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Greenberg Traurig’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Practice represents clients in complex litigation in courts across the country. We are trial lawyers who regularly try these cases to verdict – and have the in-house legal and technological capabilities to efficiently handle dockets of cases numbering in the thousands. We also know that going to trial often is not in a company’s best interests. Therefore, we advise each client on the most appropriate approach to its particular situation – from strategic settlement to mediation to trying the case – ensuring that our litigation strategy supports the company’s business objectives.

The Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Group is comprised of more than 90 attorneys, in addition to a team of paralegals, nurse paralegals, and trial consultants across the country. The group is an integral part of Greenberg Traurig’s National Litigation Practice, encompassing 600+ attorneys in offices across the United States. The firm was recently selected as an "Awesome Opponent” in the BTI Litigation Outlook 2016 published by BTI Consulting Group in 2015. Additional recent recognitions include national rankings for 2015 “Products Liability & Mass Torts” from Chambers USA Guide; national rankings for 2015 “Practice Liability & Mass Torts Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices” from The Legal 500 United States; and a first-tier national ranking for "Litigation – Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions – Defendants" from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2015 Best Law Firms. Members of the team have been recognized individually by a wide range of national publications, including Chambers USA Guide, The Legal 500 United States, Law360, The American Lawyer, and The National Law Journal.

We have the combination of hard trial experience, and the depth of talent and resources, to resolve or defend through trial “bet the company” cases. With GT’s national platform and collaborative culture, we are able to defend our clients in jurisdictions across the country, providing greater efficiency and reducing the need for local counsel. We regularly serve national and international companies as national, regional, special trial or science counsel. We draw on the experience of our colleagues in GT’s Health & FDA Business Group to provide regulatory counsel to our pharmaceutical and medical device clients, as well as to develop strategies for any FDA/regulatory issues in our cases.
Broad Capabilities & Industry Knowledge

  • National team of trial attorneys who regularly try pharmaceