Dr. Sebastian Polly

Dr. Sebastian Polly

Partner, Munich

Email sebastian.polly@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 89 290 12 0

Fax +49 89 290 12 222

LanguagesEnglish, German

Practice groupLitigation

"very responsive, he understands what we want, simple advice"

Acritas Star, 2018

Sebastian Polly's key focus is on product liability, product safety and product compliance law. He is particularly experienced in the automotive, chemicals, consumer goods, electronics and energy industry. 

Sebastian has assisted numerous clients with the rollout of innovative products. He assesses legal risks, develops preventive liability mitigation strategies and is experienced in dealing with European market entry requirements.

Furthermore, Sebastian has solved a wide range of product crises by coordinating global product safety actions. He provides risk assessments, handles authority notifications and drafts crisis communication. In addition, he coordinates internal product compliance investigations and advises on internal processes. In doing so, he has already assisted clients with millions of products in over 90 jurisdictions. 

Sebastian has helped various clients defend product liability claims and solve complex supply chain disputes. He is a litigator with court experience. 

Sebastian is also the author of numerous national and international publications in the fields of product liability, product safety and product compliance. He earned his doctorate with a thesis on consumer products in the area of German and European product safety law. Amongst others, he is the co-author of a book on the new German Product Safety Act.

Awards and recognitions


Hogan Lovells ranked in Tier 1 for Product Liability
JUVE handbook


Leading lawyer for dispute resolution: product Liability
Legal 500 Germany


Included for product liability litigation law
Edition Best Lawyers™ in Germany


Hogan Lovells ranked in Tier 1 for life sciences and product liability
Who's Who Legal

Education and admissions


Dr. iur., University of Augsburg, 2012

Second State Exam in Law, Bavaria, 2010

First State Exam in Law, University of Augsburg, 2008

Related Knowledge

3D Printing

Representative experience

Advising numerous companies on the development, certification/homologation and market entry of many innovative high-tech products in over 100 jurisdictions.

Helping several international companies by auditing and improving their internal product compliance and product safety processes.

Advising several automotive companies on the interpretation of vehicle certification and homologation provisions, incl. FMVSS, GSO, GTR, UNECE Regulations, etc.

Representing companies in multi-million supply chain disputes, particularly linked to recourse actions after global product recalls.

Helping companies with the training of attorneys, engineers and managers, particularly with respect to internal product compliance and product safety processes.

Advising and representing several companies regarding allegations linked to allegedly defective batteries, incl. defense of civil, criminal and regulatory claims.

Defending several international companies in criminal product liability cases, particularly linked to fraud product safety violation accusations.

Representing numerous international companies before several product compliance authorities, incl. BAuA, BNetzA, BMVI, the European Commission and KBA.

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