Dr. Geertje Tutschka


Lawyers are my passion. Personal development and company development are my specialities. I have been a lawyer in Germany, Austria and the USA for 25 years, advising and supporting law firms, tax consulting firms and legal corporate departments in difficult tranisitions or during a reorientation. I train lawyers esspecialy in leadership and strategy.

As a counsellor, I combine my respect for choices of others with my own expertise. As a lawyer, I bring my personal experience that enables an exchange at eye level. As a mentor, I provide opportunities, networks and wider perspectives.


  • More than 25 years of experience as a lawyer, law firm owner/partner and in-house counsel in Germany, Austria and the USA
  • Founder and owner of CLP
  • President/President Past of the German Chapter of the world's largest professional association of professional coaches
  • Delegates in the Round Table Coaching (association of all 17 professional associations for coaches/trainers/mentors/consultants)
  • Developer of professional legal coaching training and trainer in legal coaching
  • Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University Hagen, Germany
  • author
  • Fully qualified lawyer, studied at University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • Doctorate (PhD) University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • Attorney at Law, Bar Association Hamm, Germany
  • European lawyer, Salzburg Bar Association, Austria
  • ICF-Coach, Education "The Coachmakers Training", Rochester, MI, USA and ICF-Certification
  • NLP-WingWave Coach, Studies and Training Besser-Siegmund-Institut, Hamburg / SINN, Salzburg, Austria
  • Mental trainer (MindScape), training by BodyTalkSystem, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Intercultural Trainer, Education at Interchange Institute, Brookline, MA, USA
  • DAV-Mentor/ÖRAK-Referentin/Deutscher Juristinnenbund (German Association of Women Lawyers)
  • Top 100 coaches in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • Top profile on LinkedIn and Xing
  • Role Model for Lawyers (BreakingThrough)
  • LegalLadies D/ WomenInLaw Ö
  • Mother of three teenagers / synesthet
  • Long Distance Hiking / Dog Sledding

Special training

  • Trained and certified as professional ICF Business Coach
  • Trained and certified as an intercultural trainer
  • Trained and certified MentalTrainer (mindscape)
  • Trained and certified NLP-WingWave Coach
  • Lawyer in Germany and European lawyer in Austria -Specialist for negotiation (PhD)
  • Lawyer in various law firms and corporate legal departments (automotive)
  • Already worked in law firms during my studies with a focus on management and leadership of law firms, strategic orientation, acquisition and marketing
  • First and second state examinations (University of Bielefeld/OLG Hamm)

Social Engagement

Volunteer coach:

  • Panda Law (Future Leader)
  • Coaching initiative (support for schools and teachers in crisis situations)
  • DRK (for volunteer disaster relief workers)

Volunteer mentor:

  • MentorMe and LeaderIn (Talent Development)
  • DAV and ÖRAK (AG Lawyers/Working Group Women in the Bar)
  • ICF MentorCoach

Supporter of:

  • LeaderIn
  • EditionF
  • BreakingThrough
  • herCareer


With my husband and our three teenagers, our cat and our Australian Shepherd I live close to the German-Austrian border. In addition to my professional activities, I love acrylic painting and writing novels and poems. As a passionate cook and nature lover I enjoy discovering the city of Salzburg and ist unique culture. On weekends you can find me hikingin the alps with my Australian Shepherd dog, in winter with the sled dogs and in summer on a long-distance hiking trail.

Dr. Geertje Tutschka – die Firmeninhaberin

The founder

With CLP - Consulting for Legal Professionals - I contribute to the improvement of lawyers education through consulting, training and coaching. Since 2016, my team and I at CLP have been training attorneys and lawyers in Legal Coaching - an ICF coach training course based on international standards that enhances the communication skills and performance of lawyers.

At the heart of the project is the need to communicate specialist knowledge better and more convincingly with the help of additional skills thus making a greater impact.

