FREYSCHMIDT - FRINGS - PANANIS - VENN - Verteidiger in Strafsachen
FREYSCHMIDT - FRINGS - PANANIS - VENN - Verteidiger in Strafsachen

Uwe Freyschmidt Attorney-at-lawPartner

Freyschmidt has more than twenty years of experience in dealing with commercial criminal law. He has appeared as an individual defence counsel in numerous cases, of which some have come to public notice, both in and out of the courtroom. He recently defended the former manager of the municipal water works of Leipzig against charges of corruption and breach of trust, an American investment banker against charges of stock market manipulation, and a Bundesliga referee against charges of aiding gambling fraud.

Freyschmidt also advises many companies – from internationally active publicly traded companies to medium-sized limited liability companies. This includes all areas of criminal law, increasingly in the context of conducting internal investigations. He also represents management board members and senior management staff of banks. He has a strong reputation as defence counsel in criminal tax matters (cf. the magazine Wirtschaftswoche 30/2009). Hertha BSC, Berlin's Bundesliga team, regularly recommends Freyschmidt's services.

Freyschmidt also has extensive experience in dealing with doctors' liability in criminal law. He advises hospitals, but also represents both self-employed and hospital staff physicians in individual cases, involving, for example accusations of accounting fraud.


Uwe Freyschmidt was born in Berlin in 1962. After studying law and American studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin, he passed his first state law examination in 1990. Freyschmidt then worked for an international auditing firm. Following his second state law examination, he was admitted to the bar in 1993. In 1998 he received certification as a specialist lawyer in criminal law.

Freyschmidt began his career as a lawyer in the criminal law department of the law office of Danckert, Deus & Meier, where he became a partner in 1998. The criminal law division was spun off and became today's partnership Freyschmidt Frings Pananis Venn after several name changes.


He is the author of many publications, co-authoring, for example, the guidelines for public limited company management board clients published by C.H. Beck (Beck‘sche Mandatshandbuch „Vorstand der AG“). He is the co-editor of the criminal law journal "Strafrechtsreport". He is also often sought out as a lecturer on topics related to (commercial) criminal law. From 2007 to 2012, Freyschmidt taught at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, where he continues to be a visiting lecturer.


Uwe regularly contributes to the legal discourse with specialist articles, comments on decisions and book contributions. A list of his publications can be found here.


In 1998, he was elected to the board of the Berliner Anwaltsverein, the professional association for Berlin lawyers. Since 2002 he has been its second chairman; since 2016 he is its chairman. Since 2016 he is a member of the advisory committee of the Juristische Gesellschaft zu Berlin. Freyschmidt is a member of the committees for criminal law, sports law and traffic law of the Deutscher Anwaltverein as well as of other professional associations (Vereinigung Berliner Strafverteidiger and the Wirtschaftsstrafrechtlichen Vereinigung).

Uwe Freyschmidt
Hausvogteiplatz 10
10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 86 87 59 0
Fax: +49 30 86 87 59 11
E-Mail: u.freyschmidt(at)


Uwe Freyschmidt

Monographien und sonstige Buchbeiträge

  • Der Strafprozess – Strategie und Taktik in der Hauptverhandlung (Hrsg. Rinklin), Kapitel 8: Unterbrechung und Aussetzung in der Hauptverhandlung 2. Aufl. 2019
  • Verteidigung in Straßenverkehrssachen, 12. Auflage (gemeinsam mit Carsten Krumm)
    11. Aufl. 2019 (Freyschmidt/Krumm)
    10. Aufl. 2013 (Freyschmidt/Krumm)
    9. Aufl. 2009 (Freyschmidt)
    8. Aufl. 2005 (Freyschmidt)
    7. Aufl. 2000 (Müller/Freyschmidt)
  • Beck’sches Mandatshandbuch – Vorstand der AG (Hrsg. Lücke/Schaub), § 7 Verantwortung und Risiken II: Strafrechtliche Ermittlungen gegen Vorstandsmitglieder, 2. Aufl. 2010
    1. Aufl. 2004 (Hrsg. Lücke)


  • Nulla Poena sine culpa,
    AnwBl BE 2021, 630
  • Das externe Weisungsrecht gegenüber der Staatsanwaltschaft,
    AnwBl 2020, 97 / AnwBl Online 2020, 113
  • Ultima Ratio? Wenn Straftatbestände die Optionen der Verwaltung beschränken,
    AnwBl 2017, 37
  • Was darf der (Strafrechtsschutz-)Versicherer wissen?,
    StRR 2012, 364 (gemeinsam mit Diana Nadeborn)
  • Mehr Verteidigung im Ermittlungsverfahren?,
    NStZ 2004, 465 (gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. Alexander Ignor)