Jan-Erik Pötschke

Dr. Jan-Erik Pötschke is a partner in Ahlers & Vogel shipping department in Hamburg and mainly advises shipowners, shipyards, P&I clubs, and ship managers.

He studied law in Trier and Freiburg and did his doctorate on the liability of shipowners according to German and English law.

His international training included activities in maritime law firms in Mumbai and Singapore. He was admitted to the bar in 1997. After working as an in-house counsel for an insurance broker in the field of transport insurance, Dr. Pötschke joined Ahlers & Vogel law firm in 1999 and became a partner in 2002.

He has extensive experience in the field of charter party disputes, ship purchases and sales as well as cargo contract disputes and is part of the Casualty Response Team at Ahlers & Vogel, where he advises shipowners and their insurers with regard to shipping accidents both, at home and abroad.


  • German Association for International Maritime Law (DVIS);
  • German Association for Transport Law (DGTR);
  • German Singaporean Law Association (DSJV);
  • International Bar Association (IBA).