Arthur S. Garrett III: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Arthur S. Garrett III

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Counseling and Transactional
  • Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Health and Safety Compliance Audit
  • Trade and Professional Associations
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Litigation
  • Nanotechnology Strategy, Regulation and Defense
University Lafayette College, B.A., Chemical Engineering, 1987
Law SchoolUniversity of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1990
Admitted1990, Virginia; 1991, District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court


•The Barristers


American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee


Arthur Garrett joined Keller and Heckman in 1990. Mr. Garrett is co-chair of Keller and Heckman's national litigation practice, along with Robert S. Niemann. He also serves as the Firm's General Counsel.

Mr. Garrett's litigation practice focuses on product liability, with an emphasis on defending manufacturers of food, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. His trial experience has taken him all over the United States to try cases in state and federal courts and mediate/arbitrate disputes on behalf of corporations and trade associations. Mr. Garrett was recently trial counsel in a breach of contract/indemnity action that was selected as a Top 10 Defense verdict in the State of California.

Mr. Garrett currently serves as Vice Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA's Tort and Insurance Practice Section. He specializes in insurance coverage and insurance recovery by advising food, chemical and pharmaceutical clients concerning their liability insurance programs (including CGL, D&O, E&O, Excess/Umbrella and specialized recall policies). In such matters, Mr. Garrett provides advice on the appropriate insurance coverage and the rights of corporate and trade association policyholders in the event of a loss and in disputes with their insurance carriers. He also provides advice on appropriate risk transfer mechanisms (including insurance and indemnity) in commercial transactions.

Other litigation matters that Mr. Garrett has handled include the representation of:

•Drug distributor in nationwide product liability litigation
•Major food manufacturer in Superfund litigation in various federal and state courts in the United States;
•Numerous Fortune 500 exporters to obtain high seven-figure refund of Harbor Maintenance Taxes;
•Trade association in nation-wide VCM toxic tort suits;
•Major food manufacturer in transportation (Carmack Amendment) case in Baltimore, Maryland;
•Drug manufacturer in patent infringement litigation in Puerto Rico;
•Scientific products manufacturer in trade secrets case in Charlotte, North Carolina;
•Trade association in constitutional takings case in Washington, DC;
•Trade association in transportation undercharge cases in Jacksonville, Florida;
•Trade association in Cable Act litigation in Washington, DC;
•Pet food manufacturer in false advertising case in San Francisco, California;
•Numerous companies and trade associations involved in disputes at the FCC, OSHA, the STB (former ICC), and the GAO.

Apr 26, 2013 Arthur Garrett to Present a Webinar for Compliance Online
Dec 08, 2011 The California Appellate Court Affirms Tokyo Electron Limited Victory
Jan 28, 2011 Daily Journal Names Tokyo Electron Ltd. Victory Top Defense Verdict of 2010
Mar 02, 2010 Keller and Heckman Secures Complete Victory for Tokyo Electron Limited after Eight-Year Legal Battle
Mar 02, 2010 Keller and Heckman LLP Secures Complete Victory for Tokyo Electron Limited after Eight-Year Legal Battle

Apr 01, 2014 Practical Food Law Seminar - San Francisco, CA - April 1-3, 2014
Apr 14, 2008 Understanding Insurance Law 2008
Sep 18, 2007 Advanced Chemical Control Law Seminar: Hot Topics Here and Abroad
Aug 11, 2007 Examining the Tripartite Relationship Connecting The Policyholder, Carrier, and Defense Counsel
Mar 08, 2007 Non-Profits and Electronic Communications
Feb 15, 2007 15th Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Program:Shifting Sands of Insurance Coverage - Seeking Relief from the Changing Winds of Judicial Review

Nov 12, 2014 FOOD COURT REPORT: Food Manufacturer Defeats Class Certification in Labeling Claim Because Putative Class Lacked Ascertainability
Oct 22, 2014 Food Safety Audit Firms May be Held Liable for Consumer Injuries Resulting from Negligent Inspections
Jul 19, 2013 Failure to Strictly Comply with FDA Regulations May Get You Sued
Jul 08, 2013 N.J. District Court Refuses to Dismiss False Advertising Suit
May 20, 2013 Government Agencies Cannot Amend Their Rules Through Litigation Settlements
Apr 12, 2013 Alert: Ries v. Arizona Beverages
Oct 15, 2012 California Federal District Court Opinion Clarifies Scope of Coverage of Product Contamination Insurance Policies


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FOOD COURT REPORT: Food Manufacturer Defeats Class Certification in Labeling Claim Because Putative Class Lacked Ascertainability
Douglas J. Behr,Arthur S. Garrett,Eric P. Gotting,Richard J. Leighton,Robert S. Niemann, November 28, 2014
Gabriel Carerra brought a class action against Bayer Corporation and Bayer Healthcare. Mr. Carrera argued that a dietary supplement, WeightSmart, falsely claimed that an ingredient enhanced metabolism. Mr. Carerra sought to have his suit certified as a class on behalf of all persons who suffered...

Food Safety Audit Firms May be Held Liable for Consumer Injuries Resulting from Negligent Inspections
Douglas J. Behr,Arthur S. Garrett,Robert S. Niemann, November 3, 2014
A food safety audit firm can be held to answer in court for claims that its negligence in performing an audit led to the sale of contaminated food and the subsequent injury, or death, of a consumer of that food. If ultimately found liable, the food safety audit firm would be required to pay damages...

Compliance with FDA Regulations May Not Protect a Company From the Risk of Liability to Competitors via Unfair Competition Challenges
Douglas J. Behr,Alyssia J. Bryant,Melvin S. Drozen,Arthur S. Garrett, June 20, 2014
On June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously held that one competitor may sue another under the federal Lanham Act for false, misleading, or deceptive advertising and labeling of its food and beverage products even though the labeling may conform with FDA regulations. The Supreme Court took the...
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Arthur S. Garrett III

Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001


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