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PEOPIL’s General Board Member for Italy is the international Personal Injury Expert and author Marco Bona.  Marco is the co-founder and a Senior Partner at the Turin based law firm Bona Olivia & Associati  (MB.O law,

Marco is internationally recognised as a leading author and lawyer expert in personal injury law and cross-border claims, European law, consumer law, maritime disasters, holiday and sport accidents.

Marco has successfully represented hundreds of foreign clients in connection with injury claims either in Italy and abroad.  He has extensive experience in mass tort cases like maritime cases (Al Salam Boccaccio, Costa Concordia and Norman Atlantic), aviation disasters (Air France flight AF 447, Valle Argentera helicopter disaster), railway accidents (Val Venosta, Viareggio), industrial disasters (Ali Enterprise Baldia fire, Turin Thyssen Krupp fire), virus outbreaks (in particular salmonella and Legionnaire diseases), terrorist attacks (Bardo Museum in Tunis) and Volkswagen dieselgate. He has also successfully acted for plaintiffs involving road traffic accidents, medical malpractice, accidents at work places, asbestos claims, product liability, damages caused tripping and slipping cases, skiing and sport accidents.

In 2010 Marco was the first lawyer in Italy to successfully assert “Francovich liability” of the Italian Executive for breach of Directive 2004/80/EC relating to compensation to victims of a crime.  In that case Marco Bona represented a young woman from Romania who was a rape victim in Italy.

Marco represented claimants in two relevant cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union, case C-641/18 (Request for a preliminary ruling - Sinking of m/v Al Salam Boccaccio 98 - Jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters - Scope ratione materiae of Regulation EC No 44/2001 - Immunity from jurisdiction - Activities of ship classification and certification societies) and case C-129/19 (Request for a preliminary ruling - Victim of sexual violence - Compensation for the victims of violent intentional crimes - Council Directive 2004/80/EC relating to compensation to crime victims - Scope of the obligation, set out in Article 12(2) thereof, on the Member States to introduce, by 1 July 2005 a general scheme of compensatory protection capable of guaranteeing fair and appropriate compensation to the victims of violent and intentional crimes).

Marco is also highly respected among academics and policy makers. He is an academic and has a PHD in Comparative Private Law at the University of Trento (Italy). He is a former lecturer at Milan Bocconi University, Castellanza University and Novara University; he has a PHD from Trento University in Comparative Private Law.  He is the author of more than 200 publications on Italian, EU and Comparative Law.  He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars throughout Italy and also provides training to Judges and Lawyers. He has attended as expert a variety of European Parliament and Italian Parliament sessions on road traffic accidents law and applicable law.

Marco also currently holds PEOPIL Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year Award, which he won in 2016 and co-won with Clive Garner in 2017.


Marco and his Firm are happy to act as co-counsel with non-Italian law firms in cases involving Italian residents injured abroad.  Marco and his team are also happy to provide opinions on Italian law, EU law, jurisdiction and applicable law where needed. Marco can be contacted at for further information.

If you are a personal injury lawyer and wish to become a member of PEOPIL please contact our CEO Dr Wolfgang Resch today at   or simply click on this link to become a member.


When 13-05-2020