Karen Jelsma | Amsterdam | Hogan Lovells

Karen Jelsma

Counsel Global Regulatory


English, Dutch

Jelsma Karen

Karen Jelsma
Jelsma Karen
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Karen Jelsma is a member of the Global Regulatory Life Sciences team. Karen has extensive experience in product regulatory, product safety, product liability as well as commercial work. She assists consumer products companies as well as pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices companies on matters relating to the approval, marketing, distribution, advertising and labeling of their products and on sustainability (ESG) related matters.  

Karen also regularly gives risk management advice to clients on national and international product safety issues. She has assisted several global manufacturers and suppliers of products in implementing and managing product recalls and coordinating necessary authority notifications. Karen further helps companies with challenging enforcement decisions by various Dutch competent authorities.

Karen works on a regular basis with colleagues within the firm. She has taken the highly-rated Grotius specialization course in Business and Liability law.

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. 


  • Specialization course in “Business and Liability”, Grotius Academy, 2012
  • Master Degree in Private and Criminal Law, University of Groningen, 2007
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • Amsterdam
  • Dutch Bar Association
  • Association for Liability and Compensation Law
  • Association for Pharmacy and Law


Non-IP Litigation Rising Star

LMG Life Sciences Awards 2022

Rising Star Life sciences/Product liability

Rising Stars 2020 Expert Guide