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GT Wins Am Law 'Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year'

ATLANTA – Jan. 24, 2018 – Greenberg Traurig, LLP has been selected as the “Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year” by The American Lawyer.

The article announcing the win, “Punching Above its Weight: Greenberg Traurig, Winner, Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year,” notes that “when the chips are down, [the firm’s] products liability litigators pack a big punch.” The article then quotes Lori G. Cohen, the Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Group: “When you need someone to dive into a new case, parachute in to a challenging jurisdiction, no matter who you’re up against, we can do that.”

Clients routinely turn to Greenberg Traurig’s Products Liability team to “parachute” into matters – both mass torts and individual cases – in which litigation has been pending for years, and the article notes how the firm was called in shortly before trial in early 2017 in four separate cases. All the cases settled shortly before trial, an acknowledgment of the game changing nature of the firm’s being retained to try a case.

“This recognition highlights our successful, versatile practice and our unique experience managing and defending all types of product liability litigation,” Cohen said. “We handle everything from routine product liability cases, to big-ticket trials, to the largest mass torts in the country. We partner closely with not only pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, but also agricultural, consumer products, retail, and heavy machinery companies, among others.”

In the last two years, Greenberg Traurig’s team of product liability attorneys have seen a Groundhog Day defense verdict on behalf of long-time client C. R. Bard, Inc. after an eight-week trial; a favorable appellate ruling in a high profile consumer fraud class action involving prescription eye drops before Judge Posner in the 7th Circuit that saw significant media coverage; trial victories for companies in the apparel and consumer goods industries; as well as nominal settlements in the face of challenging circumstances and favorable dispositive motions, including summary judgment in the first amiodarone case to go through full expert discovery, motions for summary judgment and Daubert motions.

“We are very fortunate to have a stable of clients who regularly put their trust and confidence in our hands, allowing us to deliver the top-notch results that led to us being honored in this category,” said Francis A. Citera, co-chair of the firm's Products Liability & Mass Torts Litigation Group.

The firm's products liability lawyers regularly serve as national, regional, special trial, or science counsel - in both mass torts and individual cases - to leading global companies. The team draws on the experience of their colleagues in a range of disciplines to provide strategic counsel to our clients at every stage, from developing preventative measures to limit or minimize potential products liability exposure, to investigating claims, to settlement, mediation, or defending at trial. According to Chambers USA, the group is “trusted with the most difficult and sensitive matters” by clients.

They frequently try cases to verdict - and have the in-house legal and technological capabilities to efficiently handle dockets of cases numbering in the thousands, often collaborating with other defense counsel to coordinate strategy and pool case resources in large litigations. The team designs custom and tactical litigation plans based on clients’ unique needs and best interests. The firm's depth of resources and stable of both highly experienced senior lawyers and “next generation” leaders, enables the team to work efficiently to resolve or defend all matters, from single claims to high-stakes “bet the company” cases.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Products Liability & Mass Torts Litigation Practice:

The Products Liability & Mass Torts Litigation Practice is an integral part of the Greenberg Traurig’s 600-plus member national Litigation Practice. The team is nationally recognized for its dynamic courtroom presence, responsiveness to clients and deep subject matter knowledge. Recent recognitions include national rankings for 2017 “Products Liability & Mass Torts” from Chambers USA Guide; national rankings for 2017 “Product Liability & Mass Torts Defense” from The Legal 500 United States; and a first-tier national ranking for "Litigation – Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions – Defendants" from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017 Best Law Firms. The practice was named the Products Liability/Mass Torts Litigation Department of the Year by The Daily Report in 2013 and from 2015 - 2017. In addition, Greenberg Traurig is recognized as a "Product Liability Litigation Standout" in the BTI Litigation Outlook 2017 published by BTI Consulting Group.

About Greenberg Traurig:

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and is among the Top 20 on the 2017 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.