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Robert J. Kirshenberg focuses his practice on defending product liability actions in federal and state courts around the country.  He has represented numerous Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 Companies in the field and has led and coordinated trial teams from the inception of an action to verdict and appeal.  He has served as national coordinating trial counsel for hundreds of product liability actions litigated simultaneously across multiple jurisdictions. He also regularly litigates a wide range of commercial litigation matters, in both court and arbitral fora. Robert's clients include public and private companies and individuals, restaurant developers along with individual entrepreneurs confronting business disputes in the United States and abroad.


  • Product liability & Mass Torts
  • Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation 
  • Complex civil litigation
  • Securities litigation
  • Privacy litigation
  • International Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Trial Practice



  • Trial through verdict of numerous product liability actions in courts across the country
  • Served as national coordinating counsel for Fortune 500 Company defending hundreds of product liability actions pending in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Served as national counsel in developing, preparing and presenting at trial medical experts involving a variety of clinical specialties.
  • Representation of a medical device manufacturer in New York State in a case of first impression, arguing for application of the Affordable Care Act as a collateral source set off.
  • Representation of a national political figure in a breach of privacy action.
  • Representation and counseling of a national retail chain in commercial actions pending across the country.
  • Representation and counseling of restaurant developers and owners.
  • Representation of multiple investment firms, brokers and brokerage houses in defense of SEC, NYSE and SRO investigations and customer brought arbitrations.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, a Law360 “Product Liability Practice Group of the Year,” 2011, 2021-2022
  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year,” 2018
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • The Rogosin Institute
  • The Savin Foundation


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1989
  • M.A., International Economics and Latin American Studies, Johns Hopkins University
    • School of Advanced International Studies
  • B.A., International Economics and Latin American Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Spanish