Gerhard M. Horstmann-Wilke is an attorney at GERMELA Wülfing LLP, and a proven expert in commercial and corporate law. Before joining GERMELA, he had been working 30+ years as a Claims Manager for a large German insurance carrier where he specialized in US litigation and US liability law. In numerous product liability lawsuits filed by US plaintiffs in US courts against German manufacturers, large and small, he assisted local US attorneys, and prepared and coordinated the defense. In multiple cases he negotiated amicable settlement agreements.
Based on his US experience, he focuses on advising clients as to the pitfalls of US litigation and minimization as to US liability risks, assisting corporate clients, among others, in the drafting of agreements with US companies (e.g. dealership contracts), and in preparing/reviewing operating instructions for products for the US market. He also advises on foreign trade law, assists as to market entry into the Near and Middle East and North African markets, and counsels on compliance issues in that context.