Michael Halstenberg

Lawyer, Ministerialdirektor a. D.

About Michael Halstenberg

Michael Halstenberg held positions at state and federal ministries for over 20 years, most recently as Head of Department at the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs. He has been active as a lawyer since 2009 and joined the Kopp-Assenmacher & Nusser law firm in 2018. Aside from construction product law, his specialisations also include engineering and architecture law as well as building regulations and zoning law. He predominantly advises companies in the real estate industry, construction product manufacturers, including their trade associations, and various ministries. Michael Halstenberg is a member of various expert commissions, has held the position of deputy chairman of the board of the German Society for Construction Law since 2006, gives numerous lectures and publishes regularly on the subjects of his main areas of practice.

Practice Areas

Products – market access & liability
Real estate industry
Planning and projects
Legislation and standardisation
Climate protection and energy transition

Career and range of consulting services

Michael Halstenberg obtained his law degree from the University of Cologne. After completing his legal clerkship, he joined the fiscal authority of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1988, he transferred to the Ministry of Urban Development, Housing and Transport of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). He was appointed EU consultant for the German Building Ministers’ Conference in 1999. In the period 2004 to 2009, Michael Halstenberg held the position of Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Industry and Federal Buildings at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, Berlin. He was admitted to the bar in 2009 and has since specialised in construction law. Michael Halstenberg joined the Kopp-Assenmacher & Nusser law firm in early 2018.

He advises construction product manufacturers and their trade associations in all matters concerning legally secure market access and product liability. In specific, he oversees building projects carried out by real estate companies and advises ministries on construction law issues, including building regulations law, construction product law and the law pertaining to energy savings in buildings.