Growing awareness of soft skills

Communication skills are at the heart of the legal profession and should be taught to lawyers as early as the basic training stage. At the same time, being a lawyer is viewed as a so-called liberal profession, without the associated topics such as business development, management and project management being developed accordingly.
That's why I started  CLP – for creating a link between the legal training and the management consultancy for law firm owners. Lawyers should be optimally prepared for their everyday work. This business is no place for beginners.

Dr. Geertje Tutschka – die Präsidentin

The president

As president of the ICF Germany, it is a matter close to my heart to show international quality standards in coaching. Coachees are often lost in a rather confusing provider market. ICF certifications enable prospective coachees to find a suitable professional coach who acts in accordance with ethical standards. With our certifications as an association we ensure with international standards that coaching is a quality product with transparent, easily measurable indicators for the client.

CLP's coaching training complies with ICF standards and guarantees legal professionals practicing legal coaching an education of globally recognized professionalism and sustainability.

ICF Germany

With ICF Germany I have led the German Chapter team since 2016 (since 2019 as President Past), which won the top 10 Chapter of the International Professional Association for coaches with about 30,000 members in 140 countries worldwide. During my presidency I´m the link between the German Chapter and the International Association. I love working in an international community of Chapter Leaders and coaches and shaping the strategic plan of the worldwide professional association, the quality brand of ICF certifications and quality coaching in general, internationally and in each individual country. I work closely with the other german speaking ICF Chapter presidents (Austria and Switzerland) develop the language in the ICF world, support the eastern europe Chapter and especially the ICF Chapter of the EU to shape the regulation of coaching.

As President (Past) of the ICF Germany I stand for quality standards and ethical guidelines in coaching!

As a delegate in the Round Table of German-speaking Coaching Associations (www.roundtable-coaching.eu), which represents over 7,000 German-speaking professional coaches, I design quality coaching in the German-speaking world together with the other more than 15 coaching associations in the German-speaking part of the European Union.

Our brochure "Quality Management in Individual Coaching" shows how ICF quality standards in coaching can be messured.

Together with the Coachingtag (www.coachingtag.com) we annually organize one of the most important congresses and trade fairs of the coaching industry in german speaking countries. Since 2018 we at ICF Deutschland have been presented the Prism Award annually for special coaching programmes in companies, which I have initiated and managed.

Dr. Geertje Tutschka – die Autorin

The author

Kanzleigründung und Kanzleimanagement

Wie gründe ich eine Rechtsanwaltskanzlei? Wie entwickle ich sie? Wohin entwickelt sich der Rechtsdienstleistungsmarkt? Wie kann ich die Digitalisierung und „LegalTech“ für mich nutzen? Dieses Buch bietet die Antworten auf Fragen zu „Kanzleigründung und Kanzleimanagement”. Es hilft damit bei der Entscheidung, wann der richtige Zeitpunkt ist, die eigene, neue Kanzlei zu gründen oder eine bereits vorhandene Kanzlei umzustrukturieren, um sie neu auszurichten – und damit zukunftsfähig zu sein.

Unternehmen Kanzlei

Die juristische Ausbildung soll in den zukünftigen Anwälten Fachwissen und analytisches Denken entwickeln – und bildet sie damit zu kaum mehr als Sachbearbeitern aus. Das „Unternehmen Kanzlei” war lange Zeit Glückssache – oder dem natürlichen Instinkt des Inhabers ausgeliefert. Heute kann das nicht mehr genügen. Es ist Zeit, sich der Verantwortung als Kanzleiinhaber zu stellen. Es ist Zeit, sich zu entscheiden: Sind Sie Rechtsanwalt oder Unternehmer? Oder geht am Ende beides? (Verlag Dr. Schmidt)

Erfolgreiche Kanzleigründung leicht gemacht

Eine Kanzlei zu gründen schien noch nie so einfach zu sein.

