Martin Burkhardt

Martin Burkhardt

Partner, Lenz & Staehelin


Dr Martin Burkhardt is a partner of Lenz & Staehelin. He is considered as a leading lawyer for commercial disputes. He advises and represents clients both before state courts and arbitral tribunals as well as in whatever ancillary or supplementary proceedings may be helpful for the clients to achieve their overall objectives, including interim measures, administrative or penal proceedings, as well as enforcement or asset recovery proceedings. He has extensive experience in financial services, investments and joint ventures, license, agency and distribution agreements, as well as corporate matters. His experience further includes pharma and medical, energy, media rights and noteably disputes about complex family fortunes.

Clients say: “He is very calm, he is really good at negotiating, and in terms of defining a strategy, his way of dealing with things is great.” Others point out: “He gets directly to the point, quickly understands the specifics and sensitivities of a case and he is tactically very good”.

Martin Burkhardt studied law at the University of St. Gallen (lic iur HSG 1988, Dr iur 1996), the University of Neuchatel and the University of California Berkeley School of Law (LL.M. 1991). He is admitted to the Bars of New York (1991) and Zurich (1992). Martin Burkhardt joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1994 and has been a partner since 2000 where he headed the Zurich dispute resolution practice until 2012. He speaks English, German and French.

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with more than 200 lawyers and offices in Gene-va, Zurich, and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.