My clients value my experience spanning more than 40 years, my legal competence, and my confident demeanour.

Michael Wüllrich

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1946 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Studied law in Freiburg im Breisgau, Bonn, and Paris (Sorbonne); Assistant to the Chair for private law (Prof. Dr. Bauer) of the University of Bonn; Dr. jur. 1973 (University of Bonn).

Since 1975: Rechtsanwalt; Partner at SCHMITZ KNOTH. Since 1985: Judge at the Court of First Instance for law governing lawyers in Cologne; then Judge at the Court of Appeal for law governing lawyers in Hamm; since 1996 until 2013: Associate Justice at the Federal Supreme Court in Karlsruhe (chamber for law governing lawyers). Until 2016: Fachanwalt for Intellectual Property law and member of the pre-decision committee of the Cologne Bar Association (Rechtsanwaltskammer Köln).

Intellectual property and competition law, family law and trusts & estates, asset & enterprise succession, press law.

Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (German Association for IP and Copyright), Bonner AnwaltVerein e.V. (Bar Association of Bonn).

Chairman of the Board of the Tenten-Foundation, Bonn; Member of the Board of the Foundation St-Johannes Hospital, Bonn. Chairman of the arbitration committee for competition law, IHK Bonn/Rhein-Sieg.

"Glucosaminsulfat - Rechtliches Schicksal defizitären Prozeßvortrages" (“Glucosaminsulfat – Legal consequences of the failure to state a case”) with Dr. Florian Höld; in: LMuK 2008, Seite 4-8.

"Der Vermögensverfall i.S. §14 Abs. (2) Nr. 7 BRAO in der Rechtsprechung des Anwaltssenats beim BGH" ("Disposal of assets subject to i.S. §14 Abs. (2) Nr. 7 BRAO in the jurisprudence of the senate dealing with law governing lawyers of the Federal Supreme Court"); in: Festschrift für Günter Hirsch, Munich 2008.

"Das Prioritätsprinzip im Markenrecht am Beispiel der Kollision von älterer Marke und jüngerer geschäftlicher Bezeichnung" mit Thomas Schöne; in WRP 1997, 514 ff.

“Das Groupement d´Interérêts Economiques, ein Modell auf dem Weg zur europäischen Integration im Gesellschaftsrecht" (The Groupement d´Interérêts Economiques; a step on the way towards the European harmonisation of corporate law; Bonn 1973 (Doctoral Thesis).

Contact Data


Genscherallee 12
D-53113 Bonn

Tel.: 0228-98509-41
Fax: 0228-98509-8841
E-Mail: wuellrich@schmitzknoth.de

Our Practice Areas

Financial Services and Banks

Nationwide, a bank

The experts from SCHMITZ KNOTH Rechtsanwälte represent legal departments in groups across Germany and complement the operative business in management and capital market issues.


Insurance Law

Keep rules and regress right.

We advise and represent the general insurance contract law (conclusion of contract, pre-contractual disclosure, beginning of insurance cover, premium right, insurance agent, causing the insured event, obligations, danger increase), transport and forwarding insurance law, property insurance law (in particular the law of vehicle, building, household , Luggage, fire, burglary and construction insurance) to the law of private personal insurance (in particular the right of life, health, travel cancellation, accident and disability insurance) and Liability insurance law. Special expertise also exists in the area of technical insurance.


Pharmaceutical / Medical Law / Health

Exclude risks and side effects.

SCHMITZ KNOTH lawyers clarify questions of corruption law and formulate compliance solutions for the medical and pharmaceutical industry. In cases of medical liability, we represent patients as well as practitioners in the assertion of their claims.


Industrial Property Rights, Competition Law as well as Copyright and Media Law

Protecting your ideas. Under all circumstances.

For individuals and companies, SCHMITZ KNOTH Rechtsanwälte takes on the representation in all questions of copyright and competition law matters. Above all, the clarification of protective rights and design of German and European brands is a priority.


Commercial / Corporate Law

Mergers & Acquisitions with a sure hand.

Founding, merging and restructuring of companies run smoothly under the direction of SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWÄLTE. If we can not prevent a dispute, we represent their interests in court. With success.


Employment Law

Good staff needs good staff.

SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWÄLTE are known as experienced representatives of client interests in negotiations on company agreements or collective bargaining agreements. In any case - be it restructuring or social plan, employee or manager.


Construction and Real Estate Law

Regularities for commercial, property and rent.

For companies and builders, SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWÄLTE has decades of expertise to safeguard interests in terms of remuneration, warranty and compensation.


Family Law / Inheritance Law / Succession

With a sense of proportion and tact.

Our private lives pose great challenges to us in the event of potential disputes - including legal ones. With SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWAELTE you have proven legal experts at your side who stand up and fight with great sensitivity for your needs.


Traffic Law

For a legal explanation of accident consequences.

In the case of accidents with consequences, SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWAELTE will take legal action for claims for damages or unsubstantiated claims for their legal interests and implement them.


Administrative Law

Our practice for the bureaucracy.

SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWÄLTE advises public authorities, associations and municipalities on their interests in administrative law - public building law is the focus of their activities.


Economic / Tax Criminal Law

Compliance without complications.

Entrepreneurial risk needs adequate support in case of wrong decisions. SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWÄLTE advise and train companies and entrepreneurs on compliance with regulations and measures.


Profession Law

Advocacy for lawyers.

Legal and professional support is provided to lawyers by SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWÄLTE in the legal practice as well as in the chamber and association industry and the Federal Bar Association, where our partners have been represented for decades.