Hendrik Muschal

Partner/Certified Specialist for Employment Law Berlin

Hendrik Muschal is a partner in Ogletree Deakins’ Berlin office.  As an acknowledged and experienced expert, he advises numerous German and international clients on all aspects of individual employment law, collective employment law in both the private and public sector, international employment law and criminal labor law. 

One of the focal points of Hendrik’s work regarding global HR management is innovative personnel cost optimization and data protection. As an expert in data protection law, Hendrik Muschal is co-chair of the Ogletree Deakins Data Privacy Practice Group and supports companies in national and international data protection issues.

Hendrik is strongly involved in international business activities, particularly in the field of international investments and cross-border transactions as well as global HR management.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Hendrik was a partner at the international law firm Beiten Burkhardt as well as Partner and co-chair of the global employment law practice group at Dentons (formerly Salans LLP).

Hendrik Muschal speaks German and English fluently.


  • Giving employment law advice to employers in the context of national and cross-border activities from various industries and sectors, i.e., software industry, banking industry, recycling and waste management industry, energy sector, metal industry, real estate sector and public/private health care sector.
  • Designing data privacy/protection policies for multinational German and US-based clients, supporting clients during implementation of global HR tools using cloud solution service providers, and tailoring solutions to help clients meet EU data protection requirements, including those involving the Safe Harbor Principles, EU Standard Clauses, and Binding Corporate Rules.
  • Advising the public administration on employment law with a focus on restructuring overflow staff, adapting work places, modifying remuneration collective agreements and agreed pay scale classifications, etc.
  • Recognized and renowned expert on personnel cost optimization in all industries/sectors at national and international level.
  • Employment law litigation before all German Labor Courts.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Co-Chair Ogletree Deakins Data Privacy Practice Group
  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member of the German Bar Association (“DAV/Berliner Anwaltsverein”)
  • Membership at the Institute for Labour Law Berlin and Bochum e.V. (“Institut für Arbeitsrecht Berlin und Bochum e.V.”)


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Pitfalls and Action Items as the General Data Protection Regulation Becomes Effective'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins - Business Breakfast - ''Effects of the new data protection law for human resources - peculiarities in handling employee data in accordance with the German Data Protection Ordinance (DSGVO)'' - Berlin - April 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins - After-Work-Shop - ''Effects of the new data protection law for human resources - peculiarities in handling employee data in accordance with the German Data Protection Ordinance (DSGVO)'' - Berlin - April 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins GDPR Privacy Workshop in cooperation with TrustArc - ''Complying with the EU General Data Protection Regulation for HR Data'' - Atlanta/Berlin - November 2017
  • VBKI - Association of Berlin Merchants and Industrialists - ''Siri, how secure are my data? 6 topics - 6 forms - 6 tastes. "Ideas Dinner"'' - Berlin - July 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Evolving International Trends: Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-Based Work, Crowd Work, and More'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017
  • HR Houston: Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues - ''Transferring HR Data From The EU'' - Houston - May 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Doing Business in Germany II - Works Council & Labor Union'' - September 2016
  • Webinar HR Houston - ''Transferring HR Data Under the EU U.S. Privacy Shield'' - August 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Transferring HR Data Under the EU U.S. Privacy Shield'' - July 2016
  • Verein Berliner Kaufleute und Industrieller - ''„Digital-Reflexionen": 6 Themen– 6 Formen– 6 Geschmäcker. Ein "Ideen-Dinner“'' - Berlin - April 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''EU-US Privacy Shield To Replace Safe Harbor: What Multinational Employers Need To Know'' - April 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Counsel Exclusive - ''Doing Business in the European Union - Implementation of a global HR tool in Germany'' - Phoenix - November 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins - After-Work-Shop - ''Almost one year minimum wage! The most important findings in practice and jurisprudence'' - Berlin - September 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The Internet of Things: Data Privacy Considerations for Employers'' - San Antonio - May 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Strategies for Effective Collaboration on Cross-Border Labor and Employment Issues'' - Chicago - May 2015


Published Works


Our Insights

Working Party Confirms That Employers of All Sizes Must Maintain Article 30 Records of Processing for Human Resources Data

May 09, 2018

EU Regulator Discusses Enforcement Priorities for the GDPR

April 04, 2018

The Highest Risk Area for GDPR Compliance: Processing HR Data

December 04, 2017

EU Commission’s First Annual Review Confirms Adequacy of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

October 20, 2017

EU Regulators Issue an Updated Opinion on Processing Data in the Workplace

July 27, 2017

The Countdown Begins for GDPR Compliance for EU Human Resources Data

May 30, 2017

The Top 5 International Data Privacy Issues for Employers in 2017

February 03, 2017

Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield to Replace the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework

January 22, 2017

EU Commission Adopts EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

July 13, 2016

New Agreement on Privacy Shield Set to Become Final in Early July

June 27, 2016

European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce Publish Details Regarding the EU-US Privacy Shield

March 07, 2016

EU Extends "Qualified" Moratorium on Enforcement Actions for Data Transfers to the U.S.

February 04, 2016

Current Status of EU Data Transfers and Recommended Next Steps for Former Safe Harbor Companies

November 20, 2015

The Schrems Saga Continues: Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority Revokes Transfer Authorizations

October 22, 2015

The Fallout from the Schrems Decision Continues

October 19, 2015

European Court of Justice Invalidates European Commission’s Safe Harbor Decision

October 06, 2015


Media Quotes

May 15, 2018 - SHRM Online - "3 GDPR Compliance Steps Explained"