Best Lawyers for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants in America

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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Construction Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Environmental Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Coral Gables, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Savannah, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Transportation Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Litigation - Securities Litigation - Intellectual Property Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Administrative / Regulatory Law Utilities Law Litigation - Construction Consumer Law Litigation - Antitrust Construction Law Commercial Litigation Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Securities Regulation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Insurance Family Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Sports Law Government Relations Practice Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Criminal Defense: General Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law DUI / DWI Defense
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation Patent Law Arbitration Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Insurance Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Media Law Litigation - Securities Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Qui Tam Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Labor and Employment Trade Secrets Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Insurance Law Professional Malpractice Law Mass Tort Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Aviation Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Litigation - Construction Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Beaumont, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Arbitration Litigation - Intellectual Property Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Antitrust Patent Law Mass Tort Litigation Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Product Liability Litigation Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Corporate Compliance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1999
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Environmental Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Energy Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Mergers and Acquisitions Law Information Technology Law Antitrust Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Appellate Practice Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law Litigation - Securities Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Edwardsville, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Transportation Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - Insurance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Corporate Governance Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Banking and Finance Arbitration Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Family Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Compliance Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Securities / Capital Markets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction Gaming Law Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Arbitration Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Real Estate Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Mediation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Personal Injury Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Construction Construction Law Litigation - Securities Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Mass Tort Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Real Estate Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Food and Beverage Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Consumer Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - Insurance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Huntington, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Railroad Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Labor Law - Management Food and Beverage Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Belleville, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Environmental Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Privacy and Data Security Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Technology Law Antitrust Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Antitrust Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Insurance Law Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation Professional Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Oil and Gas Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Edwardsville, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation Professional Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
Robert A. "Bob" Bragalone was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Robert A. "Bob" Bragalone

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Antitrust Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Construction Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
W. Richard "Rick" Braun  III was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

W. Richard "Rick" Braun III

Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Beaumont, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Construction Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Environmental Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Food and Beverage Law Litigation - Securities Patent Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Privacy and Data Security Law Commercial Litigation Advertising Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Real Estate Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Land Use and Zoning Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Labor Law - Union Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Individuals Environmental Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Employment Law - Management Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Technology Law Litigation - Antitrust Privacy and Data Security Law Communications Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation Professional Malpractice Law Civil Rights Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Litigation - Construction Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Public Finance Law Commercial Litigation Economic Development Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Corporate Compliance Law Litigation - Municipal Privacy and Data Security Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Banking and Finance Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Corporate Law Municipal Law Corporate Governance Law Entertainment Law - Music Financial Services Regulation Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Derivatives and Futures Law Project Finance Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Finance Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Construction Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Construction Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law Employment Law - Management Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Belleville, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Banking and Finance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Employment Law - Management Construction Law Insurance Law Labor Law - Union Railroad Law Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Individuals Mass Tort Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Transportation Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Utilities Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Energy Law Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mediation Litigation - Environmental Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law Arbitration Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Energy Law Real Estate Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Commercial Litigation Oil and Gas Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Construction Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Energy Law Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Utilities Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Energy Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Franchise Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Banking and Finance Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation
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  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Construction Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Employment Law - Management
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  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration - Commercial Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - ERISA Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Corporate Law Financial Services Regulation Law Litigation - Insurance Litigation - ERISA Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law Health Care Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Consumer Protection Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
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  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Environmental Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation
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  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Environmental Insurance Law Litigation - Insurance Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Fairfax, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law Health Care Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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Thomas Louis "Louis" Colletta , Jr. was awarded 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" in

Thomas Louis "Louis" Colletta , Jr.

Thomas Louis Colleta, Jr.
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Insurance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Berwyn, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Banking and Finance Law Litigation - Real Estate Antitrust Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Consumer Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Litigation - Environmental Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Cannabis Law FDA Law Municipal Law Litigation - Health Care Agriculture Law Health Care Law Litigation - Municipal Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Consumer Protection Law Transportation Law Food and Beverage Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Government Contracts Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Criminal Defense: White-Collar Corporate Compliance Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Torrance, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation Transportation Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Securities / Capital Markets Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Morristown, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Transportation Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation Litigation - Construction Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Construction Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland Washington, District of Columbia Washington, District of Columbia Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Arbitration Family Law Collaborative Law: Family Law Appellate Practice Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Family Law Mediation Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Utilities Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Aviation Law

