Thomas P. Costard

Thomas P. Costard was born in 1968 in Oberhausen/Germany. Before his Law studies he trained as industrial business management assistant at the Siemens AG. He was employed for three and a half years as software engineer at this company.

In the range of this employment he was responsible for the conception, programming, testing and documentation of software within the managerial accounting as well as for the training of staff members in this field. In connection to this employment he studied legal science in Erlangen/Germany where he also had his legal clerkship.

Already during his legal studies he acted nationwide as lecturer for operating systems and application software for industries, banks and insurance companies. Till today, he holds seminars about the topics IT law and data protection. His seminar clients are counted among E.ON Bayern, Cisco Systems, Nürnberger Initiative für Kommunikationswirtschaft (Nuremberg Initiative for communication economy), big cities and communities as well as different academies.

He functions as external data protection commissioner as well as IT security officer for companies.


Attorney Thomas P. Costard has the following additional qualifications:

  • Apprenticeship as industrial business management assistant at the Siemens AG
  • In-house apprenticeship as information scientist at the Siemens AG
  • Participance of the training for specialist attorney for IT law
  • Apprenticeship as data protection commissioner for companies (TÜV-North)
  • Apprenticeship as data protection manager for companies (TÜV-Rheinland)
  • Apprenticeship as Microsoft Licensing Professional (MLP)
  • Apprenticeship as data protection auditor (TÜV-Rheinland)
  • Apprenticeship as IT security officer (TÜV)
  • Apprenticeship as IT security manager (TÜV)
  • Apprenticeship as IT security auditor (TÜV)
  • Apprenticeship as ISO 27001 – BSI-Data Protection Expert (TÜV)


Mr Costard speaks and writes English and French fluently.

He sees himself as attorney at the interface between law and technology. Because of his long lasting work experience in the fields of managerial accounting, electronically information processing and the Internet he is on par with internal information scientists and can catch and present his clients’ problems without loss of time in a competent and interdisciplinary way. Because the legal acclaim can only be as good as the technical background knowledge.


Attorney Thomas Costard is a member of the following organizations:

  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Informationstechnologie (DAV IT) (Working Group Information Technology) in the German Lawyer’s Society (DAV e.V.)
  • Society for data protection and data security e. V. (membership cooperation)
  • Erfa-Kreis data protection of the IHK Nuremberg and Middle Franconia
  • Working group of Bayreuth for IT/new media e. V. (akit) (membership cooperation)
  • German Lawyer’s Society
  • Communication network Franconia e. V. (membership cooperation)