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Thomas Rouhette


Thomas Rouhette
English, French
Practice Group

"Ranked as one of the 10 Best Product Liability specialists in the world (outside the US)" (Who's Who Legal, 2015), the "insightful" Thomas Rouhette heads the French dispute resolution practice at Hogan Lovells (Who's Who Legal, France – Commercial Litigation, 2015) and is regarded by peers as a "hard-hitting litigator" (Who's Who Legal  - Life Sciences, 2016). Also described as a "tough but excellent" litigator (The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, 2012) and "a good strategist and the best trial lawyer [the client has] seen in the French court system" (Chambers Europe, 2013), Thomas focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on product liability litigation.

He frequently appears before the French Commercial and Civil Courts, in particular in multijurisdictional disputes, on behalf of international clients working in the sectors of aviation, automotive, consumer goods, industrial equipments and telecommunications and new technologies. He provides assistance in all disputes relating to product liability, commercial contracts, unfair competition, insurance/reinsurance, market deregulation, transportation law and industrial risks litigation.

In addition, Thomas advises on the effect of regulations, assisting with products recalls and responding to the demands of regulatory authorities.

Thomas has also an extensive practice of emergency proceedings relating to business litigation (ex parte applications and summary proceedings), enforcement measures and settlement negotiations. 

Thomas is an active member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), of the class actions working group of the Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF), which is the Federation of French businesses, and of the PLAC (Product Liability Advisory Council). 

Thomas Rouhette is said to be “the finest product liability lawyer in the country and one of the very best on the continent”

Who's Who Legal, Product Liability, 2015

Representative experience

Advising an international commercial aircraft manufacturer in connection with proceedings arising from plane accidents.

Assisting leading international clients working in the automotive and steel industries in French asbestos-related disputes (asbestos pre-litigation issues, gross negligence claims and anxiety claims).

Assistance to an American game developer in the scope of unfair competition proceedings.

Assistance to a French audiovisual producer in a dispute arising from the threatened termination of commercial relations.

Advising manufacturer of automotive components in connection with product liability issues and disputes in the supply chain.

Representing an online marketplace in disputes against trademark owners (alleged liability in counterfeiting, breach of selective distribution networks, gross negligence).

Advising worldwide automotive manufacturers on emissions regulations in France.

Education and admissions


  • Postgraduate Degree in International Law and International Business Law, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1991
  • Masters, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, 1990
  • Degree, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, 1987


  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Member of the Class Actions working group, MEDEF (Federation of French Businesses)
  • PLAC (Product Liability Advisory Council)

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Paris


Tough, "Excellent"

Chambers Europe


Client praise the 'quality of [Thomas'] work', and particularly his strong business approach and his 'deep' understanding of the technical issue behind a case

Chambers Europe


"Brilliant litigator" - Chambers Global


Incontournable in product liability

Legal 500 Paris


Product liability star

Legal 500 EMEA

Latest thinking and events

Hogan Lovells Publications

Global accountants' liability update (January-February 2016)

Global Accountants' Liability Update
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