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January 7, 2016 – Reed Smith LLP is pleased to announce that the firm’s Product Liability Group was selected as a finalist in the Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year contest by The American Lawyer. The firm was previously the winner in the product liability category (2010) and has twice been a finalist (2006, 2008).

“It’s an honor to be in such great company,” said Bob Roth, Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Product Liability Group. “We are very pleased to have our group recognized by The American Lawyer, especially because we believe that our commitment to securing the best results drives us to develop the best, most efficient legal strategies.”

Melissa Geist, Vice-Chair of the firm’s Life Sciences Health Industry Group added, “We have an outstanding and creative team here at Reed Smith. We like nothing more than a challenge and we’re grateful to our clients for trusting us with their most complex issues.”

No firm has successfully resolved a larger number of complex, high-stakes and high-profile product liability claims over the past two years than Reed Smith. Our attorneys have delivered a wide range of diverse – and often creative – legal solutions: from trial victories, to successful federal preemption motions to dismiss and other summary judgment motions, to outright dismissals of class action complaints and novel settlement agreements of mass litigations, to clients whose products were under fire. A long-time champion of the drug and medical device industry, we continued to chalk up outstanding results in key individual, class and mass actions for life science firms. At the same time, we expanded our thriving aviation product liability practice and a growing motor vehicle product liability litigation practice; launched a practice focused on recreational sports products; and extended a legacy toxic tort practice that has successfully handled complex litigation for chemical, industrial and electronics manufacturers for decades. In 2014, the firm established a Women’s Health Product Liability Team, comprising lawyers with sophisticated litigation experience in a range of matters affecting women’s health, to bring additional focus and force to our practice in this field.

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