Man benötigt kaum mehr als ein Laptop und ein Handy, möchte man meinen. Die Dienstleister im technischen Ser vicebereich haben ordentlich aufgeholt und auch sonst gibt es heute jede erdenkliche Art der Un- terstützung, Beratung und Information.

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Kanzleimarketing kompakt

Aktuelle Marketing-Themen für Rechtsanwälte – verständlich und kompakt zusammengefasst von Kanzleimarketing-Experten: Jeder Rechtsanwalt wünscht sich passende Mandate, zufriedene Kunden und engagierte Mitarbeiter, kurzum: eine erfolgreiche Kanzlei. Wichtige Instrumente hierfür sind effektive Marketing-Strategien. Die eBroschüre „Kanzleimarketing kompakt” bündelt auf 20 Seiten die wichtigsten Themen zum Kanzleimarketing: Die 12 Autoren sind Experten in Sachen Marketing und sind auf Lösungen für Rechtsanwälte spezialisiert. Neben praktischen Tipps stellen sie sich und ihre Firma auch selbst als kompetente Partner für Kanzleimarketing vor. (Deutscher Anwaltverlag, 2016)

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Kanzleistrategie und Kanzleimarketing

Für den weiterbildenden Masterstudiengang Recht der Fernuniversität Hagen „Anwaltsrecht und Anwaltspraxis“ wurde in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Anwaltverein das Lehrmaterial zum Thema Die Anwaltskanzlei“ entwickelt. Dr. Tutschka zeigte dabei anhand aktueller Beispiele aus der Praxis, wie wichtig „Kanzleistrategie und Kanzleimarketing” sind – für Berufseinstieger ebenso wie für Wiedereinsteiger. Das Lehrmaterial ist nur während der Absolvierung des Studienganges an der FU Hagen beziehbar (Stand 2017).

Zeitmanagement in der Anwaltskanzlei

Für den weiterbildenden Masterstudiengang Recht der Fernuniversität Hagen „Anwaltsrecht und Anwaltspraxis“ wurde in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Anwaltverein das Lehrmaterial zum Thema „Die Anwaltskanzlei“ entwickelt. Das Autorenteam Dr. Auer-Reinsdorff und Dr. Tutschka bündelte dabei Fachwissen zu Bürotechnik und Zeitmanagement in der Anwaltskanzlei“ kompakt und kompetent für Berufseinstieger ebenso wie für Wiedereinsteiger. Das Lehrmaterial ist nur während der Absolvierung des Studienganges an der FU Hagen beziehbar (Stand 2016).

Qualitätsmanagement im Einzelcoaching

Coaching hat sich in Organisationen als wertvolles Weiterentwicklungs-Instrument etabliert. Es gibt zahlreiche Studien zur Wirksamkeit von Coaching, die die steigende Nachfrage nach Coaching belegen. Allerdings bleibt die Qualität der Einzelleistungen nicht selten hinter den ursprünglichen Erwartungen zurück. Ein wesentlicher Grund für diese Diskrepanz scheint ein recht unspezifisches Coaching-Verständnis zu sein.

Bei genauer Prüfung entdeckt man sowohl auf Seiten der Anbieter als auch bei Coachingkonzepten und internen Coach-Pools bei Organisationen, dass so gut wie jede Unterstützung von Einzelpersonen im eins zu eins Kontakt als Coaching bezeichnet wird. Im Angebotsspektrum finden sich nicht selten Trainingsdialoge, Therapiegespräche, Supervisionsansätze und sehr oft auch klassische Beratungsgespräche.

Angesichts einer solchen Marktentwicklung wird die Frage nach Maßnahmen zur Qualitätssicherung von Coaching immer lauter. Es scheint in vielen Einsatzbereichen an der Zeit, das eingeführte Instrument Coaching auf den Prüfstand zu stellen.

