Dr. Sandra Urban-Crell - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Sandra Urban-Crell advises national and international companies in all matters of individual and collective labor law. She has many years of experience not only in providing ongoing employment law advice to human resources and legal departments but also in assisting with corporate transactions, restructurings, outsourcing measures, mass layoffs, secondments, disputes with employee representatives under employment law and collective bargaining law, as well as the design and employment law implementation of variable compensation programs.

In addition, Sandra Urban-Crell advises companies and executives on the conclusion and termination of service and employment contracts with board members, managing directors and employees, including litigation before labor and civil courts.

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Sandra advised:

  • A leading, listed US clothing manufacturer (transaction volume of approx. EUR 400 million) and a listed Swiss group of companies from the chemical industry (transaction volume of approx. EUR 270 million) on employment law issues in connection with M&A transactions
  • A market leader in the real estate industry on all day-to-day labor and employment matters, including litigation (in particular, termination processes) and advice on service contracts of board representatives
  • A well-known German retail company with a nationwide branch network on insolvency employment law issues, including the planning and implementation of nationwide restructuring and staff reduction measures in the context of mass layoff proceedings
  • One of the world-leading retailing groups (stock-listed) on assignment-related and litigation issues


  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™, “Lawyer of the Year” in Germany: Employee Benefits Law, 2024
  • The Legal 500 EMEA, Recommended, Germany: Employment Law, 2024
  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™, Germany: Employee Benefits Law, 2018-2024
  • The Legal 500 EMEA, Recommended, Germany: Employment Law (“Dr. Gudrun Germakowski and Dr. Sandra Urban understand how to advise beyond the boundaries of the specific individual mandate and how to keep an eye not only on short-term success but also on medium- to long-term effects.”), 2020


  • German Lawyer’s Association, member of Labor Law Committee
  • 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., 2000
University of Bochum, First State Exam, 1998


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