Dr. Holger Thomas advises national and international corporations and groups of companies on all matters of individual and collective labor law. He has particular expertise in negotiating with employee representative bodies and trade unions.

He focuses on all aspects of restructurings of any kind, e. g. conciliation of interests and social plans, cutbacks in staff, transitional companies as well as outsourcing. He supports national and international clients comprehensively in developing the employment side of company acquisitions. Moreover, Dr. Holger Thomas has comprehensive knowledge and experience in advising on all contractual issues as well as collective bargaining law. Dr. Holger Thomas also advises on the implementation, review and operation of compliance structures, assists corporations with internal investigations and advises on any employment-related issues in this respect.

Furthermore, Dr. Holger Thomas advises and represents companies in litigations at all court levels, including the Federal Labor Court, as well as in all kind of out-of-court proceedings, such as arbitration committee proceedings and mediation.

born in Wuppertal

1989 – 1993
Graduate studies in Bochum and Berlin

1994 to 1996
Compulsory legal training in Bochum

1996 to 1997
In-house-lawyer at an international airline, Düsseldorf

1997
PhD thesis on binding effects of labor court decisions on other disputes, supervised by Prof. Dr. Rolf Wank

1997
Admission to the German Bar Association

1997 – 2002
Lawyer at Andersen Legal (today Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft), Frankfurt am Main

1999 – 2000
Post-graduate studies, commercial and business mediation, University of Hagen

2000
Certified labor and employment law specialist

2003 – 2011
Partner at SJ Berwin LLP (today King & Wood Mallesons), Head of Employment, Frankfurt am Main

2004
Master of Mediation, MM, University of Hagen

2011 – 2016
Partner at WilmerHale, Head of Employment, Frankfurt am Main

2016
Partner at PUSCH WAHLIG LEGAL, Frankfurt am Main

Language skills: German, English

Further activities/rankings:

  • Lecturing on subjects relating to employment law and compliance for various seminar organizers, e.g. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung (DGFP e.V.)
  • Training on subjects related to alternative dispute resolution and conflict management for various training institutions, e.g. Dr. Otto Schmidt Verlag
  • Lecturing at the Goethe University (Frankfurt am Main) and University of Hagen
  • Regularly publishing articles and book chapters on employment and labor-related issues and on alternative dispute resolution
  • Member of the European Lawyers Association (EELA)
  • Named as exclusive recipient of 2012, 2013 and 2014 Client Choice Award from International Law Office (ILO) in the area of employment in Germany
  • Since 2003, recommended by JUVE for work in the labor and employment field. Described as “extremely solution-oriented,” “speedy and hands-on,” “absolutely service-oriented and committed,” and praised for the “understanding of business interests.” Described by competitors as a “very good communicator” with “high professional skills.”