Partner *Düsseldorf, Munich
Dr. André Zimmermann, a Certified Specialist for Employment Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht), heads Orrick’s German Employment Practice. With around ten years of international experience, André is well-versed in restructuring and headcount reduction, employment aspects of M&A transactions, and employment related litigation.
André is listed as "frequently recommended" employment law expert by JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms (2017/2018), Germany's leading lawyer ranking. Clients recommend André to JUVE as “straight shooter" and "always refreshingly honest".
Our clients praise André's "creative and efficient style of working" and "a very practical and efficient style of providing advice", referring to him as "extremely responsive and accessible when we have urgent matters" and as "an excellent advocate in court hearings".
André advises companies on a wide range of HR legal matters with a special sector focus on technology companies, including hiring and discrimination concerns, misclassification, multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment issues, HR data privacy compliance, roll out of employee handbooks and policies, performance management and terminations.
Most recently, André has advised leading multinational technology companies such as AppAnnie, Facebook, Flexera, GitHub, NVIDIA, Optimizely, Sabre, Sensata Technologies, Snap, Splunk, The Trade Desk and Visa on various employment matters in Germany.
Having long-standing experience in negotiating with works councils and unions in restructuring measures of all kind, a special focus of André's practice is on restructuring, outsourcing and headcount reductions. He is an acknowledged specialist in employing third-party personnel, especially through temporary agency work.
André is a core member of our global employment practice consisting of 70 specialized employment lawyers and world leading practices in our offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, offering the highest level of employment advice in all major jurisdictions. Our well-established teamwork across offices ensures international advice in employment law in our clients' cross-border projects.
Contributing to Orrick's thought leadership in employment law, André regularly speaks and publishes on his specialist subjects. He is a contributing author to several professional magazines and frequently writes for Orrick's Employment Law and Litigation Blog and Orrick's Equal Pay Pulse.
Recently, André contributed to a handbook on service agreements for managing directors and board members published by publishers C.H. Beck, Germany's most reputable legal publisher (Holthausen/Kurschat, Vertragsgestaltung für Geschäftsführer, Vorstände und Aufsichtsräte, 2017).
Ongoing/Day-to-Day Employment Advice