Leopold Borst

Leopold Borst


Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 89 290 12 0

Fax +49 89 290 12 222

LanguagesEnglish, German

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Leopold Borst advises German and international clients on product liability, product safety, and product compliance issues with a particular focus on the automotive, electronics, aviation and consumer goods industry.

Leopold supports clients in the worldwide coordination of complex product safety and product compliance cases across various jurisdictions. In doing so, he is particularly experienced with European and German market entry and safety requirements for products. Leopold's practice includes advising companies on product liability issues. He has experience in identifying product liability risks and represents companies with in and out-of-court product liability claims.

Technology is influencing all areas of law, including both product liability litigation as well as product safety and product compliance matters. Leopold works with clients to help them understand their shifting risk landscape, as technology disrupts their industries, and helps them to ensure they're maximizing the use of technology to mitigate those risks through respective compliance programs or the use of AI in litigation.

During his legal clerkship, Leopold worked for the German Federal Ministry of Health as well as for our offices in Washington, D.C. and Munich. Moreover, before joining Hogan Lovells, in addition to his legal degree, Leopold obtained a diploma in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Munich. This allows him to even better handle our clients' challenges, particularly by working hand-in-hand with engineers and technical experts.

Awards and recognitions


Tier 1 for Product Liability
Legal 500


Transportation Group of the Year
Law 360


Tier 1 for Product Liability
Juve Handbook

Education and admissions


Second State Exam in Law, Higher Regional Court of Brandenburg, 2018

First State Exam in Law, University of Münster, 2014

Dipl.-Ing., Technical University of Munich, 2011

Representative experience

Advising a leading automotive company on an internal product compliance investigation including criminal investigations.

Advising a leading German automotive company on various product liability topics, settlement negotiations and customer communication, as well as on product safety topics.

Advising several automotive companies on product safety and product compliance topics including authority communication.

Advising numerous companies on the development, certification/homologation and market entry of numerous innovative high-tech products in several jurisdictions.

Advising leading international manufacturers of machinery as well as consumer products on product safety and product compliance issues including CE marking requirements and authority communication.

Defending several international companies in civil and criminal product liability cases, particularly linked to fraud product safety violation accusations, including public prosecution defense work.

Advising a leading automotive manufacturer on certain radio equipment compliance aspects, particularly linked to certain type-approval and certification requirements in approx. 50 jurisdictions.

Advising several automotive manufacturers and suppliers on various cyber security requirements and implications, particularly regarding over-the-air software update systems and integrity aspects.

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