Born in Berlin in 1975, Martin Schirmbacher only left the city once, to spend a year at high school in Lansing, Michigan. He completed his studies and legal clerkship in Berlin and London. Schirmbacher started at HÄRTING Rechtsanwälte as a student during his second year. Prior to his legal clerkship, he completed his doctorate in Erlangen with funding from the German Research Foundation. Martin has been a lawyer and partner at HÄRTING since 2005. Since then, he has helped to build up the IT and data protection department. Since 2008 he has also been a specialist IT lawyer.