Expat Quick Guide

Sparen Sie Zeit und gewinnen Sie Energie für eine glückliche und erfolgreiche Entsendung in die USA. Expatentsendung mit der Familie in die USA für ein paar Jahre? Ja oder Nein? Sie müssen pro oder contra entscheiden, den Expatvertrag prüfen, Schulfragen klären und sind mit völlig Unbekanntem konfrontiert - und das alles im engen Terminplan eines Familienalltags? Was Sie brauchen ist ein schneller, exzellenter und umfassender Überblick von erfahrenen Expat-Insidern!

Dieser Quick Guide gibt Ihnen kurz und knapp Tipps zu den wichtigsten Themen wie z.B.:

Expatvertragsinhalte, Expat- und Partnerkarriere, Familie, TCK - Erziehung, Schulbildung USA, Anerkennung der Schulabschlüsse in Deutschland, Alltag und Kultur - Unterschiede in den USA, Erfolg im USA Geschäft, Rückkehrplanung....

USA Expat Quick Guide - Vertrag, Familie, Karriere des interdisziplinären Expertenteams Tutschka-Dittmeier-Kuschel bietet Ihnen kompakte, zielsichere Hinweise und Informationen, wie Sie die Herausforderungen im USA -Deutschland Spagat auf Zeit am Besten meistern...

Fern der Heimat so nah

Stellen Sie sich vor, Sie packen Ihren Koffer, schnappen sich Ihre beiden Kinder und folgen Ihrem Partner an andere Ende der Welt. Das Ganze entscheiden Sie in wenigen Wochen. - Wären Sie so mutig?

Natürlich geht es in´s zivilisierte Ausland und alles ist finanziell abgesichert. Es wäre auch nur für eine begrenzte Zeit. - Klingt verlockend?

Ach, hatte ich schon erwähnt, dass es nach Detroit geht, der Stadt, die seit Jahren in der Verbrechensstatistik auf Platz eins rangiert? Und die jetzt offizielle für pleite erklärt worden ist? - Never ever?

Dr. Geertje Tutschka – die Anwältin

The lawyer

My passion is supporting lawyers. Growing up, I always dreamed of becoming a lawyer and owner of a law firm. In the first years of college I worked in many different law firms and legal departments in order to gain a wider perspective.


My international and longterm experience in the legal profession around the world enables me to start where standard ends - and further development begins.


Globalization and digitalization demand growth and innovation. As partner of the Global Leaders Summit and speaker and delegate of the ICF-Global Leaderships Forum, I know that this is a necessary development for companies to remain competitive. The key topic is Leadership Development. Unfortunately, the human factor is often underestimated when it comes to the development of a company. Yet it is precisely the employees and managers who support the company. With my profound expertise, I advise companies from a wide range of industries as well as professional associations and interest groups and act as a keynote speaker for the Global Women in Leadership Summit at universities and congresses.

Leadership Lectures

  • LEAD: Learn, Create, Care
  • Positioning Yourself as the Leader
  • The strategy of success
  • Female Leadership
  • Cultural diversity and cross-cultural challenges

What customers, clients and clients say about me

Dr. Tutschka's support has strengthened me in my decision to take the next step in my career and to get out of my current work situation and find new possibilities. With her help I quit the job that made me unhappy and took a new better position. Her advice regarding my situation was also beneficial to me. Dr. Tutschka could very well reflect my decision and reflect my thoughts. She showed a strong empathy, quick comprehension and great understanding for my situation. Thank you so much for that.

RAin Dr. O.E., Berlin

I recently accepted a job offer from London and am very excited about the opportunity to join the legal team at a major international bank.
Her preparation for the interviews clearly encouraged me, so that I was able to convey a self-confident appearance. Thanks again for that.

