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

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. Michael Rath is, inter alia, a member of the German Association of Law and Informatics (DGRI) and an accredited conciliator for IT disputes brought before the DGRI conciliation office. He advises national and international companies on IT law, data protection, e-discovery, the award of IT contracts, IT 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. Michael Rath is also the editor and co-author of the book “IT-Compliance: Erfolgreiches Management regulatorischer Anforderungen” (2nd edition 2014), published by Erich Schmidt Verlag. Since 2018, Dr Michael Rath is chairman of the working group EDV und Recht. Dr Rath also advises on the implementation of the EBA Guidelines.


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
  • Chambers Europe (2021): Ranking in "TMT: Information Technology" Band 4 ("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)
  • Best Lawyers (2021): Award in "Information Technology Law"
  • Chambers Europe (2020): Ranking in "TMT: Information Technology" Band 4
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2020): Mentioned in the categories Information Technology - Data Protection, Outsourcing and Information Technology and Digitalisation.
  • Best Lawyers (2020): Award in "Information Technology Law"
  • kanzleimonitor.de (2019/2020): Recommendation in "IT Law" (2nd place)
  • JUVE Guide (2019/2020): Mentioned under frequently recommended in "Data Protection" and "Information Technology"
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2019): Listed in "Information Technology and Outsourcing" (data protection, outsourcing, incl. contracts)
  • JUVE Guide (2018/2019): Mentioned as "frequently recommended lawyer" in the sections "Data Protection", "Information Technology: Contracts/Processes", "Transactions/Outsourcing"
  • kanzleimonitor.de (2018/2019): Mention in "IT Law"
  • JUVE Guide (2016/2017): listed as a frequently recommended lawyer for "Media, technology and communications"; ranking in the category "Führende Namen im Datenschutz".
  • kanzleimonitor.de (since 2016): Listed under IT law
  • Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers - Deutschlands beste Anwälte since 2016: Listed in Information Technology Law
  • Chambers Europe (2016): Listed in the category "TMT: Information Technology"
    Michael Rath is best known for his work in IT, primarily in negotiating and drafting project and outsourcing contracts. Client states: "His pragmatic approach is highly regarded in time-critical projects. He provides flexible support."
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2016): Listed under Information technology: "Michael Rath, who is
    recommended particularly often, is ‘on the spot with his assessments’ and ‘adapts to his clients and the other party in a manner that avoids unnecessary legal disputes.“
  • Chambers Europe (2012-2015): Ranking in the category "Information Technology".
  • JUVE Handbook (2012/2013): listed as a frequently recommended lawyer for "Information technology".

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