Eugene Chen

Eugene Chen is based in Hogan Lovells Shanghai office, and is one of the few US-trained and experienced litigators located full-time in China to advise our Chinese and international clients regarding the advantages and potential liabilities of international dispute resolution. His practice focuses on cross-border disputes and investigations in the United States, China, and elsewhere in Asia.

Eugene has experience in representing Asian and Western companies in all matters of litigation, international arbitration, and dispute resolution. His disputes practice includes compliance and FCPA investigations, large and small scale product liability suits, patent infringement litigation, trademark and copyright issues, commercial contract and unfair competition disputes, and U.S. consumer class action lawsuits.

He is experienced in handling every phase of a dispute, from pre-suit investigation to the filing of a complaint or arbitration demand to judgment or other successful conclusion.

Eugene received his B.A., summa cum laude from Columbia University (1995), and his J.D. from Stanford Law School (1998). He is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.

Product Liability Law Practice:

Lawyers working within Hogan Lovells’ Product Liability practice combine technical and scientific knowledge with a firm grasp of today’s commercial environment. They understand your products and commercial concerns, and draw on years of experience of dealing with product liability issues in over 30 counties around the world.

Over the past decade, we have been involved in many of the world’s high-profile product liability controversies, acting on behalf of manufacturers from the consumer goods, automotive, electronics, food, aviation, tobacco, and life sciences industries, among many others.

The practice covers all aspects of product liability, including risk prevention and risk management, compliance with product safety regulations, labeling, product recalls, and the defense of unitary, cross-border and multi-party personal injury claims. We place particular emphasis on effective risk management as the key to reducing exposure to civil and criminal liabilities.

Our innovative International Product Liability Network enables us to assist clients to manage product liability risks globally. The Network comprises our leading product liability lawyers in all major markets and experienced local lawyers, who work together to solve whatever problems our clients face anywhere in the world.

Hogan Lovells:

Hogan Lovells is a global legal practice that helps corporations, financial institutions, and governmental entities across the spectrum of their critical business and legal issues globally and locally. We have over 2,500 lawyers operating out of more than 45 offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States.

Our practice breadth, geographical reach, and industry knowledge provide us with insights into the issues that affect our clients most deeply and enable us to provide high quality business-oriented legal advice to assist them in achieving their commercial goals.

Hogan Lovells is distinguished by a highly collaborative culture which values the contribution of our diverse team both within Hogan Lovells and in the wider community. Our style is open, service focused, and friendly. We believe that our commitment to client service, commerciality, and teamwork provides benefits to our clients and enhances effective business relationships.

Robert J. Walker

Robert J. Walker has been practicing trial law continuously since 1968. He has experience in prosecuting and defending product liability, medical malpractice, and aviation lawsuits.

For the past 25 years, Mr. Walker has focused primarily on commercial and business litigation, including securities and corporate governance lawsuits, shareholder and hostile takeover suits, anti-trust, consumer protection, business fraud suits, proxy challenges, and director and officer liability claims. He has experience in most of these suits from both the prosecution and defense perspective, and has a great deal of recent experience in class action litigation involving business as well as product liability claims.

Mr. Walker was born and raised in Monterey, Tennessee. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1962. Following graduation from Vanderbilt, he served as a naval officer on a destroyer. Mr. Walker returned to Vanderbilt and graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1968. While in law school, he served as the Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Walker served as President of the Nashville Bar Association in 1981; and in 1986 he was elected a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as Chairman for Tennessee from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Walker is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in several categories. He has been a principal in, and has served as an officer and director of, a variety of businesses. In 1986, Mr. Walker was elected a Fellow in the Society of International Business Fellows, an organization dedicated to development of international business in the southeastern United States, where he maintained fellowship for over ten years. He is also a licensed and active pilot with current ASMEL(I) ratings.

 

Dimitris Emvalomenos

Long term and unique history in Greece in the fields of product liability /safety and product recall not only in monitoring closely the European developments but also actually affecting them. The Expert was the head of BGP’s team that prepared for Greece two Reports for the European Commission on the Product Liability Directive (85/374/EEC) in 1994 (by CMS Cameron McKenna) and in 2003 (by Lovells).

BGP /the Expert represent leading institutions in the specialty fields (among others), such as:

European Justice Forum (EJF), the only European non-profit organization solely focused on promoting a balanced system of civil justice in Europe necessarily related to consumer law issues ( www.europeanjusticeforum.org ), being the correspondent in Greece and

DRI EUROPE, the European branch of DRI International, of which the Expert is the Country Chair for Greece ( more for DRI in www.drieurope.org and www.dri.org ).

The long-term specialization in the above specialty area has resulted to the representation by BGP /the Expert of some of the leading businesses in their own fields in cases, being very often of high publicity and special business interests. Only some of those clients are being named in our website, whereas many others are listed in our profile available upon request.

Very indicatively only, Helios aircraft accident alone has been worldwide admitted as a case study whereas Chinook helicopter accident attracted special publicity in Greece over a number of years. Further, numerous product recalls of top brands have been successfully pursued by the Expert /BGP over the years always requiring a sensitive treatment from time and confidentiality points of view.

Admitted:

Piraeus Court of First Instance, 1989, Piraeus Court of Appeal, 1993, Supreme Court, 2000.

Education:

University of Athens Law School (LL.B), 1987; University of London, Queen Mary and Westfield College (LL.M), 1988.

Basic professional memberships:

Piraeus Bar Association; Greek Commercial Lawyers’ Association; Competition Law Partnership; Greek Association for Arbitration; Greek Association of Law & Economics; Greek Association for Financial Law; International Bar Association (SBL Committees C, L, M, S).

Languages:

Greek and English.

General information about BGP:

BGP is committed to personal service to clients. A client can expect from BGP to be responsive, attentive and flexible, and to communicate on a regular basis and in an understandable language. BGP is dedicated to team work and collegiality and derives great strength from being a true partnership of lawyers. BGP exchanges ideas and facilitates the development of creative solutions to clients΄ problems. Headquartered in the city of Athens, BGP has associated offices in 35 countries. More information can be found on our website.