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Herrmann, Dr. Nadine

Dr. Nadine Herrmann



Dr. Nadine E. Herrmann is Managing Partner of the Hamburg and Brussels offices and Chair of the firm’s EU and German Competition Law Practice. She is a German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwältin), an English solicitor (England and Wales) and a member of the Brussels bar.

Dr. Herrmann specializes in antitrust,  intellectual property and other regulatory and commercial litigation at trial and appellate level.

She has broad experience in litigation and investigations, representing her clients before courts and regulators (including the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office and the German Financial Supervisory Authority). Her competition expertise covers all aspects of German and European competition law, including abuse of dominance cases. Dr. Herrmann has particular expertise in cases involving the intersection of IP and competition law. Her IP practice focuses on design, unfair competition, copyright and trade secret cases.

The author of a textbook on EU competition and German unfair competition law, Dr. Herrmann has been internationally recognized as an expert litigator. She has practiced in Germany, the UK, and the United States.

Before joining Quinn Emanuel in 2012, Dr. Herrmann was a partner at Allen & Overy LLP. She earned her Ph.D. in law from Philipps-Universität Marburg (summa cum laude) and her LL.M. from the University of Sydney.

In 2010, she was recognized as having one of the ‟25 leading careers” (Karriere des Jahres) in Germany by the Handelsblatt magazine and is listed in IAM Patent 1000 – The World‘s Leading Patent Practitioners 2013 as a leading attorney in Germany who is praised for her ‟keen analytical eye” and ‟impressive intellect.”

In 2011, she was recommended as one of the ‟Best Lawyers” in Germany for IP law by Handelsblatt/Legal Success. Law360 named Dr. Herrmann a “Rising Star”  in 2013. Chambers Europe recognized Dr. Herrmann as a ‟notable practitioner”, citing sources who say, ‟she is an impressive lawyer with notable technical expertise.”

  Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Appellate Practice


  • The University of Sydney Law School, Sydney, Australia
    (LL.M., with Honours, 2003)

  • State of Hesse, Frankfurt Court of Appeals, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    (2nd State Examination, with Honours, 2002)

  • Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany
    (Ph.D. in Law (Dr. iuris), summa cum laude, Dean’s list Honours, 2001)
    (1st State Examination (JD equivalent), Dean’s list Honours, 2000)


The German bar (Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg); The Brussels Bar (E-List); Solicitor, England & Wales


  • German
  • English
  • French

  Prior Associations

  • Allen & Overy LLP:
    • Partner, 2009-2012
    • Senior Associate, Hamburg, 2008
    • Associate, Frankfurt/London/Hamburg, 2003-2007

  • Fenwick & West LLP:
    • Visiting Foreign Attorney, San Francisco/Mountain View, CA, 2007-2008


  • Named as “Rising Star” in IP by Law 360 (2013)
  • Listed as a leading attorney in Germany by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2013)
  • Recommended as one of the “Best Lawyers” in Germany for IP law by Handelsblatt/Legal Success (2011)
  • Named as having one of the “25 leading careers” (Karriere des Jahres) in Germany by the Handelsblatt magazine (2010)
  • Listed in IAM Licensing 250 – The World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers as a leading attorney in Germany with a particular focus on Life Sciences (2010)
  • Chancellor’s award for “Best Thesis in 2000/2001 Academic Year”, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany (2001)

Publications and Lectures

Professional Activities

  • Member, GRUR
  • Member, DGRI
  • Member, Association of German Jurists (Deutscher Juristentag e.V.)
  • Member, German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltsverein)
  • Member, British-German Lawyers’ Association
  • Member, French-German Lawyers’ Association
  • Member, Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht