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Holger Siegwart

International law Attorney at Burlingame, CA

4.9   67 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Holger

Learn Holger’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. International law
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    German Law; German Business Law, e.g. business formation in Germany, doing business in Germany, invest in Germany, product placement in Germany; German Employment Law, e.g. hire and fire and employee rights in Germany, inependent contractor under German Law; German Corporate Law, e.g. LLC in Germany, incorporate a business in Germany; debt collection in Germany; German Estate Law, e.g. probate in Germany, intestate succession and elective shares under German Law, German Estate Tax, German will

    27 years

Licensed and experieced in both Germany and California, specializing in German Law and German-American legal issues, disputes, and solutions.

Multilingual attorney licensed in Germany and the US (California) with offices in Burlingame (SFO), CA, USA.

Senior advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham) for California and the Western United States.

One of very few attorneys worldwide with several years of attorney and courtroom experience in both Germany and the US, in addition to attorney license in both countries. International experience spans more than a decade.

 

 

Location

SIEGWART GERMAN AMERICAN LAW Inc.
San Francisco Airport Office
1799 Bayshore Highway Ste. 150 B&C
Burlingame, CA, 94010

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Sonja | September 16, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional
Holger Siegwart is not only an expert who is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, informed and professional , but also a genuinely honest, kind, and helpful attorney and person. He is exceptionally responsive, attentive, and generous with his time and truly cares about his clients’ circumstances and outcome. He is an expert in both US and German law. I would highly recommend his firm.
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Posted by Thorsten | July 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service
Very happy about Siegwart German American Law helping me with matters related to German citizenship which were resolved much faster than expected. I experienced courteous, effective, and successful service and a great team to work with. Highly recommend.
Posted by Marjana | May 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
German citizenship matters
I found Mr. Siegwart's law practice by accident online but could not have been more pleased with my experience. The matter was retention of German citizenship and the team was helpful, professional, and extremely responsive. They were very pleasant to work with and always happy to answer my questions. The successful conclusion of the matter was icing on the cake! I would highly recommend the law practice.
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Posted by Gisela | March 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Even though I live in New York, I decided to engage Holger Siegwart German American Law on the West Coast because they had successfully helped my son, who lives in California. The process of Wiedereinbuergerung went very smoothly. Mr. Siegwart’s team always answered my questions promptly. I had been warned that the Bundesverwaltungsamt might take 3 years to come to a decision, but it only took 1 year to get a positive answer. I give them my highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional knowledge in US German law
Mr. Siegwart has exceptional knowledge in US German law and he exceeded all my expectations. I was very impressed at his detailed knowledge and capability to answer all my questions which consisted of a broad variety of topics within the German US law arena. I highly recommend Mr. Siegwart and valued his rare combination of expertise and approachability.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Citizenship matter
A project dealing with citizenship that normally would take 18 months or more was completed in 6 months due to the firm's expertise and efficiency.
Posted by Dieter | May 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Obtaining proof of German CitizenshipHighy beaurocratic process
Highly beaurocratic process by German Government but Holget knew his way around and had the financial ability to hang in there for 5 years and "got er done"!. Dieter
Posted by Marco | January 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended, don't look any further.
I engaged Mr. Siegwart to guide me through the process of obtaining my Beibehaltungsgenehmigung to acquire dual citizenship. The process could not have been any smoother or faster. Communication was clear and swift without exception. Mr. Siegwart is assisted by a world-class team, which added significant value.
Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very professional
I contacted Mr. Siegwart with questions regarding dual citizenship and he right away provided valuable information regarding my situation. It was a good experience and I would certainly recommend Mr. Siegwart.
Posted by Rainer | May 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Regelung von Schadensersatzansprüchen
Herr Rechtsanwalt Siegwart hat durch sein langjähriges und beharrliches Bemühen ein für mich recht gutes Ergebnis erzielt. Ich danke ihm ganz herzlich dafür. Ohne seinen Rechtsbeistand hätte ich das sicher nicht lösen können. Gerade für einen deutschen Touristen wie mich ist Herr Rechtsanwalt Siegwart für die Regelung der Schadensersatzansprüche infolge eines Motorradunfalls in Kalifornien absolut zu empfehlen.
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Posted by Robert | October 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent German / American International Law Attorney!!!
I am a dual U.S. / E.U. (Germany) citizen and I am about to travel to Germany in a few days. A relative of mine in Germany threatened to file an inheritance claim against me and seize/freeze my financial assets the moment I set foot in Germany. I wasn’t sure if this legal threat would be carried out but I wanted to have a clear understanding of German law before my trip so that I could travel with peace of mind. There aren’t many attorneys in the U.S. with Mr. Siegwart’s expertise in German American law and Mr. Siegwart’s name and law firm seemed to come up and over and over when I initially tried to research the issue. I could not find a definitive answer and so I emailed Mr. Siegwart two days before my trip. Not only did Mr. Siegwart promptly reply my inquiry which I submitted on his website, he also called my cell phone directly. I am an attorney myself and I rarely meet attorneys as nice, polite and incredibly knowledgeable as Mr. Siegwart. Not only was Mr. Siegwart able to answer my concerns and questions in a way that I could easily understand his legal explanation, he able to put my fears to rest and I can now travel with peace of mind and enjoy my vacation (and hopefully resolve some on-going family drama). Thank you Mr. Siegwart!
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Posted by Nick | June 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Long and convoluted process
I contacted Mr. Siegwart in regards to a "simple" inheritance house sale from Germany. After contacting the opposing law firm we discovered that this was being disputed by a third party and involved two other law firms. Mr. Siegward was able to negotiate a very favorable out come for me. His persistence in this matter is commendable. Thank you very much.
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
Mr. Siegwart was very helpful. He responded to a quick question and was very professional and generous with his time. He seems like an excellent resource.
Posted by Inge | January 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick and thorough assistance
I contacted Mr. Siegwart through his website and received a response from him the next day and asked for additional information. He also called. When we finally connected via phone he asked a few additional questions. He immediately provided me with information and the text to include in a letter to request the Pflichtteil in an inheritance matter. He was very courteous. I had contact a different German/American attorney more local to my area but never received a response. If the need arises for my to hire a German/American attorney he will be at the top of my list. Thank you for the quick and thorough assistance.
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Posted by Kerstin | August 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I thought It wasn't going to be easy....
BUT, I was pleasantly surprised. I went through the "Beibehaltungs Genehmigung" in order to keep my German citizenship. I thought it was a lot of paper work and back and forth and lots of aggravation, etc., to apply for the Beibehaltungs Genehmigung. However, I can only say that I am still flabbergasted how easy it was. I knew exactly what to expect and what to do since I was provided with a list of items to take care of at the first free consultation. From then on, everything was getting even easier. Everyone in Mr. Siegwart's office was very attentive and the application went through pretty quickly. I felt taken care of and NEVER frustrated. Thank you all so much for making this whole process such a positive one. Many, many Thanks. Kerstin
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Posted by Kathrin | July 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Holger Siegwart and his team are highly recommendable. They are extremely informative, friendly and patient. The initial consultation regarding a Beibehaltungsgenehmigung was in depth and concise. The turnaround time between me submitting the necessary documents, the application, and the actual receipt of the certificate was unbelievable. Absolutely worth every penny. I will certainly use their services again if in need.
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Posted by Richard | July 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Siegwart Law exceeds expectations
If you have German/American legal questions, then Siegwart Law is the way to go. I was very impressed with the thoroughness and level of knowledge of Mr. Siegwart and his legal team. I was kept well informed at all stages of the engagement and everything was done above expectations. I would highly recommend his firm to any person with German and American legal matters.
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Posted by Mary | May 24, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent lawyer - highly recommend
I consulted with Mr. Siegwart about a small piece of land in Germany that my brothers and I had inherited and now wished to sell. Living in the U.S. and not familiar with German inheritance and property laws, I knew I needed to seek the advice of an attorney. After researching attorneys on the internet, I chose Mr. Siegwart based upon his background in German law and the very positive internet reviews. It was the best choice I could have made. Mr. Siegwart is very knowledgeable and was easily able to answer all of the many questions I had about the inheritance process and the process of selling real estate in Germany. He has provided me with excellent information and guidance. His rate is reasonable and he was very kind not to charge for a follow up phone call when I had a few additional questions. I highly recommend him and am very grateful for his help.
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Posted by Bianca | May 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer for Duel citizen ship
After been taking advantage of in Seattle from an Immigration lawyer I found Holger on AVVO .com website and I have been very satisfied with communication via phone, emails and answering my question. The process went very well and overall superb service. I would highly recommend Holger Siegwart to anyone who needs an Immigration lawyer.
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Posted by Volkmar | May 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
German Beibehaltungsgenehmigung
Holger Siegwart and his team did an excellent job in securing me the German Beibehaltungsgenehmigung very quickly and without any complications. The Siegwart team acted very professional, extremely knowledgeable and highly flexible. They also have been very patient with my own tardiness in compiling all the needed paperwork on my side. To any German living in the US and trying to apply for a dual citizenship, I would highly recommend Siegwart Law! I am very satisfied with their service! My sincere thanks to the whole team!!
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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • SIEGWART GERMAN AMERICAN LAW
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Litigation Firm San Francisco Bay Area
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Legal Aid
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Partner/Shareholder
  • International Law Firm in Germany
  • 1999 - 2006
  • Law Clerk and Hearing Representative
  • State Supreme Court, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 1997 - 1999
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Education

