Michaela Witzel


IT Law

LL.M. (Fordham University School of Law)
Certified Expert for IT Law


Ulrike Staudinger


Michaela Witzel’s area of specialism is IT contract law (including software licences, software maintenance, distribution agreements, procurement terms for IT services), international technology-related transactions (joint ventures and outsourcing) as well as copyright and database law with a focus on open source compliance.

Michaela advises companies from almost all sectors (in particular the financial and insurance industries, developers of business software applications, automotive, semi-conductor industry, energy) on the distribution of their technologies and software products and provides support on all aspects of contract and procedural law for IT projects, in particular regarding outsourcing and project agreements, cloud-based agreements (including GT&Cs) and the full range of contractual frameworks in the field of digitalisation.

In the outsourcing context, Michaela advises on regulatory requirements, above all in the banking and insurance industries.


German, English, Italian


2020 Founding partner at Witzel Erb Backu & Partner

2012 Certified expert for IT law

2000 Joined SSW law firm, partner 2003

Master of Laws, Fordham University, School of Law, NYC

Law degree in Erlangen


German Bar Association

Munich Bar Association

IT Law Working Group (DAV-IT)

Female Lawyers’ Working Group


Co-author of Auer-Reinsdorff / Conrad (ed.) Handbuch IT- und Datenschutzrecht

Co-author of Schneider (ed.), Handbuch EDV-Recht

Co-author of Schneider / Westphalen, Software-Erstellungsverträge

Co-author of Redeker / Handbuch der IT-Verträge

Computer & Recht, ITRB, Zeitschrift für Vertriebsrecht, Computerwoche