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* 16.03.1955  
1975 - 1979 Study of law, University of Cologne
1980 - 1982 Internship for preperation of second state exam, work as tutor at University of Cologne Faculty of Law
1983 Admitted as attorney
1983/1984 Postgraduate study of law at University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia/USA
Master of Laws
1986 Doctorate awarded by University of Cologne Faculty of Law
1992 Admitted as specialist in labor law
since 1983 Practice as attorney in Cologne,
with law firm of Wirtz & Kraneis, promotion to partner in 1988
1997 Establishment of Saathoff & Kramer


Dr. Saathoff works for medium-sized, mostly family-owned, companies with a certain emphasis in the commercial areas of the food industry, the chemical industry and international trade. With regard to the substance of work his focus is on the preparation and the enforcement of dismissals and in negotiations and agreements with works councils and trade unions. He drafts contracts for senior management and prepares and advises in matters of change management with respect to labor law issues. Beyond the area of labor law he acts as general counsel for small and medium-sized companies in matters as distribution agreements, project agreements and cooperations.

Dr. Saathoff represents employees in particular in defending them against dismissals. A substantial part of his employee-clients are pilots of commercial airlines. Another focus is on employees from the insurance and trade business. He advises members of senior management in English language regarding all matters of their employment contracts.

Dr. Saathoff comments on actual labor law issues in tv ("steuern und recht") in n-tv.

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