Dr. Bernd Schmidt

Dr. Bernd Schmidt, LL.M. (Auckland)

Lawyer, certified Data Protection Officer (GDDcert.), and CIPP/E

+49 40 609 44 190

Bernd is a founding partner. He advises on any data protection and IT law matters and is assigned as Data Protection Officer for various companies. Clients value in particular his experience as external Data Protection Officer and his hands on advisory approach.

Before founding PLANIT // LEGAL, Bernd worked as Attorney at Law for the “Practice Group IT Commercial, Outsourcing” in the Munich office of Bird & Bird and as Attorney at Law and external Data Protection Officer in a boutique law firm for data protection law.

Bernd studied law at the Universities of Hannover, Lausanne and Münster. He made his postgraduate studies in commercial law (LL.M.) at the University of Auckland and his Ph.D. studies at the chair of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Taeger, University of Oldenburg. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on “Compliance in Corporate Entities” (Compliance in Kapitalgesellschaften). During his Ph.D. studies Bernd was member of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) graduate school “Trustsoft”.

Bernd was legal clerk (Rechtsreferendar) at the Bremen Court of Appeal (Oberlandesgericht). During his legal clerkship he worked, inter alia, for the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (Hamburgischer Beauftragter für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit) and the IT/IP groups of Taylor Wessing in Hamburg and Simonsen Advkatfirma in Oslo.

Bernd is member of the EuroPrivacy Certification Board of Experts and  teaches at the PLANIT // ACADEMY.

Bernd is fluent in German, English and Norwegian.

  • Data Protection Officer (GDDcert.)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E)