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Lawyer | Partner

Dr. Moritz Meister

Dr. Moritz Meister represents clients in litigation in state courts and arbitration proceedings. German business newspaper WirtschaftsWoche has ranked Dr. Moritz Meister as a top lawyer for litigation. German businesss newspaper Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers lists him as one of the best lawyers for dispute resolution.

One of his main areas of practice is advising on civil law disputes with tax law implications, such as liability issues in connection with the activities of tax advisors and auditors or Cum/Cum and Cum/Ex structures. He also advises on banking and financial disputes, in particular in connection with complex financial products. Additionally, his practice includes post-M&A disputes, corporate law disputes and disputes with criminal law implications. These are often complex proceedings with cross-border aspects.

Dr. Moritz Meister’s clients include German and international large and medium-sized companies, institutional investors such as hedge funds as well as entrepreneurs and shareholders.


"Finds the right arguments, strong in court."
(Legal500 EMEA 2024)

  • Since 2022 Partner at Wendelstein
  • 2020 to 2021 Counsel at Wendelstein
  • Since 2013 to 2020 Associate and Senior Associate at Wendelstein
  • 2011 to 2013 legal clerkship at the Hamburg Higher Regional Court 
  • 2011 University of Bristol, scholar of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • 2009 to 2011 University of Hamburg (Dr. iur.), scholar of the State Graduate Sponsorship Program
  • 2006 to 2009 University of Hamburg
  • 2003 to 2006 Universität of Bayreuth (Supplementary Degree in Business and Economics)
  • Das System des Freiheitsschutzes im Grundgesetz, Schriften zum Öffentlichen Recht vol 1198, Duncker & Humblot, 2011
  • Proportionality: A Benefit to Human Rights? Remarks on the Icon controversy, International Journal of Constitutional Law 10 (2012), 687-708 (with Prof. Dr. Matthias Klatt)
  • The Constitutional Structure of Proportionality, Oxford University Press, 2012 (with Prof. Dr. Matthias Klatt); Translation into Spanish: Klatt, M y Meister, M, La estructura constitucional del principio de proporcionalidad, Marcial Pons, 2021 (translated by Héctor A. Morales Zúñiga)
  • Verhältnismäßigkeit als universelles Verfassungsprinzip, Der Staat 51 (2012), 159-188 (with Prof. Dr. Matthias Klatt); Translation into Portuguese: A proporcionalidade como princípio constitucional universal: Tradução de Philippe Seyfarth de Souza Porto, Revista Publicum 1 (2015), 30-70; Translation into Estonian: Proportsionaalsus kui universaalne põhiseaduslik printsiip, in Madis Ernits; Marju Luts-Sootak, Uno Lõhmus, Lauri Mälksoo (eds.), Riigiõiguse aastaraamat 2020 (Eesti Teaduste Akadeemia riigiõiguse sihtkapital 2020), 118–135 (translated by Kaire Kliimask and Madis Ernits); Special Edition for the Bolivian Constitutional Court: La Proporcionalidad Como Principio Constitucional Universal: Edición y publicación institucional Tribunal Constitucional Plurinacional De Bolivia, Sucre 2019 (translated by Rubén Sánchez Gil)
  • Verhältnismäßigkeit als universelles Verfassungsprinzip, in: Klatt (ed.), Prinzipientheorie und Theorie der Abwägung, Mohr Siebeck, 2013, 62-104 (with Prof. Dr. Matthias Klatt); Translation into Spanish (published as a monograph): La Proporcionalidad como Principo Constitucional Universal, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2017
  • Der Grundsatz der Verhältnismäßigkeit. Ein Strukturelement des globalen Konstitutionalismus, JuS 2014, 193-200 (with Prof. Dr. Matthias Klatt); Translation into Portuguese: A Máxima da Proporcionalidade: Um elemento estrutural do constitucionalismo global, Observatório da Jurisdição Constitucional 7 (2014), 23-41