Dr Stefan Altenschmidt’s specialist areas are environmental, planning and regulatory law. He advises companies and trade associations, in particular, on environmental law, climate protection and emissions trading law as well as planning law. He represents his clients at national administrative and constitutional courts and at the European Court of Justice. Dr Stefan Altenschmidt regularly holds seminars and publishes articles relating to environmental and energy law, including as co-author of the commentaries on the German Renewable Energy Act, the Water Resources Act and the Federal Immission Control Act from the Berlin Commentaries series and the Emissions Trading Practice Manual and as co-editor of the Green Building Practice Manual.
Dr Stefan Altenschmidt studied law and social science at the Ruhr Universität in Bochum, Germany, where in 2001 he was awarded a doctorate for his thesis on issues concerning the Regional Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2002, he completed a four month traineeship in the legal department of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. In 2006, he received his LL.M. in environmental, planning and regulatory law from Nottingham Law School, England. From 2003 to 2011, he worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, most recently as “Counsel” for environmental and planning law. In 2008, he was seconded for four months to the London office of Freshfields. Dr Stefan Altenschmidt has been a partner in Luther’s Düsseldorf office since May 2011 and is responsible for the practice area Environment, Planning, Regulatory (EPR).