Rod Freeman > Cooley (UK) LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cooley (UK) LLP

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Product Compliance & Product Liability
Commercial Litigation
Commercial Class Action Litigation
Food & Beverage
Retail & Consumer Products
Life Sciences


Rod Freeman is a partner in Cooley’s London office and an international products lawyer. He is routinely ranked as a leading product litigation lawyer in the major legal directories, where he is described as “the outstanding go-to specialist for product liability matters” and “without a shadow of a doubt the most knowledgeable product liability lawyer in the European space”.  Rod works alongside the world’s leading global companies to help them solve their product-related issues, protect their reputations, defend their products and build more successful businesses. With a background in high-stakes product liability litigation and more than 20 year’s devoted to international products law, Rod understands the challenges faced by international brand names in an increasingly risky global environment.

He has the experience and insight to find creative and practical commercial solutions to product issues around the world. Rod leads a team that defends product liability litigation, handles product-related B2B disputes, manages and resolves product safety and regulatory compliance issues, and manages international product recalls. In short, Rod helps his clients find solutions to their issues that arise throughout the product life cycle.


  • International Consumer Products Health and Safety Organization (Director)
  • Product Liability Advisory Council (US)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Product Liability Forum – British Institute of International and Comparative Law


  • The University of Sydney
    Master of Laws, 1994
  • The University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Laws, 1990
  • The University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Economics, 1988

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Product liability: defendant

(Hall of Fame)

Rod FreemanCooley LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s practice is led by the highly regarded Rod Freeman, who has a strong track record in product liability disputes on an international scale. The team covers a range of work in the space for clients from the life sciences, technology, cosmetics and consumer products sectors, among others. Sascha Grimm made partner in 2019 and is a key contact for civil litigation, regulatory investigations, product liability, as well as IP and brand protection matters. Associate Sarah-Jane Dobson combines experience in regulatory matters and disputes.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s ‘commercial litigation team is second to none in terms of knowing its clients’ business and giving targeted advice‘. The London litigation team’s work is international and frequently multi-jurisdictional, and it covers asset recovery, employment, general commercial disputes, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, life sciences, product liability, public international law, technology disputes and IP. James Maton heads the UK disputes practice, Laurence Harris  is vice chair of the global litigation department and Rod Freeman is an experienced product litigation lawyer. Also key to the group are Kevin Perry and Mark Deem. Sascha Grimm and Henry Stewart have been promoted to partner.