Famous German Lawyers

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Gerhard Schröder
(Politician)
Gerhard Schröder
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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. 

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Carl Schmitt
(German Jurist, Political theorist and Prominent Member of the Nazi Party)
Carl Schmitt
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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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Thomas Bach
(Lawyer)
Thomas Bach
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Birthdate: December 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
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 4 
Guido Westerwelle
(Jurist, Politician, Lawyer, Writer)
Guido Westerwelle
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Birthdate: December 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bad Honnef
Died: March 18, 2016
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Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger
(Lawyer, Businessman)
Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger
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Birthdate: February 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Munich, West Germany
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Friedrich Merz
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Birthdate: November 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brilon, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Horst Mahler
(German Far-Left Political Activist Who Later Turned to Right-Wing Politics)
Horst Mahler
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Birthdate: January 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chojnów

German political activist and a founder-member of the Red Army Faction, Horst Mahler also supported Maoism, before becoming a neo-Nazi lawyer. He later turned to rightist politics and became a prominent Holocaust denier and a National Democratic Party member. He was jailed in 2009 for spreading racial hatred and released in 2020.

 8 
Gustav Ritter von Kahr
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Birthdate: November 29, 1862
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Weissenburg, Germany
Died: June 30, 1934
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Richard von Weizsaecker
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Birthdate: April 15, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Free People's State of Württemberg, Weimar Republic
Died: January 31, 2015
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Ferdinand Lassalle
(Writer, Politician, Economist, Lawyer, Philosopher)
Ferdinand Lassalle
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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.

Fabian von Schlabrendorff
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Birthdate: July 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halle (Saale), Germany
Died: September 3, 1980
 12 
Otto Rasch
(Former Nazi official and Holocaust perpetrator, who commanded Einsatzgruppe C in northern and central Ukraine until October 1941)
Otto Rasch
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Birthdate: December 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Friedrichsruh, Aumühle, Germany
Died: November 1, 1948
 13 
Wilhelm Stuckart
(Lawyer, Judge, Politician, Jurist)
Wilhelm Stuckart
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Birthdate: November 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wiesbaden
Died: November 15, 1953
 14 
Roman Herzog
(President of Germany (1994 - 1999))
Roman Herzog
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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.

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Konrad Henlein
(Politician, Lawyer, Q23017329)
Konrad Henlein
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Birthdate: May 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vratislavice nad Nisou
Died: May 10, 1945
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Gregor Gysi
(Member of the Bundestag)
Gregor Gysi
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Birthdate: January 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
 17 
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
(German Lawyer and Jurist Who is Regarded as a Pioneer of Sexology and the Modern Gay Rights Movement)
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
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Birthdate: August 28, 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aurich, Germany
Died: July 14, 1895
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Bernhard Schlink
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Birthdate: July 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Großdornberg, Germany
Ferdinand von Bismarck
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Birthdate: November 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: July 23, 2019
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Wolfgang Vogel
(Lawyer Who had Brokered Some of the Most Famous Swaps of Spies of Political Prisoners Between the Soviet Bloc & The West)
Wolfgang Vogel
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Birthdate: October 30, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bolesławów, Poland
Died: August 21, 2008
 21 
Geoffrey Elton
(Writer, Historian of the modern age, Historian, University teacher, Lawyer)
Geoffrey Elton
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Birthdate: August 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tübingen
Died: December 3, 1994

Born to Jewish scholars in Germany, Geoffrey Elton later moved with his family, first to Czechoslovakia and then to Britain. He grew up to become a renowned historian who specialized in the Tudor period. He also taught history at Cambridge and penned books such as England Under the Tudors.

 22 
Franz Walter Stahlecker
(Former commander of the SS security forces and the Sicherheitsdienst (SD)) for the Reichskommissariat Ostland in 1941–42)
Franz Walter Stahlecker
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Birthdate: October 10, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sternenfels, Germany
Died: March 23, 1942
 23 
Gerhard Klopfer
(Judge, Politician, Jurist, Lawyer)
Gerhard Klopfer
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Birthdate: February 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Schreibersdorf
Died: January 29, 1987
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Albert Battel
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Birthdate: January 21, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prężynka, Poland
Died: 1952 AD
 25 
Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
(Advocate, Resistance fighter)
Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
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Birthdate: March 15, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empire
Died: August 10, 1944
 26 
Heinz Jost
(Politician, Lawyer)
Heinz Jost
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Birthdate: July 9, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Homberg (Efze)
Died: November 12, 1964
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Henriette Reker
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Birthdate: December 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
 28 
Hans Luther
(Politician)
Hans Luther
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Birthdate: March 10, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 11, 1962
Ferdinand von Schirach
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Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
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Adam von Trott zu Solz
(Lawyer, Diplomat)
Adam von Trott zu Solz
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Birthdate: August 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: August 26, 1944
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Alexander Kluge
(Director, and short story writer who won the Hanns-Joachim-Friedrich Prize for TV Journalism in 2001)
Alexander Kluge
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Birthdate: February 14, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Halberstadt, Germany
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Rudolf Brandt
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Birthdate: June 2, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany
Died: June 2, 1948
 33 
Theodor Storm
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Birthdate: September 14, 1817
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Husum, Germany
Died: July 4, 1888
Helmuth James von Moltke
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Birthdate: March 11, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Krzyżowa, Poland
Died: January 23, 1945
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Günther Oettinger
(Politician, Jurist, Lawyer, Judge)
Günther Oettinger
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Birthdate: October 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stuttgart
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Francis Daniel Pastorius
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Birthdate: September 26, 1651
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sommerhausen, Germany
Died: 1720 AD
 37 
John Peter Altgeld
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Birthdate: December 30, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Selters (Westerwald), Germany
Died: March 12, 1902
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Walburga Habsburg Douglas
(Lawyer, Politician)
Walburga Habsburg Douglas
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Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berg, Germany

The German-Swedish lawyer and politician Walburga Habsburg Douglas serves as the vice-president of the Paneuropean Union and is also a board member of the Institute for Information on the Crimes of Communism. The former parliament member was born in Germany and is the daughter of last crown prince of Austria-Hungary and the granddaughter of the last Austrian emperor, Charles I.

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Hartley Shawcross
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Birthdate: February 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Giessen, Germany
Died: July 10, 2003
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Gustav Radbruch
(Politician)
Gustav Radbruch
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Birthdate: November 21, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lübeck, Germany
Died: November 23, 1949
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Georg Jellinek
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Birthdate: June 16, 1851
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: January 12, 1911
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Friedrich Hecker
(German Lawyer and Revolutionary Who Played a Central Role in the 'Märzrevolution' of 1848/49)
Friedrich Hecker
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Birthdate: September 28, 1811
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Angelbachtal, Germany
Died: March 24, 1881

Friedrich Hecker was a German lawyer, revolutionary, and politician. Hecker was one of the most famous agitators and speakers of the German revolutions of 1848–1849. Like many other Forty-Eighters who left their motherland after the revolutions failed, Friedrich Hecker moved to the United States where he served in the Federal Army during the Civil War.

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L. F. L. Oppenheim
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Birthdate: March 30, 1858
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Windecken, Electorate of Hesse, German Confederation
Died: October 19, 1919
 44 
Hugo Preuß
(Lawyer)
Hugo Preuß
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Birthdate: October 28, 1860
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: October 9, 1925
 45 
Justus Jonas
(Jurist)
Justus Jonas
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Birthdate: June 5, 1493
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nordhausen, Germany
Died: October 9, 1555
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Johannes Althusius
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Birthdate: 1557 AD
Birthplace: Diedenshausen, Bad Berleburg, Germany
Died: August 12, 1638
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Josel Of Rosheim
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Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Haguenau, France
Died: 1554 AD

Josel of Rosheim was a 16th-century German Jewish advocate, or shtadlan, known for his fight for the rights of German Jews. A Czech-French by birth, he had initially been a money lender, apart from being a rabbi. He is also remembered for his efforts to counter anti-Semitism.

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Walter Simons
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Birthdate: September 24, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Elberfeld, Wuppertal, Germany
Died: July 14, 1937
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Anton Rintelen
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Birthdate: November 15, 1876
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: January 28, 1946
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Johann von Wowern
(Philologist, Lawyer)
Johann von Wowern
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Birthdate: March 10, 1574
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Germany
Died: March 30, 1612