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I studied law and political science at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. Having passed the 1st legal state examination, I performed practical professional legal training as a Gerichtsreferendar with the District Court at Wiesbaden and with the Higher Regional Court at Frankfurt / Main. Having passed the 2nd legal state examination (Assessorexamen) in 1968 I joined the Federal Defense Administration as a civil servant. After several initial appointments as a legal adviser to the commanders of military staff at division-level and higher and as a public prosecutor in the field of military disciplinary law, they transferred me to the Federal Ministry of Defence in 1972. There I worked in various positions until my retirement in the rank of Regierungsdirektor in 2004 (law on soldiers and civil servants, including individual case management as well as the conduct of lawsuit for the ministry in cases, where staff had gone to court to sue the ministry for whatever reasons, legislation relating the protection of the environment, budget of the ministry of defense, and last but not least temporary international appointments within NATO).
In 1992 the Law Faculty of the University of Cologne conferred upon me the doctorate Dr. iur. utr. As an additional professional qualification I performed training to become an expert for the evaluation of developed and undeveloped land (surveyor) and after that operated as surveyor as well as author in this field and in the real estate sector, with focus on the real estate and construction law and the legislation relating to the compensation of former owners of assets in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and in the field of law on experts.
After my admission as a lawyer in 2005 I opened my lawyer`s office as a single firm and am now working nationwide. In many cases my clients were put on notice about me through my publications and contacted me, after they had asked and received my address from the respective firms of publishers.