  • University of Heidelberg School of Law
  • German JD Equivalent with Distinction
  • 1997

Associations

  • German -American Business Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • German Roundtable San Francisco
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, International Law
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • San Francisco Barristers Club - International Practice Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Germany
  • Senior Advisor for California and the US West
  • 2010 - Present
  • International Section - State Bar of California
  • 2007 - Present
  • Rechtsanwaltskammer (Bar) Karlsruhe /Germany
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • English
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Honors and Awards

  • Wiley W. Manual Award
  • State Bar of California
  • 2007

Publications

  • Nordamerikanische Wochenpost
  • German Estate and Probate Law 1
  • 2010
  • Nordamerikanische Wochenpost
  • German Estate and Probate Law 2
  • 2010
  • Nordamerikanische Wochenpost
  • German Estate and Probate Law 3
  • 2010
  • Nordamerikanische Wochenpost
  • German Estate and Probate Law 4
  • 2010
  • Nordamerikanische Wochenpost
  • German Estate and Probate Law 5
  • 2010
  • Nordamerikanische Wochenpost
  • German Estate and Probate Law 6
  • 2010
  • KiTa-Recht
  • German Employment Law
  • 2003
  • KiTa-Recht
  • German Employment Law II
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Mobbinginitiative Karlsruhe
  • Workplace Rights and Employer Duties under German Employment Law
  • 2005
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Probate Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Siegwart is the attorney to call on for transnational legal issues involving US law, on one hand, and German/Austrian/Swiss law, on the other. I'm an attorney and I sought his advice on an issue that arose in a probate proceeding in Vienna. Austrian counsel was stuck on a choice of law issue, and Mr. Siegwart was familiar with the problem and gave us expert counsel on how to break the log jam we were facing."
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