Dr. Zita Takacs, Vienna

Dr. Tutschka recently accompanied and guided me with her coaching in a targeted application process. The cooperation with Dr. Tutschka included the preparation of my documents and job interviews. The consultation took place by telephone and each telephone call seemed almost too short to me! The impulses of Dr. Tutschka have given me a lot of structure and focus on my goal, all hints regarding my documents were very valuable and helpful. I felt extremely well taken care of by Dr. Tutschka and with her help I entered the procedure strengthened in self-confidence. I would contact Dr. Tutschka again at any time and thank her for her trusting support.

Attorney Elisabeth Gawrych, Lawyer on Demand, Wülfrath

When I felt overwhelmed and disoriented in my exhausting everyday life, Dr. Geertje Tutschka helped me with her coaching to find my purpose again and to formulate a vision which I have been working towards ever since. Only in the course of the three-month process and through the positive and encouraging nature of my coach, whom I quickly trusted, have I developed a feeling for my needs again and learned to focus my actions more on the things that give me strength and inspiration.

RAin Dr. Kathrin S., Munich

Precise, sympathetic and competent - Dr. Tutschka knows how to present difficult topics in an understandable way and to package them in a customer-oriented way.

Sascha Saal, Marketing Business Development Cluster West, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Germany GmbH

The consulting, the cooperation and the final result have exceeded my expectations. The way Dr. Tutschka works immediately shows that there is not only a lawyer at work here, but also a trained coach who focuses on the client. Especially for my profession as a coach for executives and seminar leader, I was able to benefit from many industry-specific legal tips.

Dr. Eva Kinast, Coach, the Kaderschmiede for high-level personnel

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is advancing the coaching profession so coaching becomes an integral part of society. Our members lead this journey by representing the highest quality in professional coaching.
Our local chapter leader and president of ICF Germany Geertje Tutschka is a very creative academic, willing to think out of the box and a true visionnaire.
In my role as VP for the ICF Germany I am incredible proud to support Geertje as our leader. The immense amount of work she has done to support our mission, to our local members and to our global chapter in US is just beyond any measurement.
One huge, very successful project she led was our regular meeting with members and our event the Coachingday. Not only did we take on many additional members, have been mentioned in many social media and local news tabs, but also got sponsored by our global chapter. I highly recommend Geertje here on Linkedin and do so in person for any executive role.

Roeland C. Schaart, Experienced international Business Coach, Owner of Coaching Logic®

As President of ICF Germany, Dr. Geertje Tutschka has elevated both the standing of the ICF Germany Chapter and the coaching profession in Germany and beyond. Dr. Tutschka's vision for expanding the knowledge of and reach of coaching has truly been a benefit to the profession and has allowed more individuals and organizations to useful from coaching and engage in the work of building a coaching culture.
The growth of the Coachingtag event also provides more and more opportunity for coaches to connect as well as for those interested in coaching to learn more about the profession and to connect with coaches and ICF at the local chapter, regional, and global levels.
Moreover, Dr. Tutschka's leadership is one of inclusiveness and tremendous vision as well as a commitment to results. That commitment to excellence is a true testament to her and a true benefit to all she touches.

Colmon Elridge, VP of Global Development and membership

I met Geertje during our joint activities at ICF (International Coach Federation). At the time, she was president of the German chapter of this federation. I was able to appreciate her involvement and the energy she puts into the setting of objectives, and in their realization. Geertje is an excellent communicator and her natural empathy enriches relationships.

Philippe R. Declercq, PCC

Dr. Tutschka's coaching style in my sessions was very practice and result oriented, which I very much appreciated in my situation. At my request, she deliberately incorporated business consulting into the coaching sessions, but without any claim to exclusivity and only as a suggestion and one of many possibilities. She acted sensitive towardness me and was always looking to keep an eye on today and the future. The work with her was easy and she asked excellent questions that went into depth and gave me new ideas. In my coaching sessions I experienced Mrs. Tutschka as a sensitive, friendly, experienced and successful business woman who offers targeted support through coaching with her heart and mind and is not afraid to ask uncomfortable questions."
The meetings have had a very positive impact on my business structure.

