Jan-Ove Becker advises companies on national and international employment and labor law. He concentrates in corporate reorganization, restructuring and corporate transactions. He also advises on labor relations matters and negotiates with group, company and local works councils. He has an industry focus on technology, media and entertainment. He is also advisor to numerous venture capital funded companies. Jan-Ove is a member of our practice groups focussing on newly emerging legal playing fields like robotics, artificial intelligence and automation as well as human rights and corporate social responsibility. He litigates high-profile cases up to Federal Employment Court and the European Court of Justice.

Jan-Ove is a self-published author and has been editor of a journal on bankruptcy law for several years. He was admitted to the bar in 2012.

Professional & Community Affiliations

President, Labour Law Commission

International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)


German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV)


Employment Law Working Group

German Bar Association


Steering Committee

Cambridge Forums on International Employment Law


Recipient, BTI Client Service All-Star Award


Named, Core Attorney

Legal 500 Deutschland


Named, Tomorrow’s Leader

International Employment Lawyer


Named, Up and Coming in Employment Law

(under 40 years)



News, Analysis & Press

Littler Global Guide - Germany - Q4 2021

Global Guide Quarterly

January 19, 2022

Proposed AI Policy in EU Could Change Hiring Landscape

#evolve magazine

November 11, 2021

The Littler 2021 European Employer Survey Report

Littler Report

November 10, 2021

Littler Global Guide - Germany - Q2 2021

Global Guide Quarterly

July 19, 2021

Littler Global Guide - Germany - Q4 2020

Global Guide Quarterly

February 26, 2021

Littler Global Guide - European Union - Q2 2019

Global Guide Quarterly

July 17, 2019

Littler Global Guide - Germany - Q2 2019

Global Guide Quarterly

July 17, 2019

Littler Global Guide - Germany - Q2 2017

Global Guide Quarterly

July 11, 2017

Books & Book Chapters

  • Germany chapter, The Littler Mendelson Guide to International Employment and Labor Law, 4th Edition, co-authors Dr. Thomas Griebe, Dr. Rajko Herrmann, Sebastian Juli, Dr. Matthias Sandmaier, Stephan Settekorn, 2015
  • Germany chapter, The Employment Law Review, 1. bis 6. Ed., co-author Dr. Thomas Griebe, 2015

Speaking Engagements

The State of Vaccinations and Testing – A Continued Conundrum

Littler Executive Employer Conference

May 5, 2022

You’re Fired! An Apples-to-Apples Comparison of the Employee Dismissal Process Across Key International Jurisdictions

February 27, 2018

Current Employment Law Headwinds Facing U.S. Based Gig Economy Companies, As They Expand Into Other Countries

July 12, 2017

Hot Topics in International Labor and Employment Law

May 19, 2016

Introduction to International Insolvency Labor Law and Recent Case Law and Developments, Restructuring and Other Answers for Companies in Financial Crisis

AIJA International Association of Young Lawyers, Frankfurt, Germany

October 2015

Don’t Forget the Employees! Transfer or Undertakings in M&A Operations, M&A Reloaded: A Comprehensive View of the M&A Process

AIJA International Association of Young Lawyers, Kitzbühel

January 2015

Disciplinary Power of Sports Federations: Possibilities and Limits

AIJA International Association of Young Lawyers, Dublin

October 2014

Hot Topics in Social Media – In 140 Characters/Less

AIJA International Association of Young Lawyers, London

April 2014

The Workforce – the Company’s Key Asset or the Enemy Within? An Introduction to Collective Consultation & Co-Determination

AIJA International Association of Young Lawyers, Luxembourg

November 2013


  • Law Degree, University of Hamburg, 2006


  • German
  • English

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