Chemical Exposure and Toxic Torts

Leveraging years of experience in chemical exposure and toxic torts cases to provide vigorous defense of our clients’ interests.

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A History of Success in Chemical Exposure and Toxic Torts Representation

Phillips Lytle has been a national leader in the defense of chemical exposure and toxic tort cases since well before our role as lead counsel in the defense of the hundreds of personal injury actions with respect to Love Canal. From class actions to MDL proceedings to single-plaintiff cases, we marshal our knowledge of the complex legal and scientific issues at the heart of chemical exposure and other toxic tort cases to make early dispositive motions, obtain summary judgment and voluntary dismissals, achieve favorable settlements and win trials and appeals.

Our long history of successfully defending chemical exposure and toxic tort cases is reflected in our longstanding client relationships. We have represented several major Fortune 500 chemical companies, including DuPont and Occidental Chemical Corporation, for decades.

Chemical Exposure and Toxic Tort Claim Experience

We have successfully defended thousands of cases in state and federal courts nationwide. We have deep industry experience and help our clients strategically navigate complex, high-stakes and sensitive actions involving claims of personal injury, health effects and medical monitoring. Our clients have faced cases involving alleged health effects ranging from birth defects to cancer to wrongful death, as well as property damage, water contamination and governmental cost recovery claims.

Our decades as national science counsel in multiple MDLs, class actions and aggregated cases illuminates our strength in effectively defending cases on a scientific basis, marshalling the scientific expertise of our attorneys (including those with advanced science degrees) with that of respected experts to successfully challenge plaintiffs’ theories. Whether challenging exposure, causation or damages, we have a proven track record of successfully achieving our clients’ objectives of early exits from litigation. Our experience advising clients in these high stakes cases is deep and varied, and includes claims regarding:

  • Asbestos and talc
  • Automobiles
  • Coal tar
  • Coke oven emissions
  • Chemicals (such as benzene, ortho-toluidine, vinyl chloride, lead, and emerging contaminants including 1,4 dioxane)
  • Foods
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Tobacco and vaping products
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Meet Our Chemical Exposure and Toxic Torts Team


Hannah E. Amundsen Associate
Christopher D. Barraza Partner
Thomas K. Caraher Associate
William D. Christ Partner, Governing Committee
Erin E. Connare Partner
Andrew P. Devine Partner
James J. Doody Senior Associate
Frank G. Dylewski Special Counsel
Marc H. Goldberg Special Counsel
Kevin M. Hogan Partner
Eric M. Kraus Partner
Craig A. Leslie Partner
Kenneth A. Manning Partner
Jaran R. Moten Partner
John T. Murray Senior Associate
Chloe J. Nowak Associate
Michael B. Powers Of Counsel
Robert Reagan Senior Associate
Bridget Ruschak Associate
Lisa L. Smith Partner
John R. Worth Partner
William D. Christ Partner, Governing Committee
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James J. Doody Senior Associate
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Frank G. Dylewski Special Counsel
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Marc H. Goldberg Special Counsel
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John T. Murray Senior Associate
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Robert Reagan Senior Associate
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