Juris Doctor, Münster University, Federal Republic Germany, 1976. Master of Laws, Yale University, 1979.
Assistant to professor, Institute for Labor Law and Business Law, U. Münster, 1978; associate, Gurland Schlütter Lüer, Cologne, Federal Republic Germany, 1979-1981; associate, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, New York City, Washington, Paris, 1981-1983; partner, Triebel Weil Elsing, Düsseldorf, Federal Republic Germany, 1983-1989; partner, Hölters & Elsing, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Berlin, since 1989.
Member German Bar Association, American Bar Association, International Bar Association, German American Lawyers Association Association International des Jeunes Avocats (president 1990-1991).
Married Bettina, December 15, 1979. Children: Alexander, Caroline, Charlotte.