James V. Aiosa

Special Counsel New York City

An experienced and insightful product liability, toxic tort litigator with over 25 years of practical, hands-on experience, Jim has successfully represented a range of businesses, including Fortune 100 companies, in large, complex, domestic and international litigation – state and federal class actions, multidistrict litigation, appeals and foreign tribunals, including matters involving military, commercial, agricultural and consumer products.

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.


Education & Admissions

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1991
  • City University of New York, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1989
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Judicial Clerkships
  • Principal Law Clerk, Hon. Charles E. Moylan, Jr., Maryland Court of Special Appeals

Activities & Professional Associations

Present Activities

  • Africa’s Children’s Fund
  • American Red Cross
  • Wounded Warriors Project

Past Activities

  • Legislative Aide, Former New York Assemblyman and Current New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli
  • Nassau County Asian American Economic Advisory Commission, Member
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, Member

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Science & Technology Law Section
    • Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Environmental & Energy Law Section
    • Torts Insurance Compensation Law Section

Articles & Publications


  • Dioxin Developments, January, February, March and April 2017