Law
  • Simon Grieser, Banking and Finance Law
  • Rolf Hünermann, Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice and Litigation
  • Volker Kammel, Financial Institutions


  • Daja Apetz-Dreier, Litigation
  • Justus Binder, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Private Equity Law, and Venture Capital Law
  • Constantin Conrads, Corporate Law
  • Thomas Fischl, Information Technology Law, Media Law, and Technology Law
  • Alexander R. Klett, Intellectual Property Law and Media Law
  • René Lochmann, Banking and Finance Law
  • Oliver Rathje, Arbitration and Mediation
  • Andreas Splittgerber, Data Security and Privacy Law, Information Technology Law, and Technology Law
  • Christian Thomas Stempfle, International Arbitration, Product Liability Litigation, and Transportation Law
  • Philipp Süss, Information Technology Law
  • Jan Weißgerber, Labor and Employment Law
  • Michaela Westrup, Competition / Antitrust Law

Instituted just this year by Best Lawyers, Ones To Watch awards are given to outstanding attorneys who are earlier in their careers. One lawyer, Maria Ottermann, was listed for two practice areas. The Ones To Watch recipients are:

  • Iris Kruse, Arbitration and Mediation
  • Carina Park, Real Estate Law
  • Christoph Mikyska, Intellectual Property Law
  • Maria Ottermann, Arbitration and Mediation and Litigation