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Product Liability Defence 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Elizabeth Curtin is a standout name in the product liability space who is commended for her work advising major pharma, medical device and manufacturing clients in complex litigations.


Elizabeth C Curtin, a partner in Sidley Austin’s Chicago office, focuses her practice on product liability litigation and has advised and defended pharmaceutical, medical device, manufacturing and consumer goods clients in complex litigation matters for more than 15 years. She provides clients with essential advice at every stage of the litigation process, from pretrial litigation to trial, including the coordination of case-specific discovery, depositions, court appearances, strategic planning, fact investigation and the drafting of pleadings, motions, and briefs in state and federal jurisdictions. She also advises companies on litigation risks associated with business decisions and transactions.

Elizabeth is one of the lead strategic lawyers in a major medical device litigation involving allegations of failure to report adverse events and related claims in state and federal courts.  She previously represented a major cardiac medical device company in product liability litigation involving allegations of manufacturing and design defects in state and federal courts. She has also tried a case involving alleged chemical exposure and birth defects, obtaining a defence verdict in the Circuit Court of Cook County for a manufacturing client.

Elizabeth has significant experience with FDA regulatory issues, including the interface between regulations and sales and marketing conduct, and development of FDA experts and fact witnesses for deposition and trial. Also, she has extensive experience with scientific and medical aspects of product liability cases, having deposed medical and scientific fact witness and expert physicians in a variety of fields, and drafted Daubert/Frye motions. She has developed defence experts in areas ranging from FDA regulatory to medical specialities, at case-specific and national litigation levels.

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