Dr. Sabrina Desens

Dr. Sabrina Desens

Dr. Sabrina Desens


T +49 341 5299 24850

Fachanwältin für Verwaltungsrecht
Settori economici Real Estate & Infrastructure , Energy

Areas of practice

Sabrina Desens advises both the public sector and industrial enterprises on all matters pertaining to public law, in particular, environmental and fiscal law.

She especially focuses on the area of wastewater and advises the operators of industrial and municipal sewage and wastewater treatment plants and also industrial enterprises on all location-related questions of law, including fiscal issues. Her in-depth knowledge of the industry and excellent network of contacts regularly allow her to find good and sustainable solutions for her clients.

Her legal advisory services further include assisting with approval procedures under building and immission control law for industrial plants and power stations. In addition, she supports international chemicals producers when it comes to setting up locations in Germany, including advising them on related public-law issues (licensing, subsidies, etc.) and helping them deal with public authorities.

Sabrina Desens is experienced in litigating before administrative courts. She is an author and lecturer on topics related to water and fiscal law, amongst other things. In The Legal 500 (2020), she has been mentioned as a “Rising Star” in the category of environmental and planning law.


After spending a year in the USA, Sabrina Desens studied law in Münster (Germany) and subsequently went on to obtain her doctorate from the University of Münster. She then carried out her legal training, which included training periods at the Federal Ministry for the Environment in Berlin (Germany) and at an international business law firm in Dusseldorf (Germany). From 2009 on, she was head of the Freiherr-vom-Stein Institute, the academic research centre of the Association of North-Rhine Westphalian Districts (Landkreistag NRW), and continued to hold a teaching position at the University of Münster until 2015. Sabrina Desens has worked as a lawyer in Leipzig (Germany) since 2012; she joined Luther in November 2014.

Honors and distinctions
  • The Legal 500 (2020): "Rising Stars" awarded in Public Law - Environmental and Planning Law
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