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Michael Hess, LL.M.

Counsel, Certified Specialist SBA Employment Law

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
Löwenstrasse 19

P.O. Box 2201

8021 Zurich

T +41 44 215 5252
D +41 44 215 9317
F +41 44 215 5200

German, English

T +41 44 215 5252
D +41 44 215 9317
F +41 44 215 5200

Michael Hess is a Counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer's Corporate and Commercial Group as well as its Litigation Practice Group. He focuses on employment law and on international and domestic commercial litigation.

Practice Areas / Sectors and Industries

Expertise and Experience

  • Advises domestic and foreign clients in all employment law matters (draft and review employment agreements, employee handbooks, termination agreements, individual and collective dismissals, business transfers, international employee transfers, remuneration and bonus schemes, non-compete covenants)
  • Represents parties in disputes and court proceedings involving a broad range of matters, including employment law, derivatives (ISDA Master Agreement), (re)insurance, mergers and acquisitions, unfair competition, white collar crime as well as public procurement


Professional Experience
Senior Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate in a law firm in St. Gallen
Trainee Clerk with a district court in the Canton of St.Gallen

Education and Admission
Certificate of Advanced Studies in Labor and Employment Law, University of Zurich
Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Business Law, London School of Economics
Bar Admission in Switzerland
Licentiate in Law from the University of St. Gallen (lic. iur. HSG)

Selected Publications

Vertragsfreiheit statt Sozialschutz bei sehr hohen Einkommen
Besprechung des Urteils des Bundesgerichts 4A_653/2014 vom 11. August 2015, zur Publikation vorgesehen. In: Jusletter 18. Januar 2016
Die Verdachtskündigung
Zürcher Wirtschaft 9/2017