About me

Prof. Dr. Anja Mengel LL.M. (Columbia/NYC)

I have been practicing law for more than 24 years and specialize in advising companies on all aspects of employment law, including social security law and compliance. I passed both state law examinations “with distinction” and received my doctorate (Ph.D.) in 1995 with the grade “summa cum laude”. In 1995/96, I obtained a master’s degree (LL.M.) at Columbia University School of Law, New York City. I was admitted to the bar in March 1999 (Rechtsanwältin) and was certified as an Attorney specialised in employment and labor law (Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht) in 2002, after the minimum qualification period; for more tan a decade I gained top-level practical experience in international commercial law firms before continuing my advisory work and career as an equity partner in smaller, more specialized employment law firms from 2011 onwards. Since January 2023, I have been working in a digital solo law firm as sole proprietor, continuing advising and representing clients in court in the fields of employment law, social security law, compliance and executive manager service contract law, but with a considerably more focused, autonomous and flexible set up.

I take on mandates for all over Germany from domestic and foreign companies and institutions.

I also have a proven track record of more than two decades with numerous professional publications and lectures as well as various honorary positions in professional committees on employment and labor law. In particular, I have also been active as an adjunct lecturer for employment and labor law courses at the Bucerius Law School of the ZEIT Foundation, Hamburg, since 2000, and as an honorary professor of this very renowned private law school since 2017.

Since 2004, my work has been consistently and prominently recognized in many national and international attorney rankings as a leading employer-side attorney in Germany (Top 10, Top 25).


  • Internship Deutsche Bank AG Hamburg 1990
  • Internship Federal Office of Administration Department of Citizenship Law Cologne 1990
  • Research Assistant Research Institute for Social Law Prof. Dr. Dres. h. c. Peter Hanau University of Cologne 1991-1993
  • Seminar “German and International Employment Law – The Codification of Employment Relationship Law” (“General Public Employment Law”) Prof. Dr. Dres. h. c. Peter Hanau University of Cologne 1991
  • Lectureship Assistante de Droit “Droit Allemande” Université d’ Auvergne 1991-1992
  • Internship at the law firm of Frere Cholmeley Paris 1992
  • Seminar “European Law” (“The Legal Status of the Lawyer in France”) Prof. Dr. Martin Henssler University of Cologne 1992
  • Internship at the law firm Boden Oppenhoff Rasor Raue Cologne 1992
  • Internship Law Firm Robert Ellis Columbus Ohio USA 1992
  • Foreign Summer Associate Law Firm Sherman & Sterling New York City USA 1996.
  • Doctoral studies Prof. Dr. Dres. h. c. Peter Hanau University of Cologne 1994-1996.

Doctoral studies

  • Prof. Dr. Dres. h. c. Peter Hanau University of Cologne 1994-1996
  • Research Assistant Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Law University of Cologne 1994
  • Research assistant Gesellschaft für Arbeitsrecht, gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Managementschulung (GESA) Prof. Dr. Björn Gaul Cologne 1994-1995
  • Examination Doctorate (Ph.D. Exam) University of Cologne January 1996 (summa cum laude)
  • Master Program Columbia University School of Law NYC 1995-1996 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar).

Training and Professional Clerkship: Mandatory and elective stations 1996-1998

  • Local Court Berlin Charlottenburg
  • Public Prosecutor’s Office Berlin
  • Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation / National Museums in Berlin
  • Administrative Court
  • Law firm Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber

Legal clerkship: Elective stations 1998

  • Supreme Court of Israel Jerusalem
  • Berlin Labor Court (Dr. Martin Fenski, President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Labor Court since 2022)
  • Research Assistant Law Firm Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber 1997
  • Research Assistant Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Law Humboldt University Berlin Prof. Dr. Christine Windbichler 1997-1998.