Thomas Klindt

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer), Certified Specialist in Administrative Law, Partner

Product Liability
Compliance & Investigations
Cyber Risks
Liability & Insurance
Environmental Social and Governance

Thomas Klindt

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), co-editor of the magazine for Product Compliance (ZfPC), 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. Compliance 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


  • Prof. Dr. Klindt is one of the few leading German lawyers for product liability. He is recommended by the following directories:
  • JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien 2021/2022
  • Best Lawyers 2021
  • Kanzleimonitor 2021
  • Who's Who Legal 2021
  • Legal 500 2021 für Dispute Resolution
  • Führende Pressestimmen kommentieren: „so gut wie kein anderer im Produktsicherheitsrecht“, JUVE Handbuch 2021/2022
  • Führende Pressestimmen kommentieren: „incredibly quick“, „always reachable and eloquent“, JUVE Handbuch 2020


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


  • 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.