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Comprehensive Consumer Products Representation

Our Product Liability Practice extends beyond defending product liability claims in the courtroom. We also advise clients, particularly clients who manufacture consumer products, as to how to avoid litigation where possible, navigate reporting and investigation required by consumer products agencies, and develop proactive product safety strategies. In addition, we assist consumer products companies with product warning and recall issues, product safety counseling, and product liability due diligence for major transactions.

Whether a company is facing an agency that is seeking to enforce consumer protection laws, managing litigation related to state consumer protection laws, or defending other claims and accusations tied to fraudulent or unfair business practices, we have attorneys on our Products Liability and Mass Tort Litigation team that have the background to provide clients with the advice and representation that they need to surmount their legal challenges.

Knowledgeable and Well-Qualified Product Liability Attorneys

The members of Phillips Lytle’s Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation Team include attorneys with undergraduate and advanced degrees or education in specific disciplines relevant to the particular challenges faced by our clients, including degrees or coursework:

  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Nursing

Our interdisciplinary expertise and approach, along with our broad industry knowledge, allows us to quickly and efficiently analyze complex scientific and technological issues. Our experience handling consumer product issues and claims includes significant experience in cases involving:

  • Environmental and chemical exposures
  • Personal injury
  • Birth defects
  • Food contamination
  • Medical monitoring
  • Property damage

Medical Devices

The successful representation and defense of medical device manufacturers and suppliers requires attorneys who have a command of not only technical and scientific concepts, but also the governing regulations. Our attorneys have counseled medical device manufacturers on 510k approval pathways, risk mitigation strategies, FDA observation and warning letters and, when needed, successfully represented them in product liability and consumer product litigation.

We have counseled and defended clients against claims relating to surgical instruments; interventional radiology equipment; cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary products; prosthetic implants; diagnostic probes; and dental adhesives.


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Product Liability Litigation Experience

Our Products Liability and Mass Tort Litigation Team has defended all types of claims involving a wide-range of consumer and industrial products, including:
  • Automobiles/motor vehicles
  • Boats
  • Motorcycles
  • All-terrain vehicles
  • Tires
  • Recreational equipment
  • Agricultural products
  • Agricultural equipment and feed storage systems
  • Food products
  • Building products
  • Lumber mills
  • Medical devices and pharmaceuticals
  • Personal care and contraceptive products
  • Industrial equipment
  • Municipal and industrial storage structures
  • Automatic control systems
  • Consumer products and electronics
  • Wireless communication equipment
  • Elevators and escalators
  • Chemicals and chemical products
  • Firearms
  • Exercise equipment

Meet Our Consumer Products in Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation Team

Christopher D. Barraza Partner
William D. Christ Partner, Governing Committee
Marc H. Goldberg Special Counsel
Eric M. Kraus Partner
Ryan A. Lema Partner
Craig A. Leslie Partner, Governing Committee
Kenneth A. Manning Partner
Michael B. Powers Of Counsel
Lisa L. Smith Partner
Jacob S. Sonner Partner
Preston L. Zarlock Partner, Governing Committee
Meet the Team

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