Friderike Butler, ATA certified translator

Dr. Geertje Tutschka is very practice-oriented, knows the requirements of the market well. Your opinions and contributions have helped me a lot in presenting my skills and knowledge and at the same time have made me appreciate them more consciously.

Zita Takacs, Senior Legal Council, Sherbank Europe AG

Dr. Geertje Tutschka is a very confident and able speaker. Her legal background anchors her content to real issues aligned to facts. She empowers her audience to relate to, adapt and adopt new learning relating it directly to their reality. I really loved speaking on the same stage as her, and would love to work with her again!

Sarah Hopwood, Professional Speaker & Business Consultant

Our organization GPWA offers regular professional training and cooperation as well as a network for German-speaking professionals in Metro Detroit, USA. I have been working with Dr. Geertje Tutschka since 2008 as President of the German Professional Women´s Association in Metro Detroit and got to know her as very committed and inspiring. That is why we presented her work as a lawyer, consultant and specialist for German expats and relocation in our membership newspaper in 2009. She presented herself and her work within the framework of our lecture series with the important topic "Financial and legal peculiarities of German expatriates abroad". Even after her return to Europe we kept in touch and were happy to welcome her with a reading in October 2012 with her debut novel "Detroit, Michgian - Love Letters from an alien" - an excellent novel about a German expatriate family in Detroit - and to support her in her project to support homeless children in Detroit. Dr. Geertje Tutschka has been working with heart and mind for German families in Metro Detroit for years. She has left visible traces here in every respect.

Christina Griesser, President at German Professional Women's Association

My collaboration with Dr. Geertje Tutschka was as inspiring as it was profitable. Through her continuous motivation, she was instrumental in my success as an Expatriate Coach and Intercultural Trainer. As a coach and mentor, she accompanied me on my first professional publishing project. Thanks to your experience and effective methods, I was able to develop my book idea conceptually, plan and market it target-oriented within my time and budget constraints.
She paid particular attention to my target group affinity as well as modern and contemporary forms of publication (such as self-publishing, e-book) and multimedia marketing. Anyone who is thinking about realizing their book idea should get your professional support. Thank you Geertje!

Anja Dittmeier, M.A., ACC

I value Dr. Geertje Tutschka as a coach and especially as a person. She has an extraordinary ability to motivate others and advance their personal development. She has phenomenal listening skills, asks excellent, targeted questions and is always in close contact with the customer. It especially helps to discover the hidden backgrounds of behaviour. Experiencing and understanding deep thoughts helps to fulfill your goals successfully. But I was also impressed by her social commitment, be it in aid projects or in voluntary work. Thank you very much, Geertje. I'm always very happy to recommend you.

Birgit Kuschel, Executive Recruiter, Personal Consultant

Press about Dr. Geertje Tutschka

Why the gender pay gap in the legal profession is structural and what you can do about it

Why the gender pay gap in the legal profession is structural and what you can do about it - Dr. Tutschka @ "Women in Law" Vienna

Gender diversity in the legal profession

Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession - Dr. Tutschka @ "Women in Law" in Vienna

If a law firm wants to be successful and fit for the future, it will not be able to ignore the issues of gender diversity and equality.

Known from ...

NJW, Coachingmagazin, ManagerSeminare, LTO, Haufe, Soldan, Beck, Degruyter, DATEV, Training Aktuell, Wirtschaft und Weiterbildung, Xing-Magazin, LinkedInPulse, Unternehmensjurist, DjBZ, Österreichisches Anwaltsblatt, Radio Ö Salzburg, Leipziger Buchmesse, Oakland Press, Salzburger Nachrichten, IHK Magazin, advotec, JUVE


Dr. Geertje Tutschka
Tutschka GesbR

Contact Germany
D-80335 Munich
Tel. +49 (0) 89 206054 272

Contact Austria
Grenzstr. 59
A-5071 Salzburg
Tel. +43 (0)664 3077400


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