Anita Hotchkiss: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Anita Hotchkiss

Partner
Princeton,  NJ  U.S.A.
Phone609.986.1350

Peer Rating
 5.0/5.0
AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Life Sciences
  • Product Liability
  • Class Action Litigation
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 609.986.1350
Fax: 609.986.1301
http://www.goldbergsegalla.com/attorneys/anita-hotchkiss
 
University Bates College, Magna Cum Laude, high honors, 1959 Phi Beta Kappa; Rutgers Graduate School of Library Service, Master of Library Service, Reference, 1970 Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society
 
Law SchoolRutgers University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1975
 
Admitted1975, New Jersey; 1982, New York; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
 
Memberships 

Professional Affiliations
•New Jersey Supreme Court Appointments: Vice Chair, District X Ethics Committee, 2007-2011; Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges, 1994-1998; District X Committee on Fee Arbitration, 1985-1989; Chair, 1988-1989
•Defense Research Institute
•Product Liability Advisory Council, Appointed Member of Amicus Case Selection Committee
•NJ Lawsuit Reform Alliance Legal Advisory Board
•American Board of Trial Advocates
•Litigation Counsel of America: fellow
•Trial Attorneys of New Jersey: Board of Trustees, 1981-2000; President, 1998-1999
•Worrall F. Mountain Inn of Court; Master and Counselor, 1989-1996; 2001-2004; 2007-2011
•American Bar Association - Litigation Section: Committee on Corporate Counsel; Subcommittee on Litigation Management Techniques
•American Bar Foundation; Elected fellow, 1994-present
•International Association Defense Counsel, 1996-present; Defense Counsel Trial Academy Faculty, 1996
•New Jersey Bar Association: Certified Trial Attorneys Section Chair, 1989-1990; Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law Committee, Chair, 1989; New Jersey Task Force on Women and the Law, 1989
•Morris County Bar Association: Board of Trustees, 1984-1986; Judicial Appointments Committee, 1986-1998, (Chair, 1991-1998); Judicial Selection Committee, 2003-2005

Professional Associations
•Commentator on Court TV and other radio and television programs.

 
Born1937
 
Biography

Anita Hotchkiss is a trial attorney with nearly 40 years of experience defending companies and individuals in the state and federal trial and appellate courts. Her practice emphasizes complex pharmaceutical, medical device, and other products liability cases, mass torts, class actions, and medical and legal professional liability matters. Among the products she has defended are anesthetic agents, DES, DTP, flu and poliovirus vaccines, PPA, fen-phen, breast implants, denture adhesives, metoclopramide, sutures, artificial hips and knees, and phosphosoda. Anita has tried over 35 cases and is one of the few attorneys in the country who has tried a medical monitoring class action. She is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.

Anita secured one of the first junk science dismissals in the country on the basis of Daubert v. Merrell Dow. She has been involved in other cutting-edge cases involving recognition of the learned intermediary doctrine, the privilege of self-critical evaluation, and dismissals based on bankruptcy, as well as rejection of the theory of enterprise liability and the over-extension of consumer fraud acts to skirt established tenets of liability. She has written several amicus briefs on behalf of the Product Liability Advisory Council in these and other cases of interest and importance to corporate defendants. In addition, Anita has served as an expert witness in evaluating thousands of mass tort cases for a multimillion-dollar company in a commercial dispute involving allocation of a $100 million escrow.

Anita has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named repeatedly in New Jersey Monthly Magazine's list of Super Lawyers, with special citation as one of the top 50 women attorneys in New Jersey. She lectures frequently to attorney and corporate members of national and local legal organizations on defense issues and tactics and was an invited member of the faculty at the prestigious Trial Academy run by the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Honors
•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
•Avvo Rating: 10 (Superb)
• Recipient of New Jersey State Bar Association William A. Dreier Award for Excellence in Product Liability Law, February 2013
•Selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell for inclusion in 2013 Women Leaders in the Law
New Jersey Super Lawyers (Personal Injury Defense: Products), 2005-2013
The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers
•Selected by the Civil Trial Bar Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association as recipient of the 2002 McLaughlin Award
•Selected by Morris County Bar Association and NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law as a recipient of a 2001 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award
•Named by the Medical Herald in October 1995 as one of the nation's 20 most influential women in the healthcare industry
•Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney

Publications/Presentations
•Contributor, New Jersey Product Liability and Consumer Fraud Class Action Blog: www.njproductliabilityblog.com
•Presenter, “The Economic Loss Doctrine in New Jersey - Now You See It, Now You Don't,” NJICLE Construction Law 2014 Seminar, June 2014
•Presenter, “To Mock or Not To Mock - A Trial Lawyer's Perspective on the Ins and Outs of Jury Science,” Medmarc 27th Medical Device Seminar, June 2014
•Author, “How to Win a Dismissal When the Plaintiff Declares Bankruptcy,” update to chapter in Product Liability Litigation, Current Law, Strategies, and Best Practices , Practising Law Institute (PLI), December 2013
•Presenter, “Medicare Secondary Payer Issues,” Presentation to Worral F. Mountain Inn of Court, Morristown, New Jersey, November 22, 2010
•Presenter, “The PLAC Amicus Brief Committee and How it Works,” Product Liability Advisory Council Fall Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 8, 2010
•Presenter, “Science Days for the Court - Pros and Cons for Defendants,” Medmarc Annual Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, June 7, 2010
•Presenter, “Medicare Secondary Payer Issues,” Product Liability Advisory Council Fall Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, April 29, 2010
•Presenter, “Defense Summation in an Automobile Death Case,” demonstration at Masters in Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates, Montclair, New Jersey, December 5, 2009
•Panelist, “Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Challenges in Responding to Justice Department Litigation Based on 'Whistleblower' Allegations,” American Law Journal TV, October 12, 2009
•Author, “When the Plaintiff Declares Bankruptcy,” chapter in Product Liability Litigation, Current Law, Strategies, and Best Practices, Practising Law Institute (PLI), October 2009
•Presenter, “The Alphabet Soup of FDA Approval for Prescription Drugs,” Life Sciences Seminar, Warren, New Jersey, September 15, 2009
•Presenter, “Guilt by Association,” or “It's Not Even our Product - What Do You Mean We're Liable?,” presentation on innovator liability, Life Sciences Seminar, Warren, New Jersey, September 15, 2009
•Presenter, “Preemption After Riegel and Wyeth v. Levine,” Life Sciences Seminar, Warren, New Jersey, September 15, 2009
•Presenter, “E-Discovery - Turning the Tables on Plaintiffs,” Morris County Inns of Court, September, 15, 2008
•Presenter, “Maintaining and Enforcing Protective Orders - Not Over Until the Twelfth Of Never,” Morris County Inns of Court, November 26, 2007
•Presenter, “Boon for Defendants: The Road from Plaintiff's Bankruptcy to Summary Judgment,” Product Liability Advisory Council Fall Conference, October 2006
•Author, “Pharmaceutical Defendants - Heed This Warning,” For the Defense, April 2006
•Author, “Boon for Defendants: The Road from Plaintiff's Bankruptcy to Summary Judgment,” The Update, Spring 2006
•Author, “Boon for Defendants: The Road from Plaintiff's Bankruptcy to Summary Judgment,” For The Defense, January 2006
•Author, “Like Water and Oil: Consumer Fraud Act Claims Should Not be Viable in Prescription Drug Product Liability Actions,” New Jersey Law Journal, December 5, 2005
•Author, “Three for Three - N.J. Supreme Court Issues a Triad of Opinions That Should Please Defendants,” Litigation Update, November 2005
• Presenter, “Litigating the Off-Label Case,” National Forum on Off-Label Promotion of Pharmaceuticals, American Conference Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 23, 2005
•Author, “Protecting and Enforcing Protective Orders: Easier Said Than Done,” Defense Counsel Journal, April 2004
•Presenter, “Keeping Corporate Secrets Secret: Protecting and Enforcing Protective Orders,” IADC Midyear Meeting, Pebble Beach, CA, February 17, 2003
•“Presentation of Evidence in the Electronic Courtroom,” ABA Litigation Section Meetings, Amelia Island, Florida, June 2001
•Presenter, “Crisis Management and Crisis Communication,” Product Liability Advisory Council 2001 Spring Conference, Nashville, TN, April 4-6, 2001
•Author, “Protective Orders Redux: It's Not Over Until the Twelfth of Never,” Washington Legal Foundation Backgrounder, January 12, 2001
•Author, “Federal District Courts In New Jersey and Pennsylvania Reject Challenges to Protective Orders,” Litigation Update, November 2000
•Presenter, “The Presentation of Evidence in the Electronic Courtroom,” ICLE Product Liability: Update 2000, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ, December 2, 1999

Civic Activities
•Board of Trustees, The Community Theatre at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, Morristown; Secretary and Legal Counsel
•Morristown/Morris Township Public Library Fund Raising Committee, 2005

Publications
• How to Win a Dismissal When the Plaintiff Declares Bankruptcy, Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies, and Best Practices
December 2013

News
Six Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2013 New Jersey Super Lawyers
May 1, 2013
Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Neil Goldberg and Anita Hotchkiss Listed in International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers
July 31, 2012

Blog
Life Science Matters

Other
Commentator on Court TV and other radio and television programs.

Achievements
Goldberg Segalla Named a New Jersey Powerhouse by Law360
June 26, 2014
Anita Hotchkiss Receives Dreier Award From New Jersey State Bar Association
February 19, 2013
Three Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2012 New Jersey Super Lawyers for Product Liability Defense
April 2, 2012
Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Named in 2011 New Jersey Super Lawyers
July 20, 2011

 
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Anita Hotchkiss

902 Carnegie Center, Suite 100
PrincetonNJ 08540-6530




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