Ms. Manuela Pokern was born in Dresden. She studied Law, special subjects Banking and Capital markets law, at Leipzig University, where she passed her First State Examination in 2010. In the course of her studies, she spent one semester abroad, studying European Commercial Law at Stockholm University.

Ms. Manuela Pokern passed the subsequent clerkship at the Landgericht (regional court) Baden-Baden in Baden-Württemberg, again specialising in economic law. In the last stage of her clerkship, she worked for a medium-sized commercial law firm in Karlsruhe, and continued to work there for a short period of time after completing her clerkship.

Since March 2014, Ms. Manuela Pokern has been working with Battke Grünberg.