Erhard Senninger

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Erhard Senninger (born August 5, 1933 in Passau ; † December 19, 1996 in Munich ) was a German lawyer and president of the German Bar Association . Because of his special commitment to the administration of justice , he was referred to as a knight of law .

Life and work

Senninger's father and grandfather were lawyers in Passau. He began studying law in the USA and continued it in Munich, where he was admitted to the bar after successfully completing the two state law examinations (1959, 1963). In 1968 Senninger, together with Gerhart Rothe and Eberhard Kollmar , founded the Munich law firm Rothe, Senninger & Kollmar , which has been operating under the name Kollmar, Deby & Sinz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH since 2010 . In 1969 he was also admitted to the bar at the Munich Higher Regional Court . He has worked in many areas of civil and administrative law.


In order to promote the interests of the legal profession in the Federal Republic of Germany, Senninger, together with his colleagues Robert Geigel and Fritz Ostler, founded the Verein Selbsthilfe der Rechtsanwälte e. V. , which today has more than 5500 members.

During his tenure as President of the German Lawyers' Association (1988 to 1991), he brought the relationship between client and lawyer to the fore. For example, he was significantly involved in the introduction of the initial consultation fee, which is independent of the value of the dispute, which should ensure a lower inhibition threshold with regard to visiting a lawyer.

In 1990 he advised the then President of the Bundestag, Rita Süssmuth, on the appropriateness of the parliamentary allowance .

In his efforts to reform the legal profession by reorganizing professional law, he played a major role in the amendment to the Federal Lawyers' Act of September 2, 1994 and the amended professional code of November 1996.

Special achievements in the course of the reunification

In the course of the reunification of Germany , Erhard Senninger, who had already made contact with colleagues in the GDR in 1988 , made an outstanding contribution to the establishment of a free legal profession and to the establishment of an independent administration of justice in the new federal states. At the expense of the legal profession, Senninger initially made 50 and later 100 lawyers available to the then federal government for the integration of the former offices for regulating open property issues into the existing German land registry . In addition, the lawyer resolutely opposed the plans decided by the justice ministers of the federal states to impose an austerity program on the recently created judicial apparatus. He expressed his displeasure in the mirror with the words that "all corpses are now being taken from the cellars of the ministries".


  • The history of the Bavarian Bar Association. In: The history of the German Bar Association and its regional associations. Deutscher Anwaltverlag (Ed.), Bonn 1997, ISBN 3-8240-0084-9 , p. 39 ff.
  • In the interests of effective legal protection, should measures be taken to simplify, standardize and limit the legal remedies and remedies of civil procedure law? In: Negotiations of the sixty-first German Juristentag, Volume 2 Meeting reports, 1: (Papers and resolutions) . Munich 1996, ISBN 3-406-41198-3 , p. I 11 ff.
  • Contribution to the discussion on the new regulation of access to the notary's office at the 23rd German Notary Conference in Frankfurt 1989 In: Deutsche Notar-Zeitschrift (DNotZ), 1989, p. 174


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Busse: Obituary for Erhard Senninger . In: NJW , 1997, p. 1295
  2. Kempter, Kopp: Law firms. In: Festschrift for the 125th anniversary of the Bar Association for the Higher Regional Court District of Munich. (PDF; 367 kB) Munich Bar Association, pp. 84 ff. (85 f.).
  3. Information about the law firm .
  4. Information about the association on its website ( memento of the original from November 19, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. As of January 2, 2013 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. Struggle for survival . In: Die Zeit , No. 20/1990, p. 32.
  6. Barriers to Progress . In: Der Spiegel . No. 50 , 1989, pp. 130 ff . ( online ).
  7. Ernst: Personalities . In: Festschrift for the 125th anniversary of the Bar Association for the Higher Regional Court District of Munich (PDF; 367 kB) Bar Association Munich, p. 30 ff. (33 f.).
  8. ^ Stobbe: Obituary for Erhard Senninger.  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 1.7 MB) In: Anwaltsblatt , 1997, issue 2, p. 54 f.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  9. Like Judge Adam . In: Der Spiegel . No. 18 , 1991, p. 32 ( online ).