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Dechert LLP

Product Liability & Mass Torts

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What the team is known for

Houses impressive capabilities in the products liability and mass torts space, having bolstered its bench with a significant team of partners and associates that continues to attract new clients. 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.

Strengths

Sources remark: "They are excellent lawyers and the products group is very good."

Another source comments: "They are very good, very collegial and attentive to details - I appreciate and enjoy working with them."

"The firm is top-notch," says another interviewee.

Work highlights

Represented 3M in an MDL and associated state court litigation relating to the design, manufacture and sale of combat arms earplugs.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Fleming is an experienced product liability litigator, distinguished by his expert handling of environmental toxic torts and insurance disputes.
"Douglas is a good, strong lawyer." "A really smart attorney."

Kimberly Branscome is an increasingly 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.
"A tremendous trial attorney with with very good judgment - a terrific young lawyer." "She is just fantastic, her poise is impressive in front of the bench and her peers. She is exceptionally good at product liability and high-stakes litigation - one of the best litigation strategists I have worked with."

Mark Cheffo is highly experienced as both national coordinator and trial counsel for numerous mass torts in the pharmaceutical and environmental spaces.
"Super skilled and highly talented in this area - a very good litigator." "He is a good tactician with strong relationships in the plaintiffs' Bar and with judges."

Robert Heim is a well-respected trial lawyer who has acted on a number of significant product liability cases in pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
"A talented lawyer with a great reputation and great instincts." "He's professional and courteous but always advocates zealously and appropriately for his clients."

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.
"The dean of the mass torts Bar." "Sheila is one of the best thinkers in the country when it comes to product liability."

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Overview

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.

Product Liability & Mass Torts

Dechert LLP

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Location

Cira Centre

2929 Arch Street

Philadelphia

Pennsylvania

USA

PA 19104-2808

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

USA - Nationwide

Product Liability & Mass Torts


Kimberly Branscome
Up and Coming
Mark S Cheffo
Band 1
Robert C Heim
Band 5
Sheila L Birnbaum
Star Individuals

Product Liability: Pharmaceutical


Mark S Cheffo
Spotlight Table
Sheila L Birnbaum
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