About Me

I am a strategic advisor and litigator for life science and media clients at the crossroads of IP and sector-specific regulation. Modified-risk tobacco, medicinal cannabis, online games, gambling, music and TV – this is a snapshot of my current practice.

My practice focuses on clients in the life sciences sector and in the media and communications industries – highly regulated businesses in which communication plays a crucial role. Just as the media, the life science sector between pharmaceuticals, recreational products and foodstuffs is shaped by a dense set of rules and regulations which impact both product compliance and related communication, advertising and claims.

I advise these highly-regulated life science and media businesses on unfair competition, copyright and media law, and cover sector-specific regulatory issues, including under EU and constitutional law. I assist clients with the roll-out of new media offerings, drugs and consumer products, related communication, reputation management, claims and advertising, and litigate such cases in civil and administrative courts.

In the life sciences sector, I advise and represent food and tobacco manufacturers as well as manufacturers of cannabis for medicinal and non-medicinal purposes on advertising, communication, including libel and free speech, and on regulatory issues. On the media side, I act for music businesses and collecting societies, online games publishers and TV stations on copyright, and represent gambling clients in regulatory disputes.

I lecture on Intellectual Property and Digital Media at the University of Regensburg and teach bar exam classes at the State Government of Bavaria.
Education

Studied

  • Legal studies at the Ruhr University of Bochum
  • Journalism studies at the Universities of Dortmund and Bordeaux, M.A. (Diplom)
  • Ph.D. summa cum laude in broadcasting law from the Faculty of Law at Ruhr University of Bochum
  • LL.M. from Columbia Law School in New York
  • Legal clerkship in Berlin and Brussels (Court of Appeal Berlin), including at the Foreign Office and at the European Commission

Admissions

  • Admitted to the German bar in 2006
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Listed as one of the Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers

Cannabis Law Report & Cannabis Law Journal, 2020

Dr. N. Lutzhöft, high level of expertise, creative solutions, trusting cooperation.

Legal 500 Germany, 2022

Recommended in the field of Litigation

Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers, 2022

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