Clemens Kochinke, of Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP in Washington, DC, USA, is a lawyer, also admitted in Germany, who
  • advises on German matters in English and on American law,
  • studied law at Heidelberg University, King's College, London,
   and George Washington University, Washington, DC, and
  • is admitted in the United States to various courts including
   the United States Supreme Court.

As a German-American attorney and an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rated lawyer, Mr. Kochinke advises on domestic and international issues, fre­quently in the technology fields and in relations bet­ween, or with, govern­ments. Now its managing partner, he has practiced with the international law firm of Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP since 1984.

Fully qualified as an American lawyer and a German Rechts­anwalt, he has testified as an expert on international law and assisted clients in American and multi­national litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Clemens Kochinke has a diverse international law practice, into which he ties the experts at BCR in corporate, construction, em­ployment, export control and ITAR, white collar, compliance, de­fense litigation, FDA food, devices and packaging as well as other legal fields. With admissions to the DC and German bars -- after law school and training in Washington, London, Heidelberg, Berlin and Malta, -- he assists mostly cor­porations from the United States and German-speaking countries in United States legal matters as well as U.S. clients in foreign matters.

Early in his career, Mr. Kochinke practiced in areas now known as international compliance, ranging from anti-corruption and anti-money-laundering to export controls. These are now the focus of two highly regarded departments at his law firm.

Mr. Kochinke provides serial updates on U.S. law to the German American Law Association's law journal on arbitration, and to the major German internet law journal, Kommunikation & Recht on privacy, communications, data handling and related intellectual property and defamation issues.

Recently, two major publishers released his chapters on inter­national negotiations in two books, written from the perspective of German clients doing business in the USA and of American lawyers advising on transactions in Germany. Chapters in earlier books ranged from computer law to international investment and compliance laws.

Among others, Salon and Slate interviewed Mr. Kochinke recently on matters of international law. In July 2014, NPR quoted him in Lowe, Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms. In 2015, CBS radio stations, newspapers, Agence France Press and others interviewed him on the law of civil drones.

Among his professional and volunteer affiliations and activities, Mr. Kochinke publishes the Embassy Law journal, now 15 years on the internet, and Drone Law. Lawyers active in German-American transactions may want to read his reports on current develop­ments in German law in English and American law in German. Recent reports in English include:


Recent Publications

Negotiations in Germany: The Business Law Perspective, in Wegerich, Business Laws of Germany, Vol. 2, New York 3rd ed. 2012

Negotiating Contracts, U.S. chapter, in Heussen/Pischel, Contract Negotiations and Contract Management, 4th ed. Cologne 2014

Country Report: USA, Kommunikation & Recht (November 2018)

Recent Developments in American Arbitration Law, ZDAR 2018


German American Law Ass'n: Treaty Negotiation and Implementation, Moderator

Virginia Bar Association: Privacy and Data Security

German American Law Ass'n: Asset Tracing and Asset Recovery

German American Law Ass'n: Damage Control in Contracts and Torts: Punitive Damages and Liquidated Damages


Owner-operator of inter­national smartphone software development company (sold in 2000), in charge of IT, IP, privacy, licensing, and some software development.

Director on board of U.S. and Canadian public and private companies, mostly in IT (various terms).

Clemens Kochinke  Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP 1101 17th St. NW Suite 1100 Washington, DC, USA 20036
+1 (202) 293-5555 CK@BCR.US