Dr. Sandra Urban-Crell has vast experience across the spectrum of labor and employment law, having handled everything from day-to-day practical advice tailored to her national and international clients’ operational and commercial needs, to complex multi-jurisdictional transactions from strategic planning through post-merger integration. She regularly advises on co-determination matters on the company and board levels, and on outsourcing and restructurings, including negotiations with employee representatives. Sandra is an experienced litigator and has particular knowledge of international assignments, service agreements for board members, managing directors and executive employees (including separation processes), and bonus and benefit plans.

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  • Counseling one of the world-leading retailing groups (stock-listed) on assignment-related and litigation issues
  • Served as one of the lead counsels for a large and well-known retailer in Germany in an insolvency situation on developing and implementing various restructuring measures, and advised the client on necessary mass dismissals (including application procedures with German authorities, litigation, etc.)

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  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ 2021 Germany: Leading Lawyer for Employment and Pension Law
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2020, Recommended Lawyer
  • The Legal 500 Deutschland 2014, “one of Germany’s best employment lawyers”
  • The Best Lawyers in Germany 2019, Employee Benefits Law
  • Member of the McDermott Germany team twice nominated as best employment team of the year by JUVE (2012 and 2008)


  • Specialist Lawyer for Labor & Employment, 2006
  • German Lawyer’s Association, member of Sports Law Committee


Specialist Lawyer for Labor and Employment Law, 2006
Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Second State Exam, 2001
University of Bochum, Dr. jur. (PhD), 2000
University of Bochum, First State Exam, 1998


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Dr. Sandra Urban-Crell

Insights & Events / Media

Cologne, Germany / Speaking Engagements / March 13, 2018

Dortmund, Germany / Speaking Engagements / April 26, 2017

Munich, Germany / Speaking Engagements / April 24, 2017

Munich, Germany / McDermott Event / March 27, 2017

Düsseldorf, Germany / McDermott Event / March 22, 2017

Wuppertal, Germany / Speaking Engagements / March 8, 2017

Der Handel (Germany) / April 11, 2016

Handelsblatt Rechtsboard (Germany) / February 19, 2016

Der Betrieb, Issue 41 / October 9, 2015

Der Betrieb, Issue 24 / June 12, 2015

Der Betrieb, Issue 50 / December 12, 2014