Dr. Leopold von Gerlach

Dr. Leopold von Gerlach

Hamburg, Frankfurt

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 40 419 93 144 (Hamburg) +49 69 962 36 0 (Frankfurt)

Fax +49 40 419 93 200 (Hamburg) +49 69 962 36 100 (Frankfurt)

LanguagesEnglish, German, Spanish

Practice groupIntellectual Property, Media, and Technology

“…von Gerlach has an unparalleled understanding of parallel import issues.”

WTR 1000, 2019

Leopold is the former global Chairman of Hogan Lovells. He maintains his client practice and, with trial experience of more than 25 years, is an extremely versatile IP, e-commerce and technology litigator. 

For owners of well-known brands and products, Leo invented the concept of Integrated IP Enforcement – a concept that combines civil, criminal, cyber and customs enforcement in a cohesive strategy. Integrated IP Enforcement makes actions against any type of IP infringement extremely effective and efficient. It has delivered remarkable results across jurisdictions.

For his e-commerce clients, Leo has won a number of leading Supreme Court cases that have shaped the law in the embattled field of internet service provider liability. He developed a particular expertise for all questions dealing with the legal responsibilities for platform solutions and online marketplaces.

For his clients from the finance and payment industry, Leo regularly defends new, technology-based business models against  protective actions from both, competitors with a more traditional approach as well as consumer protection organizations. For the sake of innovation and client benefit, Leo drives these cases in sync with his colleagues from the Finance team of Hogan Lovells.

Aside from his client practice, Leo is an ardent mentor for young lawyers. As a long term member of Hogan Lovells’ global Board, he had a particular responsibility for the promotion of new partners. In the same context, he has been lecturer for IP law at Germany’s top- ranked Bucerius Law School since 2003.

Awards and recognitions


Intellectual Property: Trade marks and unfair competition
Legal 500 EMEA


Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Unfair Competition (Germany)
Chambers Global

Education and admissions


LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

University of Pamplona

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