Johanna Lilja

Partner, Helsinki

Johanna Lilja is a Helsinki-based Partner and Head of Roschier’s Data Protection practice. She regularly advises clients on all aspects of data protection and privacy from operational matters to implementation of EU General Data Protection Compliance programs.

Johanna is also specialized in intellectual property with a particular focus on patent litigation Johanna has first and second chair trial experience of IP litigation before the Market Court, Helsinki District Court, Helsinki Court of Appeals and the Finnish Supreme Court. The matters have involved questions on infringement through equivalence, burden of proof, infringing acts, availability of preliminary injunctions and calculation of damages and reasonable compensation for use.  She also has extensive experience of acting in anti-counterfeiting enforcement cases.

Johanna also regularly advises clients on various employment law related issues, such as employee invention, trade secret and privacy matters.

In addition, Johanna specializes in various industry-specific regulatory and marketing issues, with a focus on the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare sectors, and she has advised clients in a number of administrative appeal proceedings. She also has experience from various compliance cases, internal investigations and audits relating to data protection, anti-bribery, FCPA compliance and marketing.

Johanna’s experience includes working for Nokia Corporation and Pfizer Oy as a visiting lawyer. She is President of the Finnish AIPPI Group and a member of international AIPPI’s Standing Committee on Client Attorney Privilege and Standing Committee on Pharma and Biotech. Johanna is a member of the working group assembled by the Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland to draft the Finnish IT2018 standard contract terms and conditions.

Johanna frequently writes and lectures on topics relating to IPR, data protection, marketing and compliance issues. She is a certified CIPP/E (Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe, IAPP 2015).

Johanna Lilja is the exclusive winner of the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award 2017 for the Internet & IT category in Finland. She is also recognized as a leading expert in Finland in the areas of IP (including patent and design litigation), life sciences and TMT/information technology by international legal directories such as Chambers Europe/Global, The Legal 500, Managing IP (IP Stars) and Who’s Who Legal, according to which Johanna is “a star patent litigator who turns cases around in record time” (Who’s Who Legal, 2018).

According to clients, Johanna is “hands-on, responsive and very good to work with”, very thorough in her work and very skilled” (Chambers Global, 2023), “on top of things and well prepared” (Chambers Global, 2022). She is described as a “brilliant and calm negotiator” (IAM Patent 1000, 2020) and a “supremely talented practitioner – capable, adaptive and reassuring” (The Legal 500, 2021). She also receives praise for “exceeding expectations every time” and being “incredibly intelligent and great fun to work with” (IAM Patent 1000, 2021). One client comments: “Johanna is simply superb! She smoothly deals and adapts as new complex legal issues arise” (The Legal 500, 2022).

According to the Legal 500, Johanna also “stands out as an inspirational leader in the team” (The Legal 500, 2023).


Johanna Lilja’s experience includes advising:

  • Hedin Mobility Group in the acquisition of Laakkonen Group’s automotive business;
  • As the Finnish counsel to Nokia in the patent litigation project resulting in the settlement with Apple;
  • Several innovative pharmaceutical companies in patent litigations before the civil courts in Finland. The matters have involved questions on infringement through equivalence, burden of proof, infringing acts, preliminary injunctions and calculation of damages;
  • Clients in all aspects of data privacy matters, including GDPR compliance projects, cross-border outsourcing of personal data and employee privacy questions in a variety of contexts. Advising consumer businesses with privacy issues linked with marketing campaigns, loyalty programs and profiling. Advising pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in relation to processing of sensitive personal data. Acting as lead counsel for Nordic clients, and as a local counsel for global companies in roll-out of global privacy policies and their enforcement;
  • A number of brand owners with enforcement of their well known trademarks. Regularly assisting various brand owners in customs seizures and anti-counterfeiting cases;
  • Various pharmaceutical companies before the Supreme Administrative Court relating to appeals over regulatory authorities’ administrative decisions;
  • A global pharmaceutical company in their M&A and restructuring activities in Finland.

Roschier (2004-), Partner since 2013
Pfizer Oy, Visiting Lawyer (2010-2011)
Nokia Multimedia, Visiting lawyer (2007)

Member of the Finnish Bar Association
Member of AIPPI
President of the Finnish AIPPI Group
Member of the Finnish Anti-Counterfeiting Group
Member of the Finnish Association for Industrial Property Rights (STY)
Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

AIPPI Client Attorney Privilege Committee, Member
AIPPI Pharma and Biotechnology Committee, Member
AIPPI Finland, Secretary (2006-2011), Board member (2012-), Vice Chairman (2017-)
Member of the working group assembled by the Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland to draft the Finnish IT2018 standard contract terms and conditions (2017-)
Representative of the Finnish Bar Association in a working group appointed by the Finnish Ministry of Justice relating to the enforcement of the Council of Europe Convention on counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (2013-2014)
Finnish Anti-Counterfeiting Group, Board member (2006-2008; 2010-2014), Vice Chairman (2010-2014)
EPLAW Patent Blog, Member of the Editorial Board
Kluwer Patent Cases Database, Reporter for Finland

Chapter “Henkilötietojen käsittely (EHK)” in IT2018 – Käytännön käsikirja, Kauppakamari 2018

“Sivullisen tiedonantovelvollisuus verotusmenettelyssä ja henkilötietojen suoja” (“Disclosure obligation of a third party in taxation procedure and protection of personal data”), in Defensor Legis 3/2018

Finnish chapter in The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Pharmaceutical Advertising, co-author Mikael Segercrantz, Global Legal Group 2008-2009, 2011, 2013-2015

Finnish chapter in The Life Sciences Law Review, Law Business Research 2013

“Kuluttajien profilointi markkinointitarkoituksiin” (“Profiling of Consumers for Marketing Purposes”) in Defensor Legis 2/2013

“Data Protection in Finland: Overview” in Practical Law Global Guide to Data Protection, Thomson Reuters 2013, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 (latest edition co-authors Jori Jokinen and Suvi Laes)

“Due Diligence -toimeksianto ja asianajajayhtiön korvausvastuu” (“A Due Diligence assignment and the liability of a law firm”) in Oikeustiede-Jurisprudentia 2004: XXXVII, p. 45

Finnish chapter in Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights through Border Measures, Oxford University Press, second edition 2012

Finnish chapter in Trade Mark Litigation – Jurisdictional comparisons, editors Thierry Calame and Massimo Sterpi, The European Lawyer 2008

University of Helsinki, LL.M. (2004)

English, Finnish, Swedish

Supremely talented practitioner – capable, adaptive and reassuring.

The Legal 500