Theodor   Bruening


Phone: 212.380.4111
Fax: 212.545.1656
Mailing: 10 East 40th Street ,
35th Floor , New York , NY   10016
Linkedin: Theodor Bruening


Theo is a business attorney and litigator whose work covers all aspects of national and international litigation and arbitration. His practice is dispute resolution in construction, architectural, employment, and commercial cases on the local, national, and international level covering issues such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, contract rights, defamation, discrimination, unjust enrichment, and negligence. He represents architects, design professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, and their businesses.

Theo’s dispute resolution experience ranges from jury trials in the New York state courts over appellate practice in the federal circuit courts to national and international mediation and arbitration cases. He has represented clients from several countries in U.S. and international venues and is a member of Offit Kurman’s Commercial Litigation and International Practice Groups as well as the Employee Mobility Team. He also advises on immigration law in both employer and family-based immigration applications and is active in the pro bono community in New York.

Theo is a native of Germany, a graduate of Columbia Law School in New York, and a double graduate of Oxford University in England; in addition to his New York practice, he is trained as a UK barrister and is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London. He prides himself on building close relationships with his clients, building a deep understanding of their needs, and working efficiently and effectively to achieve their ends – whether by litigation, arbitration, mediation, or negotiation and settlement.


Prior to joining the firm, Theodor practiced in the Arabian Gulf at the British barrister’s chamber McNair Chambers in international arbitration in shipping, telecommunication, construction, fraud, and banking disputes where he frequently offered guidance to in-house counsel, business professionals, and line-of-business leaders. He also authored publications on the Qatar Financial Center and held public speaking engagements concerning sovereign wealth funds and international arbitration.


  • Fluent in German
  • Conversational in French and Spanish


  • Arbitration of M&A Transactions: A Global Practical Guide, First Edition, a chapter on UK law, Globe Law and Business, ISBN: 9781905783939

Education & Admissions

  • Oxford University, M.A. (2012)
  • BPP Law School, London, BVC (2010)
  • Columbia University School of Law, LL.M. (2009)
  • Oxford University, LL.B. (J.D. equivalent) (2007)
  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • England and Wales (Unregistered Barrister)


  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London, Member
  • Fellow at Howarth & Smith Oxford - Cambridge Fellowship


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