Franziska Lieb has worked as a lawyer since 2001 and has held the title of specialized lawyer in criminal law since 2004. She provides advice and acts as counsel for the defense in commercial criminal law as well as general criminal law including supplementary penal provisions outside the Criminal Code (such as criminal law on food products), and represents auditors in professional regulatory proceedings. In the recent two decades she acted throughout Germany as counsel for the defense in a considerable number of large-scale proceedings up to the Federal Court of Justice, if required. For example, she obtained there the dismissal of proceedings in the last Treuhand proceedings. The Federal Court of Justice acquitted the deputy director of a penal institution defended by Franziska Lieb and her colleagues of the charge of negligent homicide in a much-noticed case on account of an enforcement decision. Most recently, Franziska Lieb, together with Professor Dr Gercke, represented the accountancy firm EY before the Wirecard parliamentary enquiry committee. Franziska Lieb is considered an “experienced defense lawyer” (Juve Handbook 2015/2016). The global industry service Legal500 says succinctly about her: “Very good lawyer, very willing to work hard. Very broad spectrum of expertise.“
Franziska Lieb grew up in Cologne and Göttingen. She studied at the University of Cologne where she worked at the Institute for Criminal Science under Professor Dr Klaus Bernsmann in parallel and subsequently to her studies. After her legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Cologne she became a partner in the criminal law firm Thomas Deckers Wehnert Elsner (tdwe) in Dusseldorf in early 2001. In 2016, she changed from there to Gercke Wollschläger as a partner.
Franziska Lieb speaks German and English.