Dr Michael Rath

Dr Michael Rath

Dr Michael Rath


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Certified Specialist in IT law
Certified ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor
Industries Information Tech & Telecommunications

Areas of practice

Dr Michael Rath is a German lawyer, a certified specialist in information technology law and coordinates the Information Tech & Telecommunications sector at Luther. He is also a Certified ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor.

The focus of his advisory services is on IT law, data protection law and the protection of intellectual property. Dr Michael Rath also advises on telecommunications law, assists with tenders and IT outsourcing / regulated outsourcing and the implementation of (IT) compliance requirements. He frequently holds seminars on these topics and publishes articles on current IT and data protection law issues.


Dr Michael Rath studied law at the University of Saarbrücken and in Cologne (Germany), working as a research assistant at both universities. While working full time, he completed his doctorate with an emphasis on Internet search engines at the University of Würzburg. He joined Luther’s predecessor firm in 1999 and has remained with the firm since.

Honors and distinctions
  • Best Lawyers (2022): Awarded as "Lawyer of the Year" in "Information Technology Law" and awarded in "Data Security and Privacy Law"
  • Chambers Europe (2021): Ranking in "TMT: Information Technology" ("He is a very hard-working lawyer.")
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2021): "Leading Names" award in IT transactions and outsourcing, nomination in data protection, information technology and digitalisation
  • Who's Who Legal (2021): Recommended as Global Leader in "Data - Information Technology 2021"
  • kanzleimonitor.de (2020/2021): Recommendation in "IT law"
  • JUVE Guide (2020/2021): Mentioned under frequently recommended in "Technology and Media - Data Protection, Information Technology" ("pragmatic and business-oriented", client; "good at the interface to the classical media"). IT law", "very thorough and busy", "experienced and well networked", competitor)
  • WirtschaftsWoche (2019 and 2020): Awarded as "TOP Anwalt" for Data Protection Law

Blog posts

  • Member of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recht und Informatik e.V. " (DGRI) 
  • Board member of the Arbeitskreis EDV und Recht 
  • Accredited conciliator for IT disputes at the conciliation board of the DGRI