Prof. Dr. Werner Leitner

Prof Dr Werner Leitner, born in 1959, has practised as a defense lawyer since 1989 and as an accredited specialist for criminal law since 1997. The University of Augsburg appointed Werner Leitner honorary professor.

Werner Leitner read law in Munich. Following a period in Chicago he served as an attaché for the German Foreign Office. He embarked on his career as a defense lawyer in 1989 and he founded his own law firm in 1993.

Werner Leitner acts as a defense lawyer and he also represents victim’s rights. Leitner frequently provides discreet advice from the sideline. His clients include many figures active in public life.

He is a regular contributor at major specialist conferences and in panel discussions. He also gives lectures to senior personnel in companies and law firms on current topics.

From 2004 till 2016, Werner Leitner was chairman of the executive committee of the criminal law working group of the German Bar Association DAV, Europe’s largest organization for criminal lawyers. He often appears on the criminal law committees of the German bar association and the German federal chamber of lawyers. He is also a member of European and international associations including the ICB and the ECBA.

For many years now he has served on professional disciplinary tribunals. He was appointed presiding judge and member of the executive committee of the Bavarian tribunal for the legal profession.


He is the author of many publications on criminal law and procedure and joint editor of the journal Strafverteidiger Forum.

Werner Leitner can advise clients in English, French and Spanish as well as German.