Provided by Dechert LLP
For decades, members of Dechert’s team have been lead counsel in many of the most complex, high-profile tort and consumer fraud matters, including in the following industries; pharmaceuticals, medical products and devices, asbestos, chemicals, smokeless tobacco, agriculture, foods, alcoholic beverages, computers, consumer products, and building materials.
Our practice group has handled mass tort matters that include: MDLs and state-court coordinated actions; enforcement actions by Attorneys General; environmental and toxic torts; RICO claims; state consumer-fraud and deceptive-practice claims; claims for medical monitoring; claims based on market share liability and novel theories of causation; and high-stakes cases where plaintiffs seek punitive damages. We also advise clients on warning and recall issues, responsible document creation, and retention programs, public relations and communication strategies, and other methods for mitigating current and future litigation risks.
Dechert has successfully litigated large-scale, high-profile cases at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. A long history of experience has given us a deep understanding of the court systems in numerous U.S. states. On the federal level, we’ve successfully litigated cases before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as federal and state appeals courts nationwide.
Houses impressive capabilities in the product liability and mass torts space. Renowned for its expertise in toxic torts litigation and also possesses a wealth of experience representing major names in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Skillfully coordinates major multidistrict product liability litigation as well as offering notable prowess in appellate matters.
- Dechert LLP represented GSK Consumer Healthcare Holdings in a putative class action regarding allegations of false and misleading product descriptions for 26 chapstick products.
Sheila Birnbaum is highly acclaimed for her track record of success acting as national counsel for major companies in mass torts and appellate cases. She is especially renowned for her strengths in high-profile pharmaceutical MDLs, as well as handling toxic torts.
"Sheila is a force of nature. Her energy, intelligence, judgment, advice are unparalleled." "She has an incredible depth of knowledge."
Kimberly Branscome is a well-regarded trial lawyer who has amassed a broad range of experience in mass torts and class actions. Her skills range from personal injury lawsuits in the automotive industry to toxic torts.
"Kimberly is an outstanding attorney."
Mark Cheffo is highly experienced as both national coordinator and trial counsel for numerous mass torts in the pharmaceutical and environmental spaces.
"Flexibility, adaptability and creativity are great strengths of Mark's, as well as his practical approach to settlement negotiations and trial preparation."
Douglas Fleming is an experienced product liability litigator, distinguished by his expert handling of environmental toxic torts and insurance disputes.
"Doug is a solid lawyer. I admire his level of expertise and his stillness even amid chaos.""He has the great ability to balance practical, commercial considerations with legal risk."
Robert Heim is a well-respected trial lawyer who has acted on a number of significant product liability cases in pharmaceuticals and medical devices.