Famous German Lawyers & Judges

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 1 Max Weber

Max Weber
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: April 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Erfurt, Germany
Died: June 14, 1920

Max Weber was a German historian, political economist, jurist, and sociologist. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and important theorists, Weber's ideas had a profound influence on social research and social theory. Although he did not see himself as a sociologist, Weber is often counted among the fathers of sociology alongside Émile Durkheim, Auguste Comte, and Karl Marx.

 2 Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Frank-Walter Steinmeier
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detmold, Germany

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the current president of Germany, has also been his nation’s Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs. A Social Democratic Party of Germany member, he went from being a factory worker’s son to studying law and politics and then eventually stepping into politics. He has also worked for the German military.

 3 Carl Schmitt

Carl Schmitt
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Famous As: Jurist, Political theorist
Birthdate: July 11, 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plettenberg, Germany
Died: April 7, 1985
Known for works such as Constitutional Theory and Political Theology, Nazi political theorist and academic Carl Schmitt explored liberalism and the Weimar Republic. He was banned from teaching by the Allied powers after World War II but continued producing works such as Ex Captivitate Salus.
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 4 Kurt Georg Kiesinger

Kurt Georg Kiesinger
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Judge
Birthdate: April 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ebingen
Died: March 9, 1988

Kurt Georg Kiesinger was a German politician. Nicknamed Silver Tongue, Kiesinger is best remembered for his outstanding skills as a mediator and orator. While serving as Baden-Württemberg's Minister President, Kiesinger founded the universities of Ulm and Konstanz. He is also credited with writing several books and poetry.

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 5 Gerhard Schröder

Gerhard Schröder
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blomberg, Free State of Lippe, Nazi Germany

Gerhard Schröder is a German retired lawyer, politician, lobbyist, and consultant. From 1998 to 2005, Schröder served as the chancellor of Germany. He is currently serving as chairman of the popular energy company Rosneft. An influential figure, Gerhard Schröder has represented Germany on a couple of occasions, including the funeral services for Fidel Castro and Boris Yeltsin. 

 6 Roland Freisler

Roland Freisler
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: October 30, 1893
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Celle, Germany
Died: February 3, 1945

Roland Freisler was a German Nazi judge, jurist, and politician. From 1942 to 1945, he served as the president of the People's Court. As a jurist, Freisler had a major influence on the Nazification of Germany's legal system. He also played an influential role in the Wannsee Conference, which brought about the Holocaust.

 7 Jacob Grimm

Jacob Grimm
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: January 4, 1785
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hanau, Germany
Died: September 20, 1863

Part of the legendary folklorist duo known as the Brothers Grimm, Jacob Grimm gave to the world Grimm’s Fairy Tales, along with his younger brother, Wilhelm Grimm. The son of a lawyer, he, too, had initially studied law. He also contributed immensely to Germanic linguistics, with his Grimm's law.

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 8 Thomas Bach

Thomas Bach
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: December 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany

 9 Karl Liebknecht

Karl Liebknecht
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 13, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: January 15, 1919

German socialist radical Karl Liebknecht is best remembered for co-founding the Spartacus League, an underground group that was declared illegal but later led to the formation of the Communist Party of Germany. He was shot to death on the orders of German commander Waldemar Pabst in the 1919 Spartacus Revolt.

 10 Hans Morgenthau

Hans Morgenthau
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Famous As: Judge, Political scientist, Writer, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: February 17, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coburg
Died: July 19, 1980

German-born American political scientist and historian Hans Morgenthau, a leading twentieth-century figure in the study of international relations, is noted for his contributions in international relations theory and the study of international law. His book Politics Among Nations introduced the concept of political realism that played an instrumental role in the foreign policy of the US.

 11 Richard von Weizsaecker

Richard von Weizsaecker
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 15, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Free People's State of Württemberg, Weimar Republic
Died: January 31, 2015

 12 Guido Westerwelle

Guido Westerwelle
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Famous As: Jurist, Politician, Lawyer, Writer
Birthdate: December 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bad Honnef
Died: March 18, 2016

 13 Wilhelm Stuckart

Wilhelm Stuckart
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Famous As: Lawyer, Judge, Politician, Jurist
Birthdate: November 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wiesbaden
Died: November 15, 1953

 14 Christian Wulff

Christian Wulff
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Osnabrück, Germany

Christian Wulff is a German retired lawyer and politician. After serving as Minister-President of Lower Saxony from 2003 to 2010, Wulff went on to serve as President of Germany. During his presidency, which lasted from 2010 to 2012, Wulff faced accusations of corruption pertaining to his former service as minister-president. The accusations, which were later invalidated, led to his resignation.

 15 Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger

Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger
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Famous As: Lawyer, Businessman
Birthdate: February 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Munich, West Germany

 16 Ferdinand Lassalle

Ferdinand Lassalle
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Economist, Lawyer, Philosopher
Birthdate: April 11, 1825
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wrocław
Died: August 31, 1864

Enamoured by the ideas of French and German philosophers, Ferdinand Lassalle initially aspired to be a lecturer. He later joined the socialist cause and spearheaded Germany’s social democratic movement. He also introduced terms such as the iron law of wages and concepts such as Lassallism, or achieving socialist ideals through the state.

