Product Liability

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Practice Leaders

  • 2015 Litigation Department of the Year
  • Best Lawyers Best Law Firms - Product Liability Litigation
  • U.S. Product Liability Defense Team of 2014
  • The Legal 500 United States 2015 - Top Tier
  • The Legal 500 United States 2014 - Top Tier
  • 2014 PA Litigation Department of the Year – Finalist
  • Litigation Department of the Year - Finalist

Reed Smith’s lawyers approach product liability lawsuits—whether a mass tort or a complex engineered product case—with a strategic plan, and consistently deliver both value and excellent results. Reed Smith is one of the go-to firms in the United States for product liability litigation.

Areas of Focus

  • Automotive/crash- worthiness & catastrophic injury
  • Aviation
  • Boats and marine
  • Consumer products
  • Drug and medical device
  • Engineered products and components
  • Heavy and recreational equipment

Our practice has received the highest accolades in recent years for work on the most high-profile and high-stakes cases, and is consistently ranked in the top-tier by industry publications and legal directories. In 2015, The Recorder named Reed Smith’s California Product Liability practice the "Litigation Department of the Year," an award recognizing the practice that "delivered standout results on their clients' most critical matters." In 2014, Legal 500 named Reed Smith as its inaugural U.S. "Team of the Year" for Product Liability Defense Litigation; The Legal Intelligencer named Reed Smith as a finalist in its 2014 "Litigation Department of the Year" competition for Product Liability; and Reed Smith was named a finalist in The Recorder’s 2013 "Litigation Department of the Year" competition for product liability. In addition, Reed Smith's Product Liability Group earned The American Lawyer’s prestigious "Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year" award in 2010, and in the same year was recognized by Law360 as one of the top five "Product Liability Defense Firms of the Year."

Our product liability lawyers also excel in the business of relationships, and have deep understanding of the industries in which they focus, from aviation to pharmaceutical and medical devices, to mechanical and mass and toxic tort.

Our industry knowledge and our legal experience are what allow us to deliver results and value. We take cases to trial, and have built an impressive record of trial victories by any standard.

And because we know our clients are not in the business of product liability litigation, we are at the forefront of helping them manage their litigation expenses through alternative billing arrangements for product liability work, including through fixed-fee arrangements.

We understand the importance of a strategic vision for resolving complex product liability matters from the outset, and our Complex Litigation Group Strategy Team lawyers often engage a multi-front approach with our product liability attorneys to achieve comprehensive litigation resolution. Our attorneys also provide advice on regulatory compliance issues, and can help clients recoup litigation expenses through our insurance coverage practice.

Additionally, Reed Smith’s product liability lawyers have considerable experience conducting strategic risk assessments and advising clients on preventive measures that can reduce the risk of liability without interfering with the client’s business objectives.