Dr Martin Abend, born in Heilbronn, studied law at the universities of Heidelberg, Lausanne, Geneva and completed his studies at Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, with a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in 1989. He obtained a Doctor of Law degree from the University Heidelberg in 1994. His doctoral dissertation was on international contract law. In 1993 he was admitted to the Saxony Bar. Since 1997 he works as self-employed lawyer in the law firm Abend & Hausö in Dresden in particular in the fields of company law, commercial law, international contract law as well as architectural and engineering contract law.
In 1999 he became member of the Board of the Saxony Bar and held the office of President of the Bar from 2007 to March 2015. Since 1996 Dr Abend is a member of the Committee of European Affairs of the German Federal Bar. In 2011 he was elected Vice President of the German Federal Bar.