Philosophy

Philosophy

1.     It is my first priority to resolve conflicts out of court - but not at any price. It is no secret that legal proceedings are often tedious and costly. Therefore, it makes sense to explore the possibility of resolving the conflict at hand out of court from the outset. Exploring this option before actually going to court could save you unnecessary time, money and stress. As a first option both applicable in the private sector as well as in family conflicts - concordant with the Latin maxim: “he who gives swiftly gives twice” – a quick and effective initial reaction to a conflict within the context of a mediation or arbitration in order to come to an amicable agreement will always be a priority for me ... but not at any price. Because it may be that “healthy compromises turn conflicts into chronic diseases” (Goethe). In other words, if the other parties involved in the conflict insist on making unrealistic demands or are uninterested in reasonable solutions, I shall certainly enforce your claims in court. 

2.     Competence via specialisation: In addition to a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of law, specialisation in specific areas of law is essential to any effective lawyer. During my employment at the University of Vienna (2004 – 2008) I have become specialised in the family law and the first book of the many publications that I have subsequently written (in cooperation with the Supreme Court of Justice judge Prof. Neumayr) titled  “International Family Law” (now available in its second edition) has played a pioneering role in this area in Austrian law. This specialisation in family law has dovetailed into my professional career as a lawyer; in which I continue to prove my expertise not only in practice, but also on an ongoing basis through the very publications which are in turn used by the courts in order to qualify their judgements in practice. In addition to family law cases, I am also further specialised to represent in specially stored claims for damages: both with regard to medical liability law and in the case of breach of duty in child and youth care. Property law advice and execution of real estate transactions complete my range of services. 

3.     The combination of most recent academic theory and efficient legal practice I can offer my clients a unique symbiosis of academic insight and legal skill. I lecture family law at the Institute for Comparative Law and International Private Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna (I have been lecturing this subject at the University of Vienna since 2004); I speak at the Academy for Law and Taxes (ARS); I am involved in the qualification of lawyers and judges. As a specialist author, I am furthermore represented by leading publishers of jurisprudential literature with my publications. Based on my ongoing and profound experience as both a lecturer and a lawyer, I can link current scientific findings to efficient legal practice. My job as a lawyer, therefore, is a synergy of scientific working method with the day-to-day office work for the benefit of my clients.