Andreas Tinhofer is a partner with our firm, and an employment law specialist.

Andreas has been advising employers and managers for 20 years in all employment law matters including employee data protection and company pensions. His expertise encompasses issues such as restructuring and social plan negotiations, working time, independent contractors, employee representative matters (including works agreements), termination of employment, company pensions, post-employment restrictions and posting of workers.

He regularly represents his clients before the Austrian courts and other public authorities (e.g. Ombuds for Equal Treatment, conciliation boards).

Andreas has published numerous articles on various employment law issues (e.g. business transfer, dismissals, service agreements of board members and posting of workers). Since 2009 he has acted as National Correspondent of the international legal journal “European Employment Law Cases” (EELC).

Andreas is a graduate of the University of Vienna (Dr. iur. 2000) and the University of Exeter (LLM 1995), with additional study at the Université Paris II (1992). After graduation, Andreas researched and lectured as an Assistant Professor in employment law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), while frequently speaking at seminars for executives and HR managers.

Andreas Tinhofer is a member of the Vienna Bar Association, the Austrian Society of Employment Law and Social Law, the International Society of Employment Law and Social Law and the European Employment Lawyers’ Association (EELA).

Andreas works in English (fluent) and German (native), with a working knowledge of French and basic Spanish.

Highlights of Andreas’s work include the following:

  • Ongoing, comprehensive advice to an international pharmaceutical group of companies on various aspects of employment law including restructuring and social plans, employee representative matters (works agreements, participation rights of the works council in relocation matters), data protection law, terminations and posting of workers. Andreas also successfully defended one group company against dismissal claims brought by several employees that had been laid-off due to business reasons.
  • Assisting the CEO of an international stock-listed packaging and paper company in negotiating a severance package and advising him on his service agreement with the new company
  • Advising and representing a bank on various issues of employment law including terminations of employment due to prolonged sick leave
  • Advising an international manufacturer headquartered in Austria on the renewal of the European works council and on its plans to divest one of its business units involving information and consultation requirements towards the works council and business transfer rules.
  • Ongoing representation of an Austrian printing company against a former employee in a non-competition case before the employment court including the compensation of damage.
  • Advice to the Chief Science Officer (CSO) of a listed stock-company regarding the renewal of her service agreement
  • Ongoing representation of one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies in a pension case before the employment court where a former male employee claims that the pension scheme discriminates against men.
  • Assisting a large laboratory in the consultation process conducted by the employers’ organisation regarding working time schemes. Andreas is advising this client also on various other employment law issues such as posting of workers and data protection law.
  • Advising a large industrial company on the planned change of its shift-work scheme under the new working time rules
  • Ongoing, comprehensive support of a nursing home operator on various issues of employment including working time and data protection rules

Interested in specific aspects of Andreas’s recent work? Contact office@zeilerfloydzad.com for further reference cases.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, Vienna/Austria (since 2021)
  • Attorney at Law (in cooperation), Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, Vienna/Austria (2020-2021)
  • Attorney at Law (in cooperation), zeiler.partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna/Austria (2020)
  • Partner, MOSATI Rechtsanwälte, Vienna/Austria (2010-2020)
  • Partner, CMS Reich-Rohwig Hainz, Vienna/Austria (2003-2007)
  • Secondment, CMS Cameron McKenna, London/UK (2003)
  • Lecturer, Labour Law Department, Vienna University of Economics and Business (1999-2019)
  • Assistant Professor, Labour Law Department, Vienna University of Economics and Business (1995-1999)
  • Assistant Professor, Labour Law Department, Vienna University of Economics and Business (1993-1994)

Education

  • Austrian Bar Exam (with distinction), Vienna/Austria (2003)
  • Doctor of Law, University of Vienna, Vienna/Austria (2000)
  • LL.M., University of Exeter, Devon/UK (1995)
  • Magister Iuris, University of Vienna, Vienna/Austria (1992)
  • Erasmus Exchange Student, Université Paris II, Paris/France (1992)

Best Lawyers 2022

  • Labour & Employment 2022

Chambers Europe 2021

  • Employment (Austria: Band 1)
  • Key Lawyer - Employment (Austria: Tier 4)
  • Austria: Labour, Employment and Benefits 2020

JUVE 2020

  • Employment Law 2020
    “outstanding reputation”, “excellent”, “very creative, very reliable”

Handelsblatt 2020

  • Austria 2020

Chambers Europe 2020

  • Employment: Austria 2020 (Band 1)
    “Sources continue to single out Andreas Tinhofer as a "very well-connected" figure and "an important person in the market," going on to praise his "brilliant brain and huge expertise." An experienced litigator, he also advises on non-contentious employment law mandates, including restructurings and company pensions issues.”

Best Lawyers 2020

  • Austria 2020

Chambers Europe 2019

  • “Andreas Tinhofer maintains an outstanding market reputation for his broad employment practice, which also covers social law mandates. One interviewee notes his ability to conduct negotiations in a diplomatic manner: "He has a phenomenal ability to bring calm into very tough negotiations.“"

TREND Anwaltsranking 2019

  • Top 10 ranking in the category “Employment Law”

JUVE 2018

  • Recommended - “Employment Law” for Austria