Claudia Hess

Managing Partner

Claudia Hess joined Urwantschky Dangel Borst in April 2007 and became a partner in 2012.

She graduated from the law school of the University of Passau and completed a law and language education in English, French and Chinese law. She completed her legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court Nuremberg. Moreover, she has studied at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and has worked in Beijing for a German-Chinese law firm and a German automobile manufacturer as well as for the Sichuan-American Chamber of Commerce in Chengdu, China.

In the firm, Claudia handles cases for airlines and their insurers worldwide related to German and EU law. She provides advice and assistance out of court and she represents her clients in court proceedings and in proceedings initiated by administrative bodies.

Claudia deals with cases and queries involving liability and regulatory issues, compliance, commercial, contractual and data protection matters as well as claims related to EU regulations and international treaties. She also represents airlines in cases initiated by consumer protection agencies. Claudia drafts and reviews terms and conditions as well as data protection policies and assists airlines in complying with the requirements of ETS. She also provides advice on the legal landscape concerning drones.

Claudia Hess is fluent in German, English, French and Chinese (Mandarin).

Claudia is regularly invited as a speaker and panelist to international air law conferences. She is recommended as an aviation lawyer in various legal publications such as Who's Who Legal, Legal 500 etc. In 2015 and 2016, she was nominated a Rising Star by Expert Guides – Aviation and in 2019 and 2020, she was nominated a Thought Leader by Who's Who Legal.

She regularly writes articles in air law publications and contributes to legal guides on aviation law.

Areas of Expertise:
Aviation Law
Transportation Law
Chinese Law
Data Protection Law

German, English, French, Chinese

Claudia Hess regularly gives presentations and holds seminars in aviation law and and data protection law, amongst others

IATA Legal Symposium
Royal Aeronautic Society
LUISS Air Law Conference
GTDT Aviation Law News Conference
WALA Airport Law Conference

Professional Affiliations:
EALA (European Air Law Association)
IAWA (International Aviation Womens Association)
SFDAS (Société Française de Droit Aérien et Spatial)
Deutscher Anwaltverein (DAV) - German Lawyer's Association
Deutsch-Chinesische Juristenvereinigung (DCJV) – Association of German and Chinese Jurists


"Aviation Law" (2019, 2020), ICLG (International Comparative Legal Guide) – co-author

"Aviation Liability" (2018, 2019, 2020), Lexology GTDT – co-author

"Drone Regulation 2020" (2019), Lexology GTDT – co-author

"IATA Liability Reporter" (2013-2020) – co-author

"Lexology Aviation Navigator" – co-author

"Expert Guides Aviation" (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019), Euromoney Trading Ltd. – co-author

"The Aviation Law Review" (1.-6. edition, 2013-2018), Law Business Research Ltd. London – co-author

"The Official Guide to Aircraft Registration" (2018), Corporate Jet Investor – co-author

Recension on „Die Luftverkehrshaftung nach dem Recht der Volksrepublik China" by Matthias Geyer in ZLW, 2017

„Aviation Finance" (1st edition 2016), Thomson Reuters – co-author

Expert Guides Rising Stars (2015) – co-author

Claudia Hess

Contact details

Claudia Hess

Urwantschky Dangel Borst
Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

Insel 1
89231 Neu-Ulm

Tel.: +49 (0)731 70 70 941
Fax: +49 (0)731 70 70 999



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