 17 Friedrich Merz

Friedrich Merz
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brilon, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

 18 Horst Mahler

Horst Mahler
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Famous As: Opinion journalist, Political activist, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chojnów

 19 Hans-Dietrich Genscher

Hans-Dietrich Genscher
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Assessor, University teacher, Non-fiction writer, Military personnel
Birthdate: March 21, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Halle
Died: March 31, 2016

 20 Gustav Ritter von Kahr

Gustav Ritter von Kahr
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 29, 1862
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Weissenburg, Germany
Died: June 30, 1934

 21 Fabian von Schlabrendorff

Fabian von Schlabrendorff
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: July 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halle (Saale), Germany
Died: September 3, 1980

 22 Roman Herzog

Roman Herzog
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Landshut, Germany
Died: January 10, 2017

A doctorate in law, Roman Herzog had initially been a teaching assistant and then a political science professor. Stepping into politics later, he was elected as the first German president following the reunification of Germany. Apart from an honorary knighthood, he also won the Charlemagne Prize.

 23 Otto Rasch

Otto Rasch
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: December 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Friedrichsruh
Died: November 1, 1948

 24 Georg Konrad Morgen

Georg Konrad Morgen
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Famous As: Judge, Jurist
Birthdate: June 8, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: February 4, 1982

 25 Gregor Gysi

Gregor Gysi
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Famous As: Member of the Bundestag
Birthdate: January 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 26 Konrad Henlein

Konrad Henlein
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Q23017329
Birthdate: May 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vratislavice nad Nisou
Died: May 10, 1945

 27 Wilhelm Marx

Wilhelm Marx
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Famous As: Politician, Judge
Birthdate: January 15, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cologne
Died: August 5, 1946

Roman Catholic Centre Party leader and two-time German chancellor Wilhelm Marx was a jurist and the founder of the Catholic Schools Organization. Best known for accepting the Dawes Plan for World War I reparations, he was charged with the Volksvereinsprozeß during the Nazi regime.

 28 Gerhard Klopfer

Gerhard Klopfer
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Famous As: Judge, Politician, Jurist, Lawyer
Birthdate: February 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Schreibersdorf
Died: January 29, 1987

 29 Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: August 28, 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aurich, Germany
Died: July 14, 1895

 30 Gustav Heinemann

Gustav Heinemann
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 23, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schwelm, German
Died: July 7, 1976

Gustav Heinemann was the first Social Democrat to serve as the head of state in West Germany following World War II. Known widely as the ordinary man's President, he was knighted, too.  A lecturer of law, too, his reluctance to support the Nazis probably ended his teaching career.

 31 Bernhard Schlink

Bernhard Schlink
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Großdornberg, Germany

 32 Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg

Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
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Famous As: Advocate, Resistance fighter
Birthdate: March 15, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empire
Died: August 10, 1944

 33 Ferdinand von Bismarck

Ferdinand von Bismarck
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: July 23, 2019

 34 Wolfgang Vogel

Wolfgang Vogel
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Famous As: Jurist, University teacher, Lawyer
Birthdate: October 30, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bolesławów, Lower Silesian Voivodeship
Died: August 21, 2008

 35 Hans Lammers

Hans Lammers
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Famous As: Judge, Politician, Jurist
Birthdate: May 27, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lubliniec
Died: January 4, 1962

 36 Ferdinand von Schirach

Ferdinand von Schirach
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

 37 Franz Walter Stahlecker

Franz Walter Stahlecker
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Famous As: Jurist, Lawyer
Birthdate: October 10, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sternenfels
Died: March 23, 1942

 38 Albert Battel

Albert Battel
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 21, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prężynka, Poland
Died: 1952 AD

 39 Heinz Jost

Heinz Jost
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: July 9, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Homberg (Efze)
Died: November 12, 1964

 40 Henriette Reker

Henriette Reker
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: December 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

 41 Daniel Paul Schreber

Daniel Paul Schreber
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Famous As: Judge, Writer, Autobiographer
Birthdate: July 25, 1842
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leipzig
Died: April 14, 1911

 42 Rudolf Brandt

Rudolf Brandt
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: June 2, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany
Died: June 2, 1948

 43 Friedrich Carl von Savigny

Friedrich Carl von Savigny
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: February 21, 1779
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: October 25, 1861

 44 Hans Luther

Hans Luther
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 10, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 11, 1962

 45 Alexander Kluge

Alexander Kluge
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, Lawyer, Film editor, Poet lawyer
Birthdate: February 14, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Halberstadt

 46 Elke Budenbender

Elke Budenbender
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: January 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Weidenau, West Germany

 47 Rudolf von Jhering

Rudolf von Jhering
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: August 22, 1818
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Aurich, Germany
Died: September 17, 1892

 48 Theodor Storm

Theodor Storm
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 14, 1817
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Husum, Germany
Died: July 4, 1888

 49 Günther Oettinger

Günther Oettinger
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Famous As: Politician, Jurist, Lawyer, Judge
Birthdate: October 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stuttgart

 50 Francis Daniel Pastorius

Francis Daniel Pastorius
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: September 26, 1651
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sommerhausen, Germany
Died: 1720 AD