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Clemens Kochinke is a German-American attorney practicing law in Washington, DC. He supports clients in international transactions and structuring, frequently in the technology fields. He has been with the Washington, DC law firm of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP, since 1984.
Fully qualified as an American lawyer and a German Rechtsanwalt, he has testified as an expert on international law in various tribunals.
Clemens Kochinke has a diverse international law practice. With bar admissions to the District of Columbia and Germany, to the United States Supreme Court and to specialized courts, and after legal education and training in Washington, London, Heidelberg, Berlin and Malta, Mr. Kochinke assists corporations, often from German-speaking countries, in United States matters as well as U.S. clients in foreign matters. In addition to advising sovereigns and corporations, including, for instance, a government and an international organization, jointly, in advocating FCPA standards and defining international anti-bribery standards, he assists individuals in complex German-American disputes.
Mr. Kochinke provides serial updates on U.S. law to the German American Law Association's law journal, to the major German insurance law journal, and to Kommunikation & Recht.
Recently, two major publishers released his chapters on international negotiations in two books, written from the perspective of German clients doing business in the USA and of American lawyers advising on transactions in Germany.
Among others, Salon and Slate interviewed Mr. Kochinke recently on matters of international law, and Slate credited him as explainer's adviser.
Among his professional and volunteer affiliations and activities, Mr. Kochinke publishes the Embassy Law Blog. Lawyers active in German-American transactions may want to read his reports on current developments in German law in English and American law in German.
Current topics include:
Negotiations in Germany: The Business Law Perspective, in Wegerich, Ed., Business Laws of Germany, Vol. 2, New York (Nov. 2009)
USA-Bewerbungsführer für Juristen, Co-editor, 3rd ed. Bonn (2009)
Negotiating Contracts, U.S. chapter, in Heussen (ed.), Contract Negotiations and Contract Management, 3rd ed. Cologne (2007)
Recent Developments in American Arbitration Law, DAJV-NL, (2010)
Construction of Insurance Contracts, VersR, (October 2008)
German American Law Ass'n, 2007:
Treaty Negotiation and Implementation, Moderator
Virginia Bar Association, 2007:
Privacy and Data Security
German American Law Ass'n, 2006:
Asset Tracing and Asset Recovery
German American Law Ass'n, 2004:
Damage Control in Contracts and Torts: Punitive Damages and Liquidated Damages
Heidelberg U. Law School, Germany
Berlin Freie U. Law School, Germany
King's College, U. of London, England
George Washington U. Law School, Washington, DC