Prof. Dr Klaus D. Kapellmann

Specialist lawyer for construction and architects’ law


  • Construction contracts
  • Plant engineering law

Prof. Dr Kapellmann is currently active as arbitrator or consultant in significant disputes.


What others say

Klaus Kapellmann is “one of the best around”, according to commentators. He has a wealth of experience on construction, architectural and power plant cases. – Who's Who Legal Germany 2020


Lawyers of the year for construction law (North Rhine-Westphalia, 2018) as well as one of the most frequently recommended lawyers for construction law and estate law – Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers® "Germany's Best Lawyers 2020"


"one of the forefathers of German construction law" – Who's Who Legal Germany 2015


"Distinguished construction lawyer Klaus Kapellmann is universally respected for his long-standing experience in the sector. Peers say: 'He has really earned his senior statesman title'." – Chambers Europe 2014



Recent work

  • Representing plant engineering firms against power supply companies in the construction of power plants
  • Copyright issues in the newbuild of the European Central Bank


Further qualifications and memberships

  • Honorary professor at the Rheinisch-Westfälischen Technischen Hochschule in Aachen
  • Managing publisher of the journal NZBau, 1990 to 2019
  • Author of standard works on private construction law, numerous lectures and articles on construction contracts


Publications (in German) 


Events (in German)


Curriculum vitae 

  • Studied law at the Universities of Cologne and Heidelberg, 1961 to 1965
  • Assistant to the Chair for Foreign and International Criminal Law at the University of Cologne
  • PhD on the doctrine of criminal law, 1968
  • Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) since 1969
  • Established Kapellmann, 1974