Volker Steimle

Volker Steimle

Volker Steimle


T +49 221 9937 24820

Settori economici Mobility & Logistics , Automotive , Rail

Areas of practice

Volker Steimle specializes in all matters concerning national and international distribution and sourcing of goods, product liability and product safety. He has special focus on all matters concerning supply or distribution contracts, including all sorts of purchasing contracts and ancillary agreements, such as quality assurance agreements, logistics contracts etc. His clients range from medium-sized to large companies from different industries, including automotive products, industrial or consumer products. A large part of his work is cross-border transactions or disputes. Together with his team his work comprises both contract drafting and negotiation as well as dispute resolution in state courts as well as national or international arbitration proceedings. Volker Steimle is a member of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS).


Volker Steimle studied law at the University of Tübingen, Germany. After completing his traineeship in Ulm, Speyer and Hamburg, he was admitted to the Bar at the District Court of Cologne in 1995 and was later admitted to the Court of Appeals of Cologne in 2002. Volker Steimle was seconded to Arthur Andersen & Assoc., Johannesburg, RSA, in 1998. He joined Luther (or its respective predecessor) in 1995. 

Honors and distinctions
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2020): Mentioned in Commercial and Distribution Law - Distribution/Trading/Logistics
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2020): Mentioned in Dispute Resolution - Product Liability
  • JUVE Guide (2019/2020): Mentioned under frequently recommended in "Distribution Systems"
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2019): Listed in "Streitbeilegung - Produkthaftung" (Dispute Resolution - Product Liability)
  • JUVE Guide (2018/2019): Mention under frequently recommended in the category "distribution systems"
  • The Legal 500 (2018): Recommendation in the category "Commercial and distribution law"
  • The Legal 500 (2018): Recommendation in the category "Product liability"
  • The Legal 500 (2018): Recommendation under the heading "Dispute resolution - Arbitration" (including international arbitration)
  • The Legal 500 (2018): Recommendation in the category "Commercial and distribution law"
  • The Legal 500 (2018): Recommendation in the category "Dispute Resolution - Arbitration" (including international arbitration and product liability)
  • The Legal 500 (2017): Germany: Listed in "Commercial litigation" and "Commercial and distribution law"
  • The Legal 500 (2016): Germany: Listed in "Commercial litigation"

  • Worldwide manufacturer of tractors and agricultural machinery: legal advice in all legal issues in (cross-border) supply and distribution relations, product liability and product safety
  • Major German supplier (Tier 1) of vehicle electronics:  assistance in establishing a worldwide contract system for the purchasing of parts in over 40 countries
  • Internationally active supplier (Tier 1) of freight vehicle brake systems: handling of cross-border product recall and damage proceedings
  • Conglomerate, active worldwide in metal processing: advice on major event of damage in the utility industry, product recalls, defence against damages, insurance claims and damage proceedings.
  • Market leader in electronics/electricity transfer: conduct of successful international arbitration proceedings simultaneously in Germany and China against an Asian distribution partner.
  • Internationally active manufacturer of synthetic products for the construction industry: establishment of a worldwide distribution and licensing system