Francesca Rolla

Francesca Rolla


Email [email protected]​

Phone +39 02 720 2521

Fax +39 02 72025252

LanguagesEnglish, Italian, French

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Francesca Rolla is very client friendly, practical and available. I like her balanced approach, which sets out clear choices when proceeding with cases.

Legal500 EMEA, 2022

With almost 30 years' experience, Francesca Rolla's activity spans almost all areas of contentious work (product liability litigation, mass torts and white collar crimes, commercial litigation) across industry sectors as diverse as consumers goods, automotive, insurance and life sciences. She is head of our Italian Litigation practice and of the Investigations, White Collar & Fraud group in Italy. She is one of the Litigation practice's primary liaisons to the firm's global Aerospace & Defense sector team. 

Be it a corporate dispute, a class action or a complex commercial litigation, domestic or cross border, before State courts of Arbitral tribunals, Francesca is at the forefront of Italian litigators, with the ability to "translate the obscure Italian proceedings into easily understandable language". Drawing on her extensive experience in product liability and mass tort litigation, Francesca assists clients in conducting internal investigations and provides coordinated defence strategies in the context of investigations by criminal or other public authorities, often with cross border relevance (for example, in investigations commenced by the US Department of Justice). She helps clients constructing robust, tailor-made, compliance and risk mitigation solutions. As technology influences all areas of law and may disrupt any industry, Francesca works with clients to help them understand their shifting risk landscape as to ensure they're maximizing the use of technology to mitigate those risks, whether in compliance programs or through the use of AI in litigation. 

She is ranked as Leading Individual in Chambers, Legal 500, and Who'sWho Legal for Dispute Resolution, Life sciences and Product Liability. She won the 2019 TopLegal Award as best in Litigation, the 2015 Euromoney LGM European Woman in Business Law Award as best in Product Liability and the 2014 ILO Client Choice Award for Product Liability. She is listed as Life Science Star by LGM Life Sciences.

Awards and recognitions


Healthcare and life sciences, Italy
Legal500 EMEA


Dispute Resolution, Italy, Hall of Fame
Legal500 EMEA


Life sciences, Italy
Chambers Europe


Compliance, Italy, Recommended
Legal 500 EMEA


Dispute Resolution, Italy
Chambers Global


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Dispute Resolution, Italy, Leading Individual
Legal500 EMEA


Dispute Resolution, Leading Individual
Legal500 EMEA


Product Liability
Woman in Business Law Award


Best lawyer for Product Liability in Italy
ILO Client Choice Award

Education and admissions


Law Degree magna cum laude, Università Statale di Milano, Milano, 1988

Visiting student at the Department of Economics and Political Science, University College London, 1985


International Association of Defence Counsel ("IADC")

International Bar Association (IBA)

Representative experience

Product litigation and compliance assistance for major U.S. and European life sciences companies, including advice on criminal investigations and proceedings.

Defending companies in a range of industries in individual and multi-party product liability claims.

Successfully assisting a leading tobacco manufacturer in the first product-related class action filed in Italy.

Defending a University in a landmark litigation over ownership of an estate in Italy, bequeathed to our client.

Assisting a American multinational technology company with internal investigations and defence in pending criminal investigations for alleged tax crimes and corruption.

Defending a Fortune 500 multinational in product compliance criminal investigations and in the parallel proceedings before the Italian Regulatory Safety Authority.

Assisting clients in different industries (automotive; chemical; consumer, life sciences, luxury) in contractual litigations and in supply chain disputes.

Assisting a beverage corporation in a complex commercial dispute in Italy and abuse of dominance, breach of contract and millionaire debt recovery.

Assisting an international manufacturing company in two follow on actions brought before the Courts of Bologna and Genoa by more than 70 companies claiming damages.

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