Mrs. Kerstin Oetjen was born in Hameln on 26 July 1958. She studied law, philosophy and music in Frankfurt am Main and did scientific work for the Chair of Criminal Law and Criminology of Prof. Lüderssen already as a student. She made scientific contributions to the following works of Prof. Dr. Lüderssen: Commentary on the provisions of criminal defence in Großkommentar zur Strafprozessordnung Loewe-Rosenberg as well as the Monograph on Regierungskriminalität (Government Crime) published by Suhrkamp.
During her period of practical legal training after the First State Examination in law Mrs. Oetjen also worked for the Chair of Prof. Lüderssen.
From 1995 -1997 Mrs. Oetjen was employed as defence lawyer in the office of the lawyer and notary public Bertram Börner in Hanover, where her practice areas were mainly criminal law relating to economic and fiscal offences as well as medical malpractice. Moreover she was entrusted with cases before the Schwurgericht (court sitting with 3 professional and 2 lay judges) and with the defence in cases relating to disciplinary law, civil service law, and the professional laws governing lawyers, tax consultants and physicians.
From 1995 -1997 Mrs. Oetjen was employed as defence lawyer in the office of the lawyer and notary public Bertram Börner in Hanover, in the areas of criminal law relating to economic and fiscal offences as well as medical malpractice. Moreover she was entrusted with cases before the Schwurgericht (court sitting with 3 professional and 2 lay judges) and with the defence in cases relating to disciplinary law, civil service law, professional law of lawyers, tax consultants and physicians.
From 1997 – 1999 Mrs. Oetjen worked in the Law Office of Rainer Endriß in Freiburg, where she was mainly responsible for the defence in offences against the Narcotics Act.
In January 1998 she was awarded the qualification “Fachanwältin für Strafrecht” (Specialist in Criminal Law). In August 2014 she acquired another professional qualification as “Certified Counsellor in Law Regarding Fiscal Offences” (DAA).
In September 1999 Mrs. Oetjen set up her own law office in Freiburg-Wiehre. She specializes in criminal defence and works throughout Germany in this field and the secondary fields of criminal law. She also represents her clients before the European Commission on Human Rights in Strasbourg and the Court of Justice of the European Communities in Luxembourg.
Key areas of her work are criminal law relating to medical malpractice, environmental, economic and fiscal offences.
Mrs. Oetjen contributed articles to the law journal Strafverteidiger etc.. The Deutsche Anwalt Verlag published a guide on detention pending trial under the title “Leitfaden zur Untersuchungshaft” worked out by her and Rainer Endriß as co-authors for clients and their families, which was translated into 7 languages. In September 2002 the Otto Schmidt Publishing House published a handbook on criminal law for lawyers, for which Mrs. Oetjen wrote the chapter “Criminal law relating to sexual offences” together with the lawyer Dr. Malek.
In 2013 the publishing house C.F. Müller published AnwaltFormulare, a work of more than 1000 pages, in which Mrs. Oetjen was responsible for the chapters Narcotics Law and Publicity.
At present she is writing a book on criminal law dealing with illicit drugs.
As an experienced lawyer Mrs. Oetjen was a lecturer at the J.-W.-Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main where she taught advanced students in the subjects Criminal Law and Law on Criminal Procedure together with Prof. Lüderssen and Prof. Fabricius. She also gave lectures for lawyers and tax consultants on topics of criminal, fiscal and professional law.
Mrs Oetjen was featured as one of the leading criminal defenders in the October/November 2014 special edition of FOCUS magazine, “Germany’s Top Lawyers”, which lists her under the category “frequently recommended by colleagues” (page 73). The magazine also includes a four-page article about her on page 52 (et seq).
She speaks English and French and lived several years abroad.
Mrs. Oetjen is a member of Deutscher Anwaltsverein (German Lawyers’ Association), its study group on criminal law, Baden-Württembergischer Strafverteidiger e.V. and the Committee on Risk Prevention Law of the German Lawyers’ Association (DAV) in Berlin. She has been Chairwoman of the Working Group on Criminal Law of the Freiburg Lawyers’ Association for many years and has served as a judge of the Bar Court of the Freiburg Bar Association since 1 January 2008.
She is a member of the Freiburg Bar Association, Bertholdstrasse 44, 79098 Freiburg, Tel. +49 761 32563, which is also the competent supervisory authority.
For the professional regulations (Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung [Federal Code of Lawyers], Bundesrechtsanwaltsgebührenordnung [Federal Code of Lawyers’ Fees] and Berufsordnung der Rechtsanwälte [Professional Code of Conduct for Lawyers]) see www.brak.de.