Dr Claus von Rintelen

Specialist lawyer for construction law and architects’ law
Specialist lawyer for insurance law


  • Construction contracts
  • Insurance law
  • Real estate law

Dr von Rintelen advises on all questions concerning the construction and operation of real estate, from planning contracts, competitions and tenders for financing and construction contract drafting to insurance, contracting, lease contracts and finally sale. As a former appeal lawyer (Berufungsanwalt), he has substantial experience in conducting legal proceedings. A further key practice area is the provision of advice on major damage claims, in particular the enforcement of claims arising from insurance contracts.


What others say

Recommended lawyer for construction law – Legal 500 Germany 2018


Lawyer of the year for construction law (Hamburg) – Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers® "Germany's Best Law Firms and Lawyers 2018"


Recent work

  • Project advice on airport terminal new builds in Düsseldorf and Budapest as well as Berlin (contracting, insurance law)
  • Project advice here only for offshore wind park projects with investments up to €1.2bn
  • Advising public principals on individual project procurements e.g. for the new build of two vocational training colleges in Recklinghausen for the state broadcasting studio for MDR in Erfurt
  • Various general contractor or general developer projects for principals and contractors including leasing
  • Contract and corporate law advice as well as due diligence on real estate transactions  (asset deals, share deals, portfolio sales)
  • Complex construction processes/arbitral proceedings up to € 330m
  • Legal opinions on and management of insurance matters in assembly, construction services, fire, machine and industrial accident insurance e.g. fire damage at Düsseldorf airport, damage to various power plants up to €125m and industrial accidents at a production plant (€60m)
  • Legal opinions, adjustments of damages and proceedings in liability insurance law


Further qualifications and memberships

  • Co-Author of three standard works on private construction law 
  • Co-Author of major commentaries and the insurance law handbook for engineering insurance, public liability insurance, architects’ liability insurance and insurance procedures
  • Author of numerous essays and annotations
  • Seminars on contract procurement in the utilities sector, contract drafting in construction law, liability and insurance in construction, contracting, lecturer at specialised lawyer training courses 
  • Specialised lawyer for construction law and architects’ law since its introduction
  • Member of Forum Contracting


Publications (in German) 


Events (in German)

Curriculum vitae 

  • Studied law at the Universities of Passau and Bonn, 1981 to 1986
  • Research assistant at the University of Bonn in bankruptcy law (Prof. Dr Walter Gerhard), 1987
  • PhD in collateral security law, 1990 to 1994
  • Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) since 1990, at Kapellmann since 1995