Ballard Spahr LLP

Litigation Department

New Jersey
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Ballard Spahr is known for defending high-stakes consumer product class actions, automotive industry experience, and for litigating and counseling on catastrophic accidents and systemic failures of industrial and commercial goods. Our clients include automotive and petrochemical companies, utilities, and energy vendors. Our lawyers have tried cases and have regularly prevailed in dismissing substantial matters early in the litigation. But we also have hands-on experience working with companies before litigation arises, at the product development stage, to mitigate risks. We have regular, ongoing relationships with top experts in many fields necessary to effectively defend complex litigation, as well as networks of local counsel to cover cases around the country.

We have achieved milestones in product class actions that separate us from other firms:

  • We have had the rare experience of trying four product liability class actions through a jury verdict.
  • We achieved an exceptionally rare post-trial decertification of a class in a product liability case against a leading automaker.
  • We regularly have success defeating or significantly limiting product class actions at the pleadings stage, striking class allegations, eliminating substantive causes of action.
  • We have successfully mediated more than a dozen complex cases within the past several years, often employing unique settlement structures resulting in a substantial reduction in exposure and costs to our clients.


Walters, Neal (Head of Department)

Rivera-Soto, Roberto A


Aerospace & Defence

Automobiles & Parts

Construction & Materials

Consumer Product Manufacturing


Food & Drink Producers

Industrial Engineering

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Technology, Hardware & Electronics