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Stephan Nitzl

Stephan Nitzl is a very pragmatic advisor.
Client, Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Stephan has longstanding experience in all aspects of Austrian employment law. He joined the Employment group of DLA Piper in Austria in 2007 and heads the group since 2012.

Stephan has a “hands-on” approach to find the best solutions for the clients in the most cost-effective way. 

He regularly advises clients on day-to-day employment law queries, employment contracts, termination issues, negotiation of agreements with work councils, including agreements on social plans, as well as on all aspects of collective employment law and social law in Austria.
He has in-depth understanding of all areas of Austrian employment law and represents clients in employment law litigation in courts as well with authorities.
Areas of FocusEmployment
Professional QualificationsRechtsanwalt registered with Rechtsanwaltskammer Wien


Stephan's experience includes advising on the liability of general managers and board members and representations in labour court proceedings.
  • German
  • English
  • University of Graz, Mag. iur., 2003


  • "Stephan Nitzl provides practical on-the-spot advice, enabling quick decision making.“ Client, Legal 500 2024
  • "Stephan Nitzl and his team are providing superb services when it comes to employment and labour relations advice. Stephan’s knowledge encompasses local legal requirements, sectoral know-how, and an understanding of our needs as an international business in developing, maintaining, and operating processes that fit with our network-level systems and interests while fostering local law compliance.“ Client, Legal 500 2024
  • "Stephan Nitzl’s profound knowledge of local law is paired with an ability to communicate complex legal issues effectively and quickly and with a view to practical impact and ease of implementation. We particularly value his ability and willingness to deliver top-quality work product under time pressure.“ Client, Legal 500 2024
  • “Stephan Nitzl is a remarkable legal advisor who is well placed to advise on all aspects of employment law and labour relations. His advice does not lack granularity, when required, but remains succint, to-the-point and easy-to-digest. We value his ability to take ownership and manage litigious cases for and on our behalf.” Client, Legal 500 EMEA 2023
  • “Stephan Nitzl’s familiarity with our sector and industry, and his readiness to engage with the internal stakeholders of his clients across business functions, is truly unique in the profession.” Client, Legal 500 EMEA 2023
  • “Stephan Nitzl is a very pragmatic advisor.” Client, Legal 500 EMEA 2021
  • “Stephan Nitzl has years of experience in employment issues and is always able to contribute his valuable ideas when cases go difficult.” Client, Legal 500 EMEA 2020


In questions concerning employment law or the liability of general managers and members of the board, Stephan is regularly quoted in various publications.

Prior Experience

Before cooperation with DLA Piper, Stephan was a special advisor for EU and International Matters at the Ministry of Transport, Innovation & Technology. Following his graduation in 2003, he also worked as a University Assistant at the Institute for Austrian and European Public Law of the University of Graz.