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Practice Area Definition

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Definition

Class actions and mass tort litigation typically arise from a single episode or related events that allegedly injure a “mass” of individuals and/or their property. The number of claimants may range from a few dozen to many thousands. The volume of plaintiffs and complexity of claims and issues dictate special judicial management and require experienced defense counsel. In mass tort litigation, global issues that affect all claimants may be consolidated, especially in federal courts. Cases may be aggregated in federal multi-district litigation (“MDLs”) for coordination of pretrial proceedings, in which questions of fact common to all plaintiffs, key legal issues, and discovery may be handled on a global basis. Following the determination of fact issues, plaintiffs’ unique claims often are tried independently. The Court may order trials of the claims of certain plaintiffs in mass tort litigation as test, or “bellwether,” cases. Bellwether cases may provide the courts with guidance on the related claims’ suitability for group development and litigation. State court consolidation and management vary widely. With class actions, the class of plaintiffs may be voluminous, with all asserting damages arising from a common occurrence or related events; however, in contrast to mass tort litigation, the “class” often is represented by a single individual or a small group of individuals who embody the claims and damages of the larger group. Class actions in federal courts are governed by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23. Members of the “class” may be bound by findings related to that class. Class certification often is denied due to state law restrictions (or prohibitions) on class actions or the predomination of plaintiffs’ individualized circumstances over any common issues. 

Defense counsel's role in consolidated litigation includes all tasks inherent in the traditional litigation setting, with an added managerial component of litigation coordination and organization of global discovery, including:

  • Identification and differentiation of the nature of individualized and global claims
  • Document management and review, including electronic data and e-mails
  • Expert witness development and preparation
  • MDL and bellwether trials
  • Defeating class certification
  • Improper joinder
  • Development of comprehensive trial strategies
  • Development of consistent factual and legal positions in coordination with counsel representing named defendants on local and national levels
  • Working with lawyers from different firms as a “virtual” law firm
  • Trials of claims of certified classes or individual mass tort plaintiffs
  • Global settlement negotiations

Class actions and mass tort litigation typically arise from a single episode or related events that allegedly injure a “mass” of individuals and/or their property. The number of claimants may range from a few dozen to many thousands. The volume of plaintiffs and complexity of claims and issues dictate special judicial management and require experienced defense counsel. In mass tort litigation, global issues that affect all claimants may be consolidated, especially in federal courts. Cases may be aggregated in federal multi-district litigation (“MDLs”) for coordination of pretrial proceedings, in which questions of fact common to all plaintiffs, key legal issues, and discovery may be handled on a global basis. Following the determination of fact issues, plaintiffs’ unique claims often are tried independently. The Court may order trials of the claims of certain plaintiffs in mass tort litigation as test, or “bellwether,” cases. Bellwether cases may provide the courts with guidance on the related claims’ suitability for group development and litigation. State court consolidation and management vary widely. With class actions, the class of plaintiffs may be voluminous, with all asserting damages arising from a common occurrence or related events; however, in contrast to mass tort litigation, the “class” often is represented by a single individual or a small group of individuals who embody the claims and damages of the larger group. Class actions in federal courts are governed by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23. Members of the “class” may be bound by findings related to that class. Class certification often is denied due to state law restrictions (or prohibitions) on class actions or the predomination of plaintiffs’ individualized circumstances over any common issues. 

Defense counsel's role in consolidated litigation includes all tasks inherent in the traditional litigation setting, with an added managerial component of litigation coordination and organization of global discovery, including:

  • Identification and differentiation of the nature of individualized and global claims
  • Document management and review, including electronic data and e-mails
  • Expert witness development and preparation
  • MDL and bellwether trials
  • Defeating class certification
  • Improper joinder
  • Development of comprehensive trial strategies
  • Development of consistent factual and legal positions in coordination with counsel representing named defendants on local and national levels
  • Working with lawyers from different firms as a “virtual” law firm
  • Trials of claims of certified classes or individual mass tort plaintiffs
  • Global settlement negotiations