Drug & Medical Device Product Liability

  • Life Sciences Legal Update
  • Drug & Device Law Blog
  • Litigation Department of the Year – Finalist – Product Liability
  • 2015 Litigation Department of the Year
  • The Legal 500 United States 2015 - Top Tier
  • The Legal 500 United States 2014 - Top Tier
  • 2014 PA Litigation Department of the Year – Finalist

Members of Reed Smith's Drug & Medical Device Product Liability Group have more than 40 years of experience representing global life sciences clients in product liability litigation, including individual cases, consolidated cases, and multidistrict litigations (MDLs); and a broad range of medical products, including contraceptives and hormone therapies, surgical mesh, diabetes medications, defibrillators, antidepressants, orthopedic implants, diet drugs, vaccines, over-the-counter medicines, heart valves, bone screws, latex gloves, biologics, and many others.

In addition, our team has particularly extensive experience handling a wide range of individual, class and mass tort product liability litigation for a broad spectrum of women’s health products. This unique body of experience and scientific knowledge led to the creation of our Women’s Health Product Liability Team. Comprised of highly experienced lawyers from across the country with sophisticated litigation experience in a wide range of matters involving women’s health, members of our Women’s Health Product Liability Team have the ability to quickly assume the role as defense counsel in new litigation involving women’s health products as the learning curve in many cases is significantly reduced. In addition to our unique experience in this specific product category, this team is exceptionally diverse, featuring numerous experienced women trial attorneys and mass tort litigators.

Our Drug & Medical Device Product Liability practitioners have deep industry knowledge and are rarely faced with a question with which they have not dealt previously. Not surprisingly, they also are widely recognized by many legal publications for their successes in major product liability litigation. In 2015, The Recorder named Reed Smith its “Litigation Department of the Year” for product liability. In July 2014, Legal 500 named Reed Smith as its inaugural U.S. "Team of the Year" for Product Liability Defense Litigation, and routinely ranks Reed Smith's pharmaceutical and medical device product liability practice in its top tier, recently stating that members of the team are “widely regarded as leaders in the industry.” Chambers USA also consistently ranks our practice among the best, recently noting Reed Smith’s “extensive trial bench located throughout the country is active on product liability and mass tort cases spanning a number of industry sectors.” Reed Smith’s Product Liability practice has also been recognized by The American Lawyer several times, including being named “Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year” in 2010 and a finalist in 2016, 2008 and 2006.

Reed Smith has a track record of success at both the trial and appellate level involving pharmaceutical and medical device product liability. Our litigators not only manage major complex litigation matters, but they also do so with an eye on the company’s strategic resolution goals, and successfully try cases before judges and juries as well, as evidenced by our more than 35 defense verdicts at trial in recent years.