Overview

Katja chairs the firm’s International Business & Trade Practice Group. She serves clients in a range of privacy and international business matters, from complex international transactions to global privacy compliance. As a German native, her unique perspective, experience and counsel bridge the gap that often exists from a legal and cultural perspective.

Katja works with international businesses on a number of transactional matters. She routinely advises clients on matters related to cross-border transactions, contract negotiation and entity formation. She also has experience guiding business owners as they wind down their businesses.

Katja’s robust privacy and data security experience serves clients domestically and abroad. As a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), Katja creates and manages policies and procedures to ensure clients are in compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). She also has experience serving her clients as an external data protection officer (DPO).

Clients rely on Katja for her dedication to client service and creative approach to problem solving – even with the most nuanced legal issues. She advises clients with regard to buying and selling businesses, analyzing risk and facilitating appropriate due diligence. She regularly assists companies of all sizes with negotiating commercial agreements between domestic and international parties.

Education

  • The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law  (LL.M., 2012)
  • Juristische Fakultät der Universität Passau  (law degree, 2011)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Professional Associations

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, International & Graduate Affairs Advisory Council, Co-Chair
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), KnowledgeNet former Co-Chair, Columbus Chapter
  • German Bar Association, Affiliate Member (not admitted to practice law in Germany)
  • German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest
  • European American Chamber of Commerce (EACC), Austrian-Swiss-German (ASG) Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Advisory Council on Diversity Initiatives (ACDI) Committee

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Technology Law, 2021-2022
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars Edition, 2017-2018

Certifications

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), 2020

Community

  • Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program, Mentor

Languages

  • German, native