Prof. Dr Werner Langen

Specialist lawyer for construction and architects’ law


  • Construction contracts
  • Law of architects and engineers
  • Legal management for large-scale projects JurProM®
  • Mediation/alternative dispute resolution

Prof. Dr Langen advises principals and contractors on all questions of contract drafting, contract management and litigious disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals including out-of-court conflict resolution and adjudication. A further key practice area is major claims management, both out-of-court and in-court.


What others say

One of the leading senior partners in private construction law; "a strong negotiator", competitor – JUVE Handbook 2009/2010 to 2019/2020


Recommended as a leading name in construction law – Legal 500 Germany 2020


Lawyer of the year for construction law (North-Rhine Westphalia, 2019) and one of the most frequently recommended lawyers for construction law and estate law – Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers® "Germany's Best Lawyers 2020"


"The 'excellent' Werner Langen enjoys a stellar reputation in the market, where he specialises in large-scale construction projects." – Chambers Europe 2016


Leading lawyer for construction law 2020 – WirtschaftsWoche Top-Kanzleien (31 January 2020 edition)


Recent work

  • City of Cologne: comprehensive advice and representation in connection with the collapse of the historic archives in 2009
  • FRANKONIA Eurobau AG: various real estate projects including Andreasquartier Düsseldorf, Gerling Quartier Cologne, Heinrich Heine Gärten Düsseldorf, Lenbach Gärten München
  • Koelnmesse: comprehensive construction and real estate law advice
  • BAM Deutschland: "Schürmann-Bau" Bonn


Further qualifications and memberships

  • Honorary professor at the University of Cologne with lectureship in construction contracts since 2003
  • Lecturer on project management at the University of Dortmund, 2000 to 2003
  • Speaker at numerous congresses and seminar events (Euroforum, Management Circle, BWI, IBR etc.)
  • Institute Leader for construction and architects’ law within the Deutsches Anwaltsinstitut e.V. (DAI)
  • Vice chairman of the Pre-Review Committee on Construction and Architects’ law within the Düsselforf Bar Council (Vorprüfungsausschuss für Bau- und Architektenrecht bei der Rechtsanwaltskammer Düsseldorf)
  • Member of the Working Group on Construction Law within the German Lawyers’ Association (ARGE Baurecht beim Deutschen Anwaltverein)
  • Member of the Centrum für Deutsches und Internationales Baugrund- und Tiefbaurecht or CBTR)
  • Member of the Institute für Baurecht Freiburg im Breisgau e.V. (IfBF)
  • Member of Deutsche Baugerichtstags e.V.
  • Member of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geotechnik e.V. or DGGT


Publications (in German) 


Events (in German)

Curriculum vitae

  • Studied law at the University of Cologne, 1976 to 1980
  • Research assistant at the University of Cologne in civil and tax law (Prof. Dr Jens Peter Meincke), 1977 to 1980
  • PhD on civil law, 1981 to 1984
  • Legal clerkship with the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf, 1981 to 1984
  • Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) at Kapellmann since 1984