About me

Abogada Catalina Garay

Rechtsanwältin | Abogada

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • Lecturer for Spanish law
  • Acting director of FWR (committee for qualified specialists in commercial law)
  • Member of the Bar since 1993 in Barcelona and since 1994 (as first Spanish lawyer) in Berlin. In 2008 she was honored with the title of “Rechtsanwältin” by the Chamber of Lawyers in Berlin, being the first European female lawyer.
  • Studies and teaching positions, among others, at the University of Barcelona, Harvard Law School, Humboldt-University Berlin, University of Leiden.

Deutscher Anwaltverein Spanien

Chairwoman of the board of directors of DAV Spain

Professional career

  • 2015 Nomination as judge to the Spanish Supreme Court
  • Since February 2015 arbitrator at the Arbitration Tribunal in Bilbao, Spain
  • 2014 qualified specialist for international commercial law
  • Since 1999, co-founder of Gülpen & Garay Rechtsanwälte-Abogados
  • Member of the German-Spanish Bar Association
  • From 1994 until 2001, teaching positions at the Universities of Bremen, Rostock, Dresden, Leipzig, Frankfurt/Oder, Humboldt Berlin and Potsdam
  • Assistant of the MEP Dr. Rogalla (SPD) in the European Parliament in 1994
  • 1993-1994 Haarmann, Hemmelrath & Partner, Berlin
  • Scientific collaboration at Harvard Law School and the University of Barcelona

Fields of specialisation

  • International Private Law
  • Trade and Corporate Law
  • Contract Law
  • Contract Law


German-Spanish Dictionary of Legal Terminology (Luchterhand-Verlag, ISBN 3-472-04061-0)


German, Spanish, English, Italian, French and Catalan


  • Deutscher Anwaltsverein (DAV), Association of German lawyers
  • Deutscher Anwaltsverein in Spanien (DAVS), Association of German lawyers in Spain
  • Berliner Anwaltsverein (BAV), Bar of Berlin
  • Working-group international law in association with the DAV

Honorary Duties

  • Commitment as legal guardian for minor refugees engaged by RAK Berlin