Dr. Friedrich Heither


Chairing judge at the Federal Labor Court (retired)

Dr. Friedrich Heither has been a judge in different labor courts for more than 35 years, 25 of which were served as a judge and chairing judge at the Federal Labor Court in Kassel (Erfurt). After his retirement as judge in 1999, he was admitted as Attorney and practiced in Berlin.

From 1954 until 1958, Dr. Heither studied law and economics at the University of Freiburg and received a doctorate in 1964 for his work on collective labor law in Switzerland. Between 1964 and 1973 he was academic assistant at the University of Gießen and worked as judge at the labor court in Ulm/Donau. In 1973, he was elected judge at the Federal Labor Court. During his time at the Federal Labor Court, Dr. Heither worked in several senates, including the first Senate which is responsible for legal disputes arising from corporate co-determination and industrial action. In 1987 he was appointed Chairing Judge by the then Federal Minister of Labor. Until retiring in 1999, Dr. Heither presided over the third Senate which is responsible for all legal disputes arising from pension plans.

Since January 1, 2015, Dr. Friedrich Heither is no longer active as Attorney but remains associated to Heither & von Morgen as a consultant.

Dr. Friedrich Heither has acted as chairman, member and observer in conciliation committees and arbitration tribunals.


  • Von der 15. bis zur 22. Auflage Mitautor am „Fitting“, dem Standardwerk
      zum Betriebsverfassungsgesetz
  • Verfasser zahlreicher Beiträge in arbeitsrechtlichen Zeitschriften und Festschriften, vorwiegend aus
      den Arbeitsgebieten „Betriebsverfassung“ und „betriebliche Altersversorgung“
  • Mitautor am Kommentar „Arbeitsgerichtsgesetz“, Loseblattsammlung, 4. Aufl. 2006

Languages: English

Email: berlin@heithervonmorgen.de