Dr. Michael Rath

Dr. Michael Rath

Dr. Michael Rath


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Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E)
Fachanwalt für IT-Recht
Certified ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor
Settori economici Information Tech & Telecommunications

Areas of practice

Michael Rath is a German lawyer, a certified specialist in information technology law and 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 2024: Ranking in "TMT: Information Technology" (Band 4, first ranking in 2012, "He is expert in IT law, has great soft skills and is a very good negotiator.", "Michael Rath is a great lawyer with a good instinct for clients' needs.")
  • JUVE Guide 2023/2024: Listed under "Frequently Recommended" in "IT-Law and Data Protection" ("outstanding IT and data protection lawyer; very experienced", "advises at the highest top level, always publishes and advises on the latest IT topics", competitor)
  • JUVE Guide 2022/2023: Listed under "Frequently Recommended" in "Technology and Media - Data Protection, Information Technology" (first listed in 2012/2013, "brilliant negotiator, super lawyer, great networker", competitor)
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2024: Award "Leading Name" in the category "Information Technology - IT Transactions and Outsourcing" (first award in 2021, first mention in 2016, "Dr. Michael Rath: Pragmatic, professional and comprehensive specialist knowledge. Clients benefits from extensive experience. Always available and responsive."), recommendations in the categories "Data Protection" (first recommendation in 2023, first mention in 2016, "Dr Michael Rath is always available and, in addition to his professional expertise, is characterised by very good empathy.") and "Media - Entertainment" and mentions in the category "Information Technology and Digitalisation" (first mention in 2016, "Pragmatic, professional and comprehensive expertise. Extensive experience benefits the client. Always available and responsive.") and in "City Focus - Cologne" (first recommendation in 2023)
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2023: Mention in the "Telecommunications" category ("Dr Michael Rath is one of the telecommunications experts on the German market.")
  • Who’s Who Legal 2024: Recommendation “Global Leader” in “Data – Information Technology” (first recommendation in 2021) as well as Recommendartion "National Leader" in "Germany – Data" (first recommendation in 2022)
  • kanzleimonitor.de 2022/2023: Recommended in "IT-Law" (first recommended in 2016/2017)
  • Best Lawyers 2025: Recommended in "Information Technology Law" (first recommended in 2016), "Data Security Law" (first recommended in 2022) and "Outsourcing"
  • Best Lawyers 2022: Award "Lawyer of the Year" in "Information Technology Law"
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2024: Recommendation "Top Lawyer" in "Data Protection Law" (first recommendation in 2019)