Mass Torts & Product Liability

Our approach to high-stakes mass torts and product liability work can be summed up in one word: relentless.

We never stop working for the right result – from compliance counseling that nips potential problems in the bud to aggressive motion practices that resolve cases before they make headlines to full-blown victories in court. That’s why global leaders in the chemical, pharmaceutical, medical device, automotive and manufacturing sectors turn to us for their bet-the-company cases.

National Counsel, Winning Trial Team

When it comes to complex, multidistrict litigations, bench strength matters. We successfully defend companies in mass torts involving thousands of plaintiffs nationwide, in some of the most plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in the country. We’re also national coordinating counsel to a Fortune 50 multinational, directing the work of local counsel and ensuring coordinated and effective case strategies in courts around the country.

  • Our readiness to try cases presents a credible threat that is often powerful in resolving disputes short of trial. And when you want to send a message to the market by going to trial, our trial teams stand ready to make the case and win over jurors. We’re proud to have prevailed at trial in cases where our clients were the holdout defendants, refusing to settle meritless claims. Our highly regarded appellate lawyers often get involved in cases at the outset, helping ensure judgments and verdicts hold up on appeal.

    Complex Cross-Border Work

    We are increasingly becoming the go-to firm for international manufacturers trying to navigate the U.S. tort law system. We’re currently representing a major Chinese state-owned manufacturer in one of the largest multidistrict mass tort litigations in the U.S. Recognizing there are unique nuances to the U.S. system, we offer actionable, comprehensible advice informed by a knowledge of our clients’ home markets.

    Recognized Leaders

    Our practice is frequently recognized as one of the top powerhouse practices in the country:

    • Chambers USA says, “Highlighted for its expertise in toxic tort litigation, with a particular specialty in defending chemical industry giants from asbestos-related mass tort claims. Fields a strong bench of capable trial lawyers who are regularly called upon to act in national counsel and first-chair trial roles.”

    • Chambers USA quotes our clients’ endorsements, “They’re very good at bringing teams together, and they do an awesome job. They’re very creative - they're just one of the best.”

    • The Legal 500 US calls us, “efficient, creative and nimble” and says Orrick “stands out for its asbestos exposure and personal injury litigation expertise.”

    • The American Lawyer wrote that we’ve “amassed a sterling appellate record for product liability defendants, including vaccine and lead paint makers and The Dow Chemical Company.”

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