Prof. Dr Robert von Steinau-Steinrück

Prof. Dr Robert von Steinau-Steinrück

Prof. Dr Robert von Steinau-Steinrück


T +49 30 52133 21142

Certified Specialist in Employment Law
Industries Mobility & Logistics , Automotive

Areas of practice

Prof. Dr Robert von Steinau-Steinrück is an employment lawyer. He advises companies on all matters pertaining to individual and collective employment law.

His main focuses are

  • works constitution law, staff representation law and collective bargaining law;
  • restructuring, staff cuts, layoffs;
  • business transfers and employment law in transactions;
  • co-determination and compliance as well as industrial action issues;
  • representation and consulting of executives.

Prof. Dr Robert von Steinau-Steinrück studied law in Passau and Bonn (Germany). While carrying out his legal training in Berlin, which included secondments in Palermo (Italy) and Dublin (Ireland), he received his doctorate in employment law. After completing his second state exam, he initially worked as a foreign associate in New York (USA). He started working as a lawyer for Luther in 1997. In 1998 he joined Gleiss Lutz, returning to Luther in 2003, where he has worked since. Prof. Dr Robert von Steinau-Steinrück is a visiting professor at the University of Potsdam (Germany).

Honors and distinctions
  • Chambers Europe 2023: Ranking in "Employment" (Band 5), (first ranking in 2017, "Robert von Steinau-Steinrück is a very present lawyer with brilliant collective labour law knowledge.")
  • JUVE Guide 2023/2024: Award "Leading Advisor" (first award in 2017/2018) and listed under "Frequently Recommended" (first listed in 2010/2011) in "Labour Law" ("very experienced and level-headed", competitor)
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2023: Recommended in "City Focus Berlin" and listed in "Labour Law" (first listed in 2009, "knowledgeable"; "reliable"; "The 'savvy ' Robert von Steinau-Steinrück is appreciated for his 'social competence '")
  • Who’s Who Legal 2024: Recommendation "National Leader" in "Germany – Labour & Employment Law" (first recommendation in 2018, WWL says: "Luther’s Robert von Steinau-Steinrück is 'an extremely good employment lawyer' whose practice is geared towards collective bargaining, restructuring issues and labour law transactions.")
  • Who’s Who Legal 2023: Award “Thought Leader” and recommendation “Global Leader” in “Labour & Employment Law” (first recommendation in 2020, "Robert von Steinau-Steinrück excels at advising domestic and international clients on collective bargaining issues, reorganisations, business transfers and corporate transactions.")
  • 2023/2024: Award "Top 100 Lawyer" and recommended in "Labour Law" (first recommended in 2019/2020)
  • Best Lawyers 2024: Recommended in "Labor and Employment Law" (first recommendation in 2009) and "Employee Benefits Law" 
  • Best Lawyers 2018 & 2012: Award "Lawyer of the Year" in "Labour and Employment Law" 
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2023: Recommendation "Top Lawyer" in "Labour Law" (first recommendation in 2012)
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2015: Recommendation "Top Lawyer" in "Compliance" (first recommendation in 2012, "one of the best compliance consultants in Germany")
  • Expert Guides 2021: Recommended in "Labour & Employment" (first recommended in 2018)

  • Advising on numerous projects relating to industrial action (e.g. Charité, Deutsche Bahn AG)
  • Advising on collective law issues and providing representation (German Works Constitution Act (e.g. ArcelorMittal SSC Deutschland GmbH, Beiersdorf AG))
  • Advising on various restructuring projects (e.g. Deutsche Bahn AG, Bertelsmann, Leonardo Hotels)
  • Providing representation at court both for and against executives
  • Advising on a complex transfer of business (Immofinanz AG)
  • Landmark proceedings at the German Federal Labour Court regarding collective employment law, in particular industrial action and the law (“flash mobs”)


Blog posts

  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Arbeitsrecht im Deutschen Anwaltsverein
  • EELA
  • Deutscher Arbeitsgerichtsverband