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Germany: Product Liability Defence 2018

Eleven leading practitioners are highlighted this year for their expert handling of complex business to business and business to consumer product liability cases across a range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, automobiles and consumer products.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Ina Brock Hogan Lovells, Munich
2. Michael Molitoris Noerr, Munich

Multinational law firm HOGAN LOVELLS is widely recognised for its product liability defence capabilities for both domestic and international clients. This year, two prominent practitioners from the firm have been listed.
The “truly excellent” Ina Brock is internationally renowned as “an expert litigator in cases involving complex scientific and medical issues.”
Sebastian Lach is “an up-and-coming star lawyer” who receives widespread praise for his extensive experience handling complex international product safety and product liability cases.

Leading European firm NOERR also secures two listings this year.
Michael Molitoris is widely regarded for his extensive experience defending major companies involved in complex product liability disputes. One source describes him as “a really strong player in the market.”
Thomas Klindt draws praise for his impeccable technical expertise with industrial and engineering matters which he uses to excel in complex cross-border B2B and B2C product recall cases.

INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER Friedrich Graf von Westphalen is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience handling complex product liability disputes. One impressed peer describes him as “an extremely capable lawyer”.

The “excellent” Klaus Heinzerling at HECKER WERNER & HIMMELREICH is one of the leading names in the product liability market when it comes to insurance work.

Peter Klappich of OPPENHOFF & PARTNER is considered “outstanding” by peers, who praise his extensive experience acting in major product liability cases across areas such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automobiles and other consumer products.

Rainer Büsken at BACH LANGHEID DALLMAYR boasts “a strong reputation” in the market as an authority in product recalls and recall insurance matters.

Dietmar Knopp at FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER is recommended for being “an outstanding lawyer” by one source. He is widely recognised as a leading product liability expert, most notably when it comes to the highly regulated food, chemicals and pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors.

Henning Moelle at TAYLOR WESSING enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market as “an exceptional product liability defence lawyer” and receives widespread acclaim for his “extensive pharmaceutical and medical devices experience.”

INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER Anton Maurer stands out in the international market place for his strong product liability defence practice. He is also recognised as a seasoned litigator and arbitrator.

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