Dr. Bernhard Trappehl

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern


Dr. Bernhard Trappehl chairs the EMEA Employment Practice Group and manages relationships with several of the Firm’s largest clients. He served as managing partner of the Firm’s German/Austrian offices between 2007 and 2012. He frequently speaks at seminars and provides in-house trainings on a wide range of employment matters, and regularly contributes to publications, books, newspapers and law journals.

Practice Focus

Dr. Trappehl provides strategic corporate and comprehensive employment law advice to domestic and multinational clients. His focus is on pre- and post-merger corporate restructurings, collective dismissals as well as negotiations with works councils — national and European — and unions. He also counsels on outsourcing projects, service and work contracts for and separation from senior management employees. Dr. Trappehl also advises on pension and benefit schemes, email monitoring, data privacy and compliance investigations.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising large multinational and domestic clients i.e. Fortune 500 and DAX 30 companies particularly in the automotive, IT and pharmaceuticals & healthcare industry.

Professional Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in Germany 2022 edition for Employee Benefits Law, Labor and Employment Law since 2009
  • Lawyer of the Year for Employee Benefits Law, Fifth Annual Global Business Edition, The Best Lawyers 2021

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Employment Law Specialists Forum
  • Munich Bar Association
  • German Lawyer's Association (DAV)


  • Madrid~Spain (2002)
  • Germany (1996)


  • University of Berlin (Dr. jur.) (1996)
  • University of Munich (Assessor Exam) (1992)
  • University of Munich (Referendar Exam) (1989)
  • Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Attorney Specializing in Labor and Employment Law)
  • University of Lausanne
  • University of Hamburg


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Previous Offices

  • Frankfurt
  • London