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Dr. Lena M. Kern

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern


Dr. Lena Kern is a counsel at Baker McKenzie’s Frankfurt office. She spent her legal traineeship in the jurisdiction of the Higher Regional Court Frankfurt. Lena studied law at Frankfurt University, graduating in 2008, and completed her law doctorate at the University of Mannheim in 2010. She passed the second state exam in 2010. In 2016 she became a specialist in labor law (Fachanwältin fuer Arbeitsrecht). She is a member of the Firm's European and Global Labor Law practice groups.

Practice Focus

Lena advises companies in all labor and employment law related matters, such as preparation and enforcement of the separation from employees, or drafting employment agreements. Further she advises companies in conjunction with mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and works council issues. She also represents companies in labor court proceedings in Germany and in negotiations with works councils. She is a member of the European Employment Group of Baker McKenzie, the Global Consumer Goods & Retail, the Employment & Compensation and the Financial Institutions Industry Groups.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising several international clients on the implementation of the statutory provisions specific to the pandemic.

  • Act as trusted advisor for day to day employment advice for international client in the electronics industry.

  • Advising several clients on the introduction of policies on remote working as a consequence of the pandemic.

  • Advising a telecommunications service provider on questions of health and safety at the workplace.

  • Advising an international commercial property service provider on the implementation of company regulations.

  • Advising a large pharmaceutical firm on the closure of a site.

  • Advising a large fashion retailer in connection with legal questions regarding works council issues.

  • Advising a private equity company on restructuring and personnel reductions after acquisitions in the IT-branch.

  • Advising a pharmaceutical firm on the integration of two business parts after a transfer of business.


  • Germany (2011)


  • Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht (Attorney Specializing in Labor and Employment Law)
  • Landgericht Frankfurt am Main (Second State Exam) (2010)
  • University of Mannheim (Dr. jur.) (2010)
  • University of Frankfurt/M. (First State Exam) (2008)


  • English
  • German


Article on different procedures regarding works council elections "Election Procedures - Works Council Elections 2022" ("Wahlverfahren - Betriebsratswahlen 2022"), October 7, 2021, Baker McKenzie Blog "Kompass"

Co-author (with Lara Link), "Arbeitszeitflexibilisierung in der "Arbeitswelt 4.0"" in "Arbeitswelt 4.0" (Working World 4.0) (2017, S. 81-100), Herausgegeben von Baker McKenzie, Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten, Wirtschaftsprüfern und Steuerberatern mbB (Erich Schmidt Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin 2017)


Speaker "Virtual Breakfast Briefings - labour law remote working" ("Virtuelle Breakfast Briefings - Arbeitsrecht Mobiles Arbeiten"): General and current developments in the pandemic, Frankfurt, 5 October 2021

Speaker, "Expensive Traps in German Labor Law," India meets Frankfurt, Frankfurt Rhein Main GmbH, Frankfurt, 8 June 2017

Speaker, "Germany as a business site," Baker McKenzie Brexit Lunch, Frankfurt Rhein Main GmbH, Frankfurt, 21 November 2016