Who we are

We are advisors, not yes-men. We give you realistic assessments, not empty promises. We work with you to develop solutions that are tailored to your specific needs - with focus and emotional intelligence. We ensure the high quality of our work through continuous training. Frequent recommendations in German rankings by Stern and Focus show that our approach is successful.

Your help is needed: We can only be as good as the quality of information you or your advisers provide. We integrate with your existing network of advisers. If necessary, we call in experts from our own network - tax advisers, commercial lawyers, notaries or foreign colleagues.

Personally and digitally

We integrate digital technology with confidence. We also conduct meetings using Zoom and Teams. We like to collaborate using tools like Office 365, Dropbox or Google Docs. But sometimes nothing beats a face-to-face meeting. That is why the first meeting usually takes place in our office, if the physical distance allows it. Negotiation is our daily business, whether at the round table or in court. And we are prepared to travel great distances to do so. Because studies show: Those who negotiate face-to-face achieve better results.

Meet our team

To give you an idea of who will be advising you before you contact us, we would like to introduce ourselves.

Michael Grüßenmeyer

Partner
Certified Family Law and Inheritance Law Specialist
gruessenmeyer@w-h-l.de

Michael Grüßenmeyer was born in Düsseldorf and studied law in Freiburg. He is our specialist in inheritance law and our leading expert in procedural law. His extensive professional experience and economic understanding enable him to resolve conflicts before they become legal disputes. He wrote the chapter on prenuptial agreements in the Practical guide on business transfers. His knowledge of real estate and tenancy law enables him to deal with the legal problems of property owners in family and inheritance disputes. Michael is married and has two children.

Lukas Deppenkemper

Partner
Master II en droit
Certified Family Law Specialist
Fluent in English and French
deppenkemper@w-h-l.de

Lukas Deppenkemper studied in Düsseldorf and Cergy-Pontoise, France, after a year abroad in Pennsylvania, USA. Clients and colleagues describe him as a pragmatic communicator who finds creative solutions but is also a tough negotiator. In recent years, he has developed particular expertise in the area of property auctions. He has acted in many international cases and has experience in many foreign jurisdictions, including England and Wales, France, several US states, Spain, mainland China and Hong Kong, India and Australia. He regularly lectures internationally on German law and is a member of the International Private Clients and Family Law Commission of AIJA.

He talks about his career and his daily work (in German) on the podcast Something with law.

Isabelle Jung

Partner
Certified Family Law Specialist
Fluent in English
jung@w-h-l.de

Isabelle Jung studied in law Düsseldorf, Germany, following an exchange period in California, USA. Since the beginning of her training, she has specialised in family and inheritance law at the crossroads of corporate law. She has published in NWB Steuer- und Wirtschaftsrecht on the drafting matrimonial property regime clauses in corporate contracts. Thanks to her determination and efficiency, she has quickly made a name for herself in the field of family law. As the mother of a daughter, she brings her expertise to the table, but also has the family’s best interests at heart. She is a member of the German Women Lawyers Association.

Anthea Preibisch

Certified Family Law Specialist
Fluent in English and French
preibisch@w-h-l.de

Anthea Preibisch studied law in Münster, Germany, following a period of voluntary work in India.

She gained valuable experience at a boutique firm specialising in white-collar crime before turning to family law at a renowned Westphalian law firm. She joined the WHL team in April 2023.

Family law is her passion. She has a keen sense of the common interests of the spouses involved, which helps her to find amicable solutions for our clients wherever possible. Our clients describe her as a force to be reckoned with in court and appreciate her clear communication. She strives to make the legal complexities of family law accessible for everyone.

Dr. Ludwig Leidinger

Family Law Specialist
leidinger@w-h-l.de

After studying law in Cologne, Geneva and Münster, Ludwig Leidinger first worked for the renowned Higher Regional Court law firm Schaefer, Sauvageot & Partner before founding WHL. He is known for his perseverance and strategic vision. In recent years, he has mentored the younger generation of lawyers at WHL. He is married and has three adult children.

Contact us

How can we help? Contact us by telephone Mon-Thurs between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or send us an e-mail with your name and telephone number. We will call you back as soon as possible.

Our office is located at Kapellstraße 12, 40479 Düsseldorf. There are two public charging points for electric cars opposite our door. Otherwise, park in the APCOA Parkhaus Dieterich-Karree.