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Russell “Chip” Gaudreau has a broad range of experience defending companies in complex product liability and mass tort litigations. His engagements have focused primarily on the pharmaceutical, medical device & health care industries; however, he has also worked on national litigations involving automobiles, safety equipment, financial services/sales practices and toxic torts.

Chip’s main focus is achieving the right outcome for clients in litigation. To that end, he provides all-inclusive strategic litigation management and resolution strategies that are narrowly tailored to the client’s financial needs and ultimate goals. He works with a large team of litigators, both inside and outside of GT, and helps to manage and coordinate their efforts on a nationwide basis.

He routinely designs and implements creative alternative fee arrangements, and manages those arrangements during the life of an engagement to avoid surprises and provide predictability in “outside counsel” legal spend. In fact, Chip often works hand-in-hand with his client’s and their legal finance departments, to provide complete transparency in the level of work being performed and to ensure that any expected financial targets will be met.


  • Mass torts and multidistrict litigation
  • Class actions
  • Commercial litigation



  • Serves as national resolution counsel to an international medical device manufacturer in two separate multidistrict litigations.
  • Serves as coordinating and resolution counsel to a safety equipment manufacturer in defense of asbestos, CWP and silica claims pending in various state and federal courts across the country.
  • Served as resolution counsel to a Fortune 50 company in defense of foreign and domestic claims related to hip and knee implants.°
  • Participated in the negotiation and ultimate settlement of the nation’s largest sales practice class action involving a Fortune 100 financial services company.°
  • Served as national coordinating counsel to one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies in its toxic tort litigation.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Gaudreau prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, a Law360 “Product Liability Practice Group of the Year,” 2021
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Dispute Resolution - Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action - Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices - Defense, 2018
  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year,” 2018
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association


  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1999
  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1998
  • B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 1995
  • Hon. Richard K. Eaton, U.S. Court of International Trade
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts