Catharina Schmidt

What I think:

Empowering Innovation.

„A legal mind with a creative heart.”

If I hadn’t been captivated by the law, perhaps my path would have led me to the realms of fashion design or music, where creativity is key. However, the attraction of the legal profession won over. It presented a unique platform where my assertiveness could truly shine, enabling me to champion and empower the young, innovative companies that are sculpting our society’s future.

Amidst the dynamism of the legal world, I find solace in the sea. Surfing isn’t just a pastime; it’s a practice in mindfulness, a stark contrast to the fervour of my professional life. This balance is vital in my life at NEON, where the great atmosphere and diversity among colleagues fuel my curiosity and passion for varied life narratives. Discussions on a wide array of topics, from music to science and social issues, spark my creativity and enrich my professional perspective.

My ideal legal work involves deep collaboration, rooted in mutual trust and a shared commitment to ambitious goals. I find the greatest satisfaction in partnering with clients who are not just passionate about their ideas but also value the importance of a close, trusting relationship with their lawyer.

What sets me apart? I’m not just a lawyer; I’m a story of contrast – a legal mind with a creative heart, always surprising clients with my mix of accessibility, speed, and assertiveness. The unorthodox? That’s where I shine, having worked in places as unconventional as a prison.

About Catharina Schmidt


  • Lawyer at NEON (since 2022)
  • Lawyer (since 2022)
  • Research Assistant at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (2018 – 2019)
  • Research Assistant in corporate law at Linklaters (2017)
  • Currently graduating as Dr. iur. at Universität Münster
  • Trainee at Kammergericht Berlin
  • Studied law at Universität Münster and Université Paris Cité

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