Studied law in Heidelberg, Lausanne, Bonn and Munich from 1974 to 1981. Qualified as a lawyer in 1983 following legal clerkships (Referendariat) in Munich and Berlin. Obtained doctorate at the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2004.
Practicing as a specialist criminal lawyer since 1998.
Alongside activities as a criminal defence lawyer and legal advisor, is the External Ombudsman for Deutsche Bahn AG and KPMG.
Constitutional Court Judge, State of Berlin (Richterin am Verfassungsgerichtshof des Landes Berlin).
Takes part as an expert in hearings of the German Parliament and the European Commission, and advises the EU commission on matters regarding EU criminal law.
As a member and European representative of the Criminal Law Committee of the German Law Society, has written many statements about planned statutes. Member of the European Law Committee of the German Federal Bar, and as the Representative of the German legal profession in the Criminal Law Committee of the CCBE (Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe) gives her opinions on European legal policy.
On the executive committee of the Berlin Bar Association from 1999 to 2011, president from 2004 to 2009.
Manager of the organization bureau of the Associations of Defence Lawyers from 2000 to 2004.
Representative of the Berlin legal profession at the judicial selection committee of the State of Berlin from 2012 to 2016.
Co-editor of New Journal of Criminal Law (NStZ); on the advisory board of the Journal of Economic Criminal Law and Liability in the company (ZWH) and is co-author of the books "On Judicial Assistance in Criminal Matters" (2014 Nomos), "Commercial Criminal Law and Criminal Tax Law" (2017 Nomos) and the Erbs / Kohlhaas "Strafrechtliche Nebengesetze".
In addition, has published essays and decision notes in the field of criminal law and law governing the professional conduct of lawyers.
Lecturing activities cover criminal issues, for example "Problems with Criminal Proceedings in Economic Criminal Procedures" at the annual conference of the Neue Zeitschrift für Strafrecht, as well as other legal themes, such as "Judicial Independence and the Professional Code of Ethics as seen by the Legal Profession" at the Brandenburg Academy for Justice.
Memberships: Association of Berlin Criminal Defence Lawyers, German Bar Association (DAV), European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA).
Dr. Margarete Gräfin von Galen
Fachanwältin für Strafrecht
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