From chemical and agricultural companies to consumer products manufacturers, Jim has successfully represented a diverse range of businesses and products—military, consumer, commercial and agricultural—involving environmental contaminants, chemical exposures, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and other compounds considered persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic, including dioxins and furans, PCBs, TCE, malathion, dioxane, pyrethroids, asbestos and nicotine.
As a product liability, toxic tort specialist, Jim has led his clients’ defense in connection with both individual and mass tort, class action matters in a variety of venues, jurisdictions and procedural contexts – foreign and domestic – with an emphasis on multidistrict litigation (MDL). He has defended chemical product manufacturers against claims involving cancers, endocrine-related disorders, neurological complaints, neurodevelopmental deficiencies and other alleged multi-generational effects, pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, fear of future diseases and medical monitoring.
Jim has led the development of his clients’ medical and scientific defenses and trial strategies and has extensive experience working closely with scientists, clinicians, regulatory experts and government affairs advisors to optimize principles of toxicology, epidemiology, risk assessment, biostatistics and regulatory policy for deployment inside and outside the courtroom.
He has deep experience addressing the range of procedural/jurisdictional features frequently presented by such complex litigation, particularly those venued internationally—from pre-suit through resolution—enabling him to leverage those features to his clients’ advantage.