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

Arthur S. Garrett III

Partner and General Counsel
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Counseling and Transactional
  • Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Food Litigation
  • Food Recall Insurance Coverage
  • Health and Safety Compliance Audit
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Litigation
  • Nanotechnology Strategy
  • Regulation and Defense
  • Trade and Professional Associations
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

fellow, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC)


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 insurance recovery with an emphasis on the representation of food industry policyholders. 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 warranty/patent infringement 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. In addition to litigation, he specializes in advising food companies on their liability insurance programs (including GL, D&O, E&O, Excess/Umbrella and specialized recall policies) and first-party property policies (including open cargo marine insurance). 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.

Litigation matters (other than food recall situations) that Mr. Garrett has handled include the representation of:
•Drug distributor in nationwide product liability litigation;
•Major food manufacturer in Superfund litigation in federal and state courts;
•Numerous Fortune 500 exporters to obtain seven-figure refunds of Harbor Maintenance Taxes;
•Trade association in nation-wide vinyl chloride monomer toxic tort suits;
•Major food manufacturer in transportation litigation 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; and
•Numerous companies and trade associations involved in disputes at the FCC, OSHA, the STB (former ICC), and the GAO.


•Nov 18, 2015 Food Court Report: Food Recall Insurance - A Case Study
•Jan 06, 2015 Food Court Report: Judge Fails to Find Ascertainable Class Members, Predominance, or Adequate Representation in Labeling Suit against Skinnygirl Cocktails, LLC
•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


•Jun 09, 2015 Webinar: Defending Your Supply Chain: Issues in Food Authenticity and Insurance


•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


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Food Court Report: Food Recall Insurance - A Case Study
Arthur S. Garrett, December 2, 2015
A recent decision interpreting a "food recall" insurance policy (technically a product contamination insurance policy or "PCI" for short) provides guidance for food companies selecting food recall insurance policies or in seeking coverage on a food recall claim.

Food Court Report: Consumers Can Challenge Certified Organic Products They Believe Contain Improper Ingredients
Douglas J. Behr,Melvin S. Drozen,Arthur S. Garrett,Eric P. Gotting,Leslie T. Krasny, May 25, 2015
In Segedie v. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a trial court in the Southern District of New York held that plaintiffs had properly stated a claim of consumer fraud based on alleged misuse of the term “organic.” The court rejected the defendant’s argument that the plaintiffs’...
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Arthur S. Garrett III

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


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