Prof. Dr. Thomas Klindt

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer), Certified Specialist in Administrative Law
Practice Group: Compliance & Investigations
Practice Group: Liability & Insurance

Product liability

As an industrial lawyer, Prof. Thomas Klindt has extensive experience in dealing with product liability crisis scenarios and has acted in many crossborder b2b and b2c product recalls including mandatory notifications to market surveillance authorities. He lectures in European Product and Technology Law at the university of Bayreuth, serves as an overseas correspondent of the Australian Product Liability Reporter (APLR) and is also Global Chair Emeritus of the Product Liability and Product Safety Practice Group of the international law firm network, Lex Mundi.

He is co-editor of Zeitschrift für Stoffrecht (StoffR), Germany's leading magazine for the law of hazardous substances. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Zeitschrift zum Innovations- und Technikrecht (InTeR), the magazine for innovation and technology law; Zeitschrift Recht Automobil Wirtschaft (RAW), the magazine for law and the automobile industry and the magazine for machine engineering norms in connection with the machinery directive. He also belongs to the Academic Board for consumer law of the University of Bayreuth.


Prof. Thomas Klindt is (alongside Dr. Torsten Fett) co-chairman of the annual Compliance Day and co-editor of Zeitschrift für Corporate Compliance (CCZ), Germany’s leading law magazine for compliance issues. Prof Klindt was named European Legal Innovator of the Year 2008 by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards 2008 because, as the jury stated “he has contributed to changing the attitude to compliance in Germany”. He is also head of the area Legal Crisis Management/Litigation-PR


  • Product liability
  • International and national product recalls
  • Recall management
  • CE marking, GS mark
  • Crossborder-notifications under Directive 2001/95/EC
  • RAPEX guidelines
  • Crisis management, crisis communication
  • Liability litigation
  • Accreditation and certification
  • Compliance
  • Product compliance
  • Compliance management
  • Postcompliance litigation
  • Risk prevention


  • Legal studies at the University of Münster (Westphalia)
  • Has specialised in administrative law since 2003
  • Professor for European Product and Technology Law at the University of Bayreuth
  • With Noerr since 2005
  • Admitted to the Munich Chamber of Lawyers


  • Prof. Dr. Klindt is one of the few leading German lawyers for product liability. He is recommended by the following directories:
  • JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien 2016/2017
  • Best Lawyers 2017
  • Kanzleimonitor 2015 – 2016
  • Who's Who Legal 2015
  • Legal 500 2010 für Dispute Resolution
  • Führende Pressestimmen kommentieren: „so gut wie kein anderer im Produktsicherheits-recht“, JUVE Handbuch 2016/2017
  • Führende Pressestimmen kommentieren: „incredibly quick“, „always reachable and eloquent“, JUVE Handbuch 2012

Selected Publications

  • Thomas Klindt has written a number of books and articles on European and German product safety law including the European Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC, the EC Regulation No. 765/2008, on product recall questions, cost claims, product liability law and HSE matters.