This year we highlight 624 practitioners for their unparalleled expertise in product liability defence, from conducting high-stakes mass tort actions to coordinating global product recall measures across a range of industries and sectors.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Mark Behrens is recognised by sources as a leading authority on liability law in the US market, thanks to his 25-plus years of experience handling related claims.
Madeleine McDonough garners plaudits for her sterling work on sophisticated liability disputes relating to pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.
William Sampson is highly sought after for his substantial experience handling complex class actions on behalf of multinational automobile manufacturers.
Scott Sayler impresses market sources with his adept handling of product liability claims and related litigation.
Alicia Donahue stands out for her three decades of experience navigating pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers through high-value product liability disputes.
Seasoned trial lawyer Donald (Fritz) Zimmer Jr comes highly recommended for his leading expertise in toxic torts and medical device litigation.
Chilton Davis Varner is lauded as “the dean of product liability law” by peers who highlight her decades of experience in contentious proceedings.
Peers remark the “exceptional” Andrew Bayman “really is at the top of the practice” thanks to his first-class work advising medical device and automotive manufacturers on complex product liability issues.
Lana Varney regularly counsels pharmaceutical and medical device companies on the gamut of product liability claims.
Sources commend Tripp Haston for his top-tier work on complex multi-district litigation and complex mass torts.
Charles “Chuck” Stewart III is “simply the best in Alabama” according to impressed respondents who highlight his three decades of experience resolving personal injury and product liability claims.
Lindsey Boney IV has amassed considerable experience in navigating major pharmaceutical clients through high-stakes liability issues.
Lela Hollabaugh is a leading lawyer with a strong reputation for her work on product liability disputes arising from the pharmaceutical industry.
Gordon McKee is a “tremendously gifted, thorough, learned, hard-working and fearless expert”, considered to be “the dean of Canadian products trial work” by market commentators.
James Sullivan QC is hailed as “one of the very best trial lawyers in all of Canada” thanks to his extensive knowledge of class action defence.
The “excellent” Robin Linley is highlighted as a go-to lawyer for product liability disputes in the automotive and pharmaceutical industries.
Catherine Beagan Flood stands out as “brilliant national counsel and an excellent strategist” who excels in class actions and regulatory disputes.
The “terrific” Tarek Ismail is a “strategic and effective litigator”. One respondent adds, “He is perhaps the smartest lawyer I have ever come across.”
Joe Tomaselli Jr is renowned for his adept handling of complex product liability cases arising from the pharmaceutical industry.
Shayna Cook has amassed significant experience representing multinational chemical manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies in personal injury and product liability claims.
Sheila Birnbaum is a “terrific products lawyer” with decades of experience representing high-profile clients in complex multi-district litigation.
Mark Cheffo receives acclaim for his leading expertise in pharmaceutical, medical device and insurance liability claims.
Rachel Passaretti-Wu is “among the most strategic, thoughtful and skilled lawyers” in product liability practice. She “clearly conveys complex legal issues in an easy to digest manner” and is “exceedingly strong on legal and factual issues”.
Nancy Erfle is held in high regard for her top-tier advice to manufacturers regarding class actions and product liability matters.
Laura De Santos possesses substantial experience in defending pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in high-value product liability claims.
Jack McCowan Jr is a long-standing figure in the products market, renowned for his extensive experience in medical device and toxic tort litigation.
Michael Brown is distinguished among peers thanks to his in-depth understanding of product liability issues across the life sciences industry.
James Beck is “a great resource” thanks to his “encyclopaedic knowledge of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation law”.
Steven Boranian wins plaudits as a “genius brief writer” with a “deep understanding of legal issues and case law”.
Stephen McConnell is “incredibly smart and terrific” remark impressed sources, one of whom notes he is “one of the most articulate advocates out there”.
Archibald Reeves IV earns high praise for his top-drawer product liability practice which focuses on the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
Edward Sledge III is a seasoned litigator, celebrated for his significant expertise in high-stakes product liability claims.
Frederick Helmsing Jr is noted for his first-class practice, encompassing white-collar and product liability defence.
With more than 40 years of experience in the field, William Roedder Jr is well versed in dealing with complex liability disputes on behalf of manufacturers and insurance carriers.
The “outstanding” David Dukes “belongs on the top of the list” according to sources, who consider him “one of the best-known and most talented product defence lawyers in the country”.
Marc Williams is highlighted for his expansive knowledge of product liability law and class action defence.
John Kuppens is endorsed by peers for his detailed understanding of product liability claims and related regulation.
James Rogers is held in high regard by market sources, thanks to his tremendous understanding of pharmaceutical and medical devices-related litigation.
Other Leading Individuals
At Fasken, Peter Pliszka is revered for his top-notch work defending manufacturers from high-stakes and multi-jurisdictional class actions. One peer adds, “He is very cordial and easy to work with.”
Steven Rosenhek stands out as “an excellent choice for international clients”. He is “a great and cooperative lawyer” who excels in high-stakes class actions.
Glenn Zakaib from Borden Ladner Gervais is recognised among sources as a go-to name for product liability and life insurance claims in Canada.
Mary Thomson of Gowling WLG is held in high esteem for her outstanding work on liability disputes relating to medical devices and pharmaceutical products.
The “excellent” Scott Maidment at McMillan wins plaudits as a market-leading litigator, focused on complex class actions arising from the life sciences, technology and insurance industries.
Lindsay Lorimer is “an excellent lawyer”, applauded for her excellence in handling high-value liability claims and related class action proceedings.
From Hood Law Firm, Molly Hood Craig enjoys “a strong reputation” thanks to her market-leading expertise in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.
James Hood is a highly esteemed civil litigator with a broad practice covering personal injuries, product liability and insurance coverage disputes.
Quentin Urquhart Jr with Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore is recognised as “a terrific trial lawyer” and “an international product liability defence powerhouse”, who is “tactical and strategic with flair in his execution”.
R Bruce Barze Jr of Barze Taylor Noles Lowther is “a superb practitioner” who is “great with juries and very knowledgeable on the law”.
At Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Charles Cohen is a “top-league player” with a “deep understanding of many jurisdictions”, making him a “valuable asset for international cases”.
James Fitzpatrick is praised as “a wise and talented lawyer” who “does a great job coordinating global strategy for his clients’ best interests”. He sits “among the leading product liability specialists in New York”.
James Campbell at Campbell Conroy & O’Neil is highlighted as “one of the best-known product liability defence specialists in New England”. One peer adds, “He is a dynamo with extraordinary skills.”
Diane Sullivan at Weil Gotshal & Manges is a seasoned litigator, well versed in navigating pharmaceutical giants through high-stakes product liability claims.
Christy Jones from Butler Snow has amassed more than 40 years of experience representing domestic and multinational clients in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.
Spencer Silverglate from Clarke Silverglate enjoys an impressive reputation for his profound expertise in personal injury claims and class action defence proceedings.
Amy Sherry Fischer at Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom commands “a great presence” in the courtroom. She “knows the law inside and out” and is “excellent with juries and witnesses”.
Larry Ottaway is “a wonderful lawyer” who impresses in professional negligence, insurance coverage and product liability briefs.
At Arnold & Porter, Sheila Boston is “a terrific lawyer and a delight to work with” according to respondents, who praise her deep expertise in product liability defence.
Lyn Pruitt with DLA Piper is applauded for her exceptional work representing leading pharmaceutical and medical device companies in product liability litigation.
At Venable, Craig Thompson is considered “an incredibly hard-working, empathetic and insightful lawyer” by impressed peers, who highlight his strong track record in product liability and personal injury disputes.
Bruce Parker earns acclaim as an authority on product liability matters pertaining to the life sciences sector.
Philip Beck of Bartlit Beck stands out as a top choice for pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers seeking counsel for mass torts and product liability issues.
Andrew Chamberlin at Ellis & Winters is hailed for his long-standing litigation practice which encompasses complex product liability and personal injury disputes.
At Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, John Beisner excels at handling sophisticated product liability briefs and consumer class actions.
Jessica Miller is heralded for her in-depth expertise in defending big-name clients against complex mass tort claims.
John Lay Jr at Gallivan White & Boyd wins widespread praise for his first-class work on pharmaceutical product claims and insurance coverage disputes.
Gregory Lederer of Lederer Weston Craig enjoys an enviable reputation for his extensive experience advising pharmaceutical companies on product liability matters.
Mike Brock at Kirkland & Ellis is an esteemed litigator, renowned for his deep knowledge of product liability law.
Stephanie Rippee from Watkins & Eager possesses more than 25 years of experience navigating clients across the United States through complex product liability disputes.
Neil Goldberg at Goldberg Segalla is highlighted for his adept handling of complex personal injury and product liability cases.
Michael Imbroscio with Covington & Burling is a go-to name in the North American market for mass torts and sophisticated product liability cases.
Beth Wilkinson at Wilkinson Stekloff receives praise as “a superb trial lawyer” with three decades of experience representing pharmaceutical companies in high-value product liability claims.
Jeffrey Holmstrand from Grove Holmstrand & Delk is a seasoned practitioner, widely experienced at defending big-name clients in complex class actions.
Douglas Marvin at Williams & Connolly stands out as “one of the very best legal thinkers and diplomats in the business”.
L Gino Marchetti Jr with Taylor Pigue Marchetti & Blair is “an outstanding lawyer”, celebrated for his broad expertise spanning bankruptcy law, insurance and product liability defence.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
John Meltzer is “very much respected” by respondents who distinguish him as “an icon of product liability practice”.
Ina Brock earns high praise from peers who claim she is “the very best in Germany” for liability disputes relating to medical devices and pharmaceutical products.
Christine Gateau is a “smart and efficient lawyer”, well versed in defending high-value product liability claims.
Francesca Rolla is a “strong product liability litigator with significant experience” resolving multi-party and cross-border disputes.
The “excellent” Sebastian Lach is a “leading figure in the German market” with extensive experience handling high-profile product liability disputes in the life sciences industry.
The “fantastic” Christian Di Mauro is a leading litigator, revered for his “client-oriented approach” and top-tier advice on a range of product liability issues.
Matthew Felwick is a “renowned product liability specialist”, recognised as an “experienced, enthusiastic and dynamic expert”.
Thomas Rouhette ranks highly among peers thanks to his “wealth of experience, immense knowledge and flair” when it comes to product liability claims.
Sylvie Gallage-Alwis is held in high esteem for her “strong expertise and skilful handling of product liability matters”. She is commended for her “in-depth knowledge of legislation and business-oriented approach”.
Emmanuèle Lutfalla is lauded as “a clever, assiduous and meticulous lawyer” with a strong reputation for her work on complex insurance and product liability disputes.
Simon Castley is recognised for his “strong global practice and international perspective”. He excels at handling product liability disputes and related regulatory matters.
Alison Newstead is “certainly a go-to lawyer” for product liability matters according to peers who describe her as “dynamic, experienced and a real pleasure to work with”.
Sarah Croft stands out as a “market-leading product liability specialist” who “adeptly evaluates claims to work out the best possible resolution for her clients”.
Samuel Sebree II possesses an impressive reputation for his profound expertise in multi-jurisdictional product liability and tort litigation.
John Blain is an “outstanding lawyer and trusted advisor” who impresses with his excellent work on product safety recalls, related regulation and cross-border litigation.
Andrew Austin is distinguished among peers as a “leading product liability litigator” thanks to his “great judgement and network of clients”.
Other Leading Individuals
The “outstanding” Daniela Karollus-Bruner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte is commended for her 20-plus years of experience navigating big-name clients through complex product liability and insurance disputes.
At Cooley, Rod Freeman is singled out among peers as an “exceptional trial lawyer” with deep expertise in product liability law.
Ian Dodds-Smith of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer “commands great respect” as “the doyen of product liability in the life sciences sector”.
Bill Perry from Carter Perry Bailey is “well versed in handling sophisticated and high-end insurance disputes” including complex coverage and liability litigation.
Jacques-Antoine Robert with Simmons & Simmons is “absolutely terrific” for product liability disputes arising from the healthcare and life sciences sectors.
Vonnick le Guillou at DLA Piper is a “vastly experienced and well-regarded practitioner, especially in the aerospace product liability field”, remark impressed sources.
At Squire Patton Boggs, peers highlight Valérie Ravit as “an excellent and extremely smart colleague” with “detailed experience and expertise in the product liability space”.
Taylor Wessing’s Henning Moelle is “a fantastic lawyer with a strong presence in the German market” and a “wealth of clients” to his name.
Anton Maurer of Anton Maurer International Legal Services is a renowned litigator, focused on cross-border negotiations and liability disputes.
Roddy Bourke at McCann FitzGerald earns widespread praise as a “true product liability specialist” who is “marvellously articulate” and “highly intelligent”.
From Meitar Law Offices, Ron Peleg wins plaudits as “Israel’s leading pharmaceutical products lawyer”. His exceptional practice “continues to amaze year after year”.
At Studio Legale Giorgetti, Alessandro Giorgetti is “simply phenomenal” according to impressed sources who applaud his expert handling of insurance, product liability and negligence disputes.
Daniele Vecchi at Gianni & Origoni is an “extremely well-experienced practitioner” who “really knows his way around product liability issues and class actions”. He is lauded as “extremely pragmatic and great at explaining Italian law to international clients”.
Ianika Tzankova from Birkway is held in high regard among peers, and is recognised as a “terrific lawyer” who shines in complex product liability class actions.
Ewa Rutkowska with KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński stands out as a “go-to for product liability disputes in Poland” thanks to her “long-standing experience in the area”.
The “amazing” Joanna Fulton at Burness Paull impresses peers who “would recommend her to any client” thanks to her enviable track record in product liability litigation.
Jodok Wicki from CMS von Erlach Poncet is a “brilliant lawyer” with significant expertise in insurance liability claims.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Colin Loveday is heralded as the “dean of Australian product law”, and “one of the very best lawyers in the business”.
Andrew Morrison stands out as an “extremely clever practitioner” with two decades of experience defending complex consumer products claims for his clients.
Greg Williams is highlighted as “very knowledgeable on local law and practice”. He is commended for having “lots of experience handling complex cross-border cases”.
Ross McInnes “really earns his place on this list”, according to impressed sources who consider him “a top choice for complex product liability matters”.
Other Leading Individuals
Stuart Clark AM of SSC Advisory is recognised as a “talented, hard-working and charming lawyer” who sits “among the best product liability specialists in Australia”.
The “bright and determined” Annette Hughes from Corrs Chambers Westgarth is held in high esteem by sources thanks to her “many years of experience in the products space, including in multi-jurisdictional litigation”.
At King & Wood Mallesons, Ariel Ye is a “sensible and pragmatic figure” who “knows everything worth knowing” about product liability law.
Akihiro Hironaka with Nishimura & Asahi enjoys a strong reputation as an “excellent litigator who leads the Japanese pharmaceutical products market”.
At City-Yuwa Partners, the “brilliant” Mikio Tanaka comes highly recommended for his strong experience advising clients from a range of industries on complex product liability issues.
Noriko Higashizawa is revered for her deep expertise in product liability litigation arising from pharmaceutical products and medical devices.
Brian Oh of Kim & Chang regularly represents big-name clients in complex product liability disputes. He is renowned for his “extensive experience” and “ability to think outside of the box”.
Robert Gapes at Simpson Grierson is a “helpful and thorough litigator” who excels at domestic and international product liability claims.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
At Marval O’Farrell Mairal, Facundo Viel Temperley is “a wonderful lawyer”, commended for the “clear and actionable advice” he delivers to clients on complex liability claims.
Sérgio Pinheiro Marçal from Pinheiro Neto Advogados stands out as “one of the finest product liability lawyers in Brazil” thanks to his “wealth of experience” and “strong reputation in the life sciences sector”.
At Veirano Advogados, the “excellent” Rosângela Delgado is highlighted for her in-depth expertise in high-stakes product liability and regulatory litigation.
Christian Perez Rueda with Lloreda Camacho & Co is noted for his “accurate and well-supported legal opinions”, as well as his “deep analysis and innovative solutions”. One client adds, “He is definitely the person you want by your side in important litigation.”
Gustavo Tamayo Arango is singled out as “an amazing lawyer” with decades of experience litigating in complex cross-border product liability disputes.