Law Firm Claudia Schanz Russell Ravensburg

At the law firm Schanz Russell, negotiation skills and legal competence come together in such a way that compatible, pragmatic and sustainable solutions reliably become reality. Specialized in medium-sized companies with an international orientation, contract negotiations and claims become solvable challenges even without an in-house legal department. What sets us apart is that we focus on the business and strategic interests of our clients, not on pure legal advice.

We work transparently, digitally and strategically instead of between dusty files. With a wide range of experience in industrial companies and escalated disputes, our steadily growing team ambitiously, analytically and assertively optimizes the chances for a legally secure success.

Claudia Schanz Russell – founder

Claudia Schanz Russell opened her law firm in 2004 as a home office start-up and leads the now ten-person team with dedication and motivation. Her expertise as a specialist in international business law with fluent English and a specialist in out-of-court solutions developed from two years of full-time studies in Negotiation and Systematic Mediation Methodology in Southern California. In addition to her entrepreneurial spirit, she is characterized by a tendency toward unbureaucratic pragmatism, which she traces back to her origins in a family business in the rural northern Black Forest. However, she also enjoys teaching as a trainer at universities, in companies and private educational institutions.

In her private life, the mother of two enjoys traveling with her family, finding balance in yoga, at the lake or cycling in the local forests.


An established expert in contract drafting and solution developer for complex cases, cybersecurity, data protection and IT issues.

Susanne O’Connell


Tactical-balancing negotiator and specialist in digital contract management, purchasing contracts, commercial agency and distribution.

Sonja Elben

Attorney-at-law and Commercial Mediator (DHBW)

Mood-lifting and energetic coordinator for efficient operations, law firm contacts and finances.

Nicole Aschentrup

Office Assistant and Administration

Structured and focused on accuracy of her work designer and translator between German and English.

Sarah Schaufler

Office Assistant

Reliable communication interface and specialist for project management and administration of documents in the digital system. Business Administrator (in training).

Arzu Özkan

Legal Assistant

Business professional with fluency in English and focused research in contract analysis. Bachelor of Science (DeVry).

Marina Benz


Conscientious problem solver with legally confident English and focus on compliance and international business.

Linda Gilliam


Perceptive legal analyst with watertight results in contract submissions and legal opinions.

Annika Eifler


Persistent designer and solution-oriented negotiator for German and English contract documents. Bachelor of Laws (in training).

Martina Schmid

Legal Employee

Our way of working

Drafting and reviewing contracts is our daily business. You benefit from our commitment, experience and practical implementation. In the process, we enter into discussions with you and the other contracting parties and jointly develop strategies that have the greatest possible de-escalating effect and result in agreements that are in line with the interests of all parties involved. A solution-oriented, empathetic approach is our method of choice for developing sustainable and effective contracts. In addition, we are well networked so that we can integrate expertise in other specialist areas on a case-by-case basis. In this way, you enjoy legal assistance "from a single source."

Solution-oriented negotiation

If your contractual partner sends you a template and you want to bring it to a conclusion quickly, you need sensitive communication and creative ideas for compromise proposals. We will be happy to prepare a risk assessment for you so that you are prepared for the negotiations, or accompany you digitally or in person during the talks. Our decades of experience are incorporated into the search for solutions right from the start.

Digitalized contract management

Your contract has been signed - digitally or on paper - and is in danger of disappearing into the archive? We use audit-proof document management with essential attributes for practice-oriented and transparent use of contract content. Whether ppm rates, standard specifications, Incoterms or retention of title - with our system, every department can find the right information in a full-text search and use it operationally.

Standard templates for your company

How do you react to a complaint? How do you ensure that your company risk remains as low as possible? So that you can agree the most important issues with your customer or supplier in a legally secure and efficient manner, we offer you the individual design of contract templates and standard letters for recurring situations. In English and German. This allows you to manage many processes yourself quickly and without high individual consulting costs.

Legal Compliance in B2B

Our team brings a core competence to your corporate compliance: a focus on the essentials. Risk-based decisions and the right prioritization of your actions to prepare, implement and monitor legal requirements are more important today than ever before. We support you in business law issues for your compliance system. In our in-house training courses in English and German, you document the implementation.

Hier finden Sie uns!

Claudia Schanz Russell
Schützenstr. 2
88212 Ravensburg

Telefon: +49 751 359 1877
Fax: +49 751 359 1878