German Practice Group: Interdisciplinary, International and Experienced

For almost three decades, Cohen & Grigsby’s German Practice Group has advised clients seamlessly in both the German and English languages on a wide range of U.S. domestic and international matters, including transnational expansion into the United States through relationships with distributors or other business partners, acquisitions, joint ventures and formation of a new subsidiary. We understand the wide range of issues that typically arise when our German-speaking clients enter the U.S. market: Legal and tax aspects of structuring partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies and joint ventures; international product distribution, including clearing goods through U.S. Customs & Border Protection, drafting the distribution and sales agreements and minimizing product liability exposure; employment law and immigration matters; Customs and export controls; purchase and sale of real estate; estate and gift tax planning for foreign investors; and complex litigation.

Whether you are a company doing business globally or plan to initially only do business in the United States and Germany, our team is able to guide you seamlessly through the legal issues to help you reach your business objectives. We understand the business climate both in Germany and the United States and will provide legal advice that takes into account the cultural and legal differences between the two. The German Practice Group includes attorneys and paralegals fluent in German and experienced with the laws that affect companies doing business across cultures. As the German practice grew over the years, we assembled a team of attorneys and support staff with sufficient fluency in the German language to provide legal advice in written, as well as oral, communications. Each member of the German Practice Group has excellent legal credentials and an active interest in and understanding of German culture and recent developments and trends.

Our German team is fluent in both German and English and serves clients both effectively and efficiently, able to utilize our lawyers to address issues across the full spectrum of legal services. We counsel clients in corporate finance, company formation, international trade (Customs and export control), tax, litigation, intellectual property, public affairs, immigration and estate planning. Depending on the nature of the request, our German team may look to employment, ERISA and employee benefits, environmental and real estate lawyers to assist.

At the core of our German Practice is our “Soft Landing Program” for companies that are established businesses overseas, but are “new” to the U.S. market. With over 25 years of experience in dealing with “Soft Landing” clients, many of which are German, we are in a unique position to assist with the initial company formation, register with the tax authorities, obtain a bank account   and attend to the myriad of other unique needs of companies new to the U.S. market.

Our deep familiarity and relationship with law firms and accountants in German-speaking countries allows us to collaborate with local counsel quickly to ensure adherence to the cultural and legal differences in the global marketplace. We value our relationships with our German counterparts and understand the importance of teamwork.

About Cohen & Grigsby

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and an office in Naples, Florida, our more than 130 lawyers provide strategic full-service legal advice.

Our Philosophy in Action

Our firm was founded in 1981 to grow a “Culture of Performance” at the heart of which is our client-centric focus. Our German Practice Group is communicating every day at a native German level to our German-speaking client base; this is just one example of our “Culture of Performance.” We saw a need and desire by our German-speaking clients to secure U.S. legal advice that takes into account their special situation and goals. We listened and took action. But the German Practice Group is not unique. Throughout the firm, we have responded to our clients request to consistently deliver on and surpass their expectations by providing:

  • Ready access to senior, highly experienced attorneys who are responsive and attentive to their needs
  • Efficient staffing with appropriate levels of support
  • Superior work product
  • Results that involve a proactive, holistic and pragmatic approach to problem-solving

We deliver because every member of our firm — partners, associates and support staff alike — takes responsibility for client satisfaction and success. That means the breadth of the firm’s expertise is available to clients, no matter which practice groups they may be working with directly.

Our Culture of Performance also is about delivering the best talent and work product in a strategic manner. We embrace a work ethic that does not begin and end with the billable hour, but rather is rooted in our mission to serve our clients not only as legal counsel but also as business advisors. By delivering our exemplary services in a client-focused manner, we have achieved sustainable growth and success — a testimony to the Culture of Performance that thrives here at the firm.

Partnerships that are Strategic and Proactive

Cohen & Grigsby’s attorneys also serve as trusted business advisors. We make it our business to get to know your business. We proactively identify potential obstacles before they become problems and potential opportunities to enhance your bottom line. We are focused on strategic ways that will keep you on a path to profitability and viability.

Working Efficiently

Our attorneys approach each engagement with an eye toward staffing a matter only as necessary to accomplish established objectives. This helps drive a better bottom line for our clients and for the firm.

Beyond our Borders

In a global economy, you need attorneys who can reach beyond borders, who have the experience and language skills to tackle the complicated issues that you will encounter in the marketplace. Cohen & Grigsby’s attorneys collectively maintain a broad domestic and international portfolio, and we bring these considerable resources to bear for you.

Results Oriented

We treat every engagement and interaction with our clients as an opportunity to help solve their business needs and not as just another task in the workday. Everyone at Cohen & Grigsby — from partners to associates and support staff — understands that achieving optimal results is the true mark of solid performance.