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Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

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Managing Partner: Linda S Woolf
Senior Partner: Richard M Barnes
Number of partners: 28
Number of other lawyers: 21

Firm Overview:
Goodell DeVries is a premier trial litigation firm located in Baltimore and Philadelphia that represents clients nationally in a range of complex litigation matters. Because it focuses entirely on litigation, its attorneys — partners and associates alike — have a remarkable amount of trial experience, with many associates having contributed to more trials than senior partners at other firms. It is this level of experience that has inspired clients to trust the firm with their highest-exposure cases in the most complex areas of litigation. The firm makes its mission to know its clients’ business and to partner with them to protect and advance their business objectives, as well as to achieve a favorable litigation result. The firm’s practice areas include pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, healthcare, products liability, mass tort and class action, intellectual property, insurance coverage, construction, employment, professional malpractice, consumer fraud litigation, false claims and whistleblower actions, and a variety of other commercial and tort matters.

Main Areas of Practice: 

-Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation
-Medical Institutions & Medical Malpractice
-Commercial & Business Tort Litigation
-Insurance Coverage

Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation:
The firm’s attorneys have represented major pharmaceutical and medical device companies in product liability, class action, and mass tort litigation since the 1980s. The firm currently is engaged in several large product liability matters involving industrial equipment, talcum powder, toxic tort, OTC medicines, and prescription pharmaceuticals. Our lawyers argue important legal issues in federal and state trial and appellate courts around the country and are counsel of record in several prominent reported product liability decisions. In addition to trying to verdict high-profile cases, the firm has been responsible for developing and implementing successful defense strategies and developing nationally-recognized experts in the fields of drug safety, biostatistics, health economics, epidemiology, engineering, biomechanics, metallurgy and materials science, protein biochemistry, hematology, toxicology, radiology, mammography, regulatory affairs, and labeling. Members have served as national counsel in litigation involving pacemakers, pacemaker leads, defibrillators, ranitidine (generic Zantac), talc and talcum powder products, mechanical heart valves, HIV-tainted blood products, Hepatitis C, Cipro/ Avelox, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen/Advil, Baycol, and dental devices. Members have also served as trial counsel and regional counsel in litigation involving industrial/ material handling equipment, benzene, the Dalkon Shield, Rezulin, Neurontin, Seroquel, hormone replacement therapy, artificial knees, hips and spinal devices, pain pumps, HIV-tainted blood products, Zoloft, Yaz, and diet drugs.
Contacts: Richard M Barnes, Thomas J Cullen, Jr

Medical Institutions & Medical Malpractice Litigation:
Goodell DeVries represents health systems, academic centers, individual hospitals, and healthcare providers on a regional and local basis. Work for these institutions includes defending claims of professional negligence, credentialing disputes, and commercial matters. The firm has been retained to represent hospital leadership and medical staffs in litigation over termination of hospital privileges. The firm’s attorneys have represented healthcare providers in every medical specialty involving claims of medical negligence, and they have tried numerous cases to verdict. Its attorneys frequently defend claims alleging catastrophic neurologic injuries arising from obstetric care, neonatal management, and birth trauma. The firm also handles state and federal appellate work, including issues regarding admissibility of scientific evidence, tort reform, and novel legal theories.
Contacts: Marianne Plant, Craig B Merkle

Commercial & Business Tort Litigation:
The firm’s attorneys have represented local, national, and international clients in litigation arising from the sale of subsidiaries and business units, intellectual property disputes (including trademark infringement and anti-counterfeiting cases), antitrust, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices, noncompetition agreements, theft of technology, shareholder derivative suits, claims against corporate directors and officers, trustees, securities brokers and fiduciaries, ERISA class actions, defamation, tortious interference with contract, government procurement disputes, and other business torts. The firm regularly represents national and international insurers in complex insurance coverage disputes involving directors and officers, errors and omissions, excess and surplus lines, and other insurance products. The firm also represents securities/ dealers and registered representatives in NASD proceedings and SEC audits. Additionally, the firm represents professionals (attorneys, accountants, and engineers) in professional liability matters, as well as general contractors and subcontractors in construction defect claims.
Contacts: Linda S Woolf, Richard M Barnes, K Nichole Nesbitt

Insurance Coverage:
Goodell DeVries’s insurance coverage attorneys represent major insurance companies in complex coverage litigation, including declaratory judgment actions, bad faith, and other matters. The firm also represents corporate and other institutional policyholders, as well as self-insureds, risk retention groups and captive insurers in coverage litigation. The firm’s attorneys provide advice and litigate cases involving a wide variety of insurance products, policy provisions, exclusions, conditions, and endorsements. Work in this arena has included cases involving directors, officers and entity liability; occupational exposures; cyber liability; fiduciary liability; catastrophic property loss; mass tort and class actions; construction defects; pollution, bodily injury and property damage; pharmaceutical and medical device; employment practices; medical, legal, and accounting errors and omissions; and property owner/manager disputes.

The firm represents the largest pharmaceutical and industrial companies in the United States on a national and regional basis. It also represents medical systems and individual medical institutions in a variety of litigation contexts. It represents international, national, and local corporations in commercial litigation and international and national insurance companies in coverage litigation. Finally, it represents numerous national and local companies in toxic tort litigation.

International Work:
The firm has served as international counsel for a medical device manufacturer, Accufix Research Institute, Inc. (ARI), formally Telectronics Pacing Systems, Inc. The international defense of ARI by the firm included a class action and other isolated cases pending in Canada, a defibrillator case in the United Kingdom, and many product liability matters in France. The firm also assisted ARI in matters pending in Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, and Australia (working with Phillips Fox and Freehills). Finally, the firm advised the officers of ARI in connection with negotiations involving agreements entered into by ARI with related corporations. The firm has represented Pacific Dunlop Limited (n/k/a Ansell Limited), an Australian corporation, in litigation arising from the sale of certain worldwide subsidiaries, including litigation in Illinois state court, federal court, and bankruptcy court. The firm represented Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in a multi-million dollar fidelity bond claim brought in Greece by a Greek subsidiary of Marriott Corporation.