National and cross-border litigation, discrete expert advice and management of cases and appeals throughout the litigation process; final appeals and exclusive representation in Federal Supreme Court proceedings and in preliminary ruling procedures before the European Court of Justice; arbitration.


Independent, reliable and innovative advice as well as representation, based on more than thirty years’ appellate practice. Connecting the dots, based on extensive experience gained as a trial and appellate lawyer in all civil practice areas, and by exclusively practising at the Federal Supreme Court Bar, before the European Court of Justice and in selected cases in other federal appellate courts and before the Federal Constitutional Court. Individual, class and collective proceedings. Close cooperation with previous counsel if desired. Bespoke advice and solutions, based on personal responsibility supported by selected, qualified junior counsel. Legal aid, depending on the merits. Certified tax counsel.


All areas of German civil law, including conflicts of law, and European law litigated at the German Federal Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

Extensive experience litigating appeals involving, inter alia, conflict of laws, international jurisdiction, European and public international law, arbitral awards, commercial, companies and corporations, competition and state aid, insolvency, insurance, energy and transport, railways, architecture, construction and real estate, product, medical product and vaccine liability, banking and investment (including investment funds), media, emerging digital technologies and legal rights, intellectual property including music and film, design, pharmaceuticals, agro chemicals and food, press, professional liability, maritime law, agriculture, family and inheritance law.

Niche expertise in conflict of laws and matters of art law and recovery proceedings, foreign and domestic. Tax law and appeals.


Dr. Thomas von Plehwe

Educated in England (St. Paul’s School, London; King’s College London) and Germany (Bonn University, Dr. iur., 1987, comparative study “Non-possessory security interests in private international law”). Research fellow at the Institute of Private International and Comparative Law, Bonn University, 1980-1985. Certified tax counsel, 1993. PGDip in EC Competition Law, King’s College London, 1996. CertHE Psychology, OU, 2010.
Called to the Bar, Bonn District Court, 1985; Appeal Bar, Cologne, 1990. Following early years as advocate and partner of Eimer, Heuschmid, Mehle, Bonn, partner of Lüer & Görg and of Heuking, Cologne, until 2000. Member of the Bar of the Federal Supreme Court, Karlsruhe, since 2001 (2007-2019 in partnership with Gunhild Schäfer, LL.M., now Frankfurt).


Publications in the areas of private international, pharmaceutical, press, company, European and art recovery law. Commentator on private international property and international environmental law.

Languages: English (fluent), Italian, French.


Inter alia German Bar Association, American Bar Association, International Bar Association (IBA), British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), German Arbitration Institute (DIS), International Law Association (ILA), various German associations devoted to the practice and research of competition, company, intellectual property, building and architecture, insolvency, art, medical and other professional malpractice, family as well as tax law. Various international lawyers’ associations including German-American, German-Italian, German-Israeli and German-Chinese associations.

Pro bono

Member of the Board of the German Bar Association since 2021.

Past President of the Association of Members of the Supreme Court Bar, former Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Federal Bar Council, Berlin, of the Federal Bar Council ad hoc-Committee on the Federal Bar, of the Executive Committee of the Federal Supreme Court Bar Council, past Vice-President of the Union des Avocats Européens (European Lawyers Association, UAE), former long-term Member of the Board of Examiners of Cologne Regional Court of Appeal.

Pro bono appeals, subject to agreement.


Committed to ESG-sustainability.


“Highly competent, very pragmatic” (JUVE Handbook, 2014/2015)

“first choice, simply good”; “successful, very committed” (JUVE Handbook, 2015/2016)

“very thorough, outstanding legal knowledge” (JUVE Handbook, 2016/2017)

“subtle and perceptive” (JUVE Handbook, 2017/2018)

“precise, thorough and sound legal work” (JUVE Handbook, 2019/2020),

“very experienced, good pleadings on novel issues” (JUVE Handbook, 2021/2022),

“excellent strategist” (competition law); “good knowledge of company law” (conflict resolution) (JUVE 12/2021),

“clear thinking, plain language, superior briefs” (JUVE Handbook, 2022/2023),

“knowledgeable company lawyer; extremely “user friendly”” (JUVE Handbook 2023/2024),

“knowledgeable insolvency lawyer” (insolvency and restructuring); “experienced in investment law” (investment fund); “extremely meticulous and well-reasoned” (IP) (JUVE 04/2024).


Our Address

Dr. Thomas von Plehwe
Advocate at the Federal Supreme Court
Karlstraße 22-24
76133 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 886 211
Fax: +49 721 888 535