Karen Jelsma

Karen Jelsma

Senior Associate

Email karen.jelsma@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +31 20 55 33 615

Fax +31 20 55 33 777

LanguagesEnglish, Dutch

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Within the Amsterdam litigation practice Karen Jelsma concentrates on product liability and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on medical devices, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, and hazardous substances. 

Karen also regularly gives litigation and risk management advice to clients on national and international product liability and product safety issues. With this Karen has helped clients with all types of critical products law-related challenges.

Awards and recognitions


Rising Star - Life sciences/Product liability
Rising Stars Expert Guide


Recognition in "Who's who Product Liability Defense"

Education and admissions


University of Groningen

Bar admissions and qualifications


Representative experience

Acting for a medical device manufacturer in claims alleging defects in hip prostheses.

Advising manufacturers of other medical devices and pharmaceutical products on personal injury claims.

Assisting market-leading brands in a range of industries to deal with individual product liability claims in the Netherlands.

Assisting a global biopharmaceutical company relating to (product) liability issues concerning a medical app.

Assisting market-leading brands in a range of industries on product safety issues and product recalls, including the notification of such recalls to the Dutch authority and coordination with the Dutch authority.

Acting for a multinational company in relation to asbestos in connection with claims issued by former employees relating to alleged health damages suffered as a result of the exposure to asbestos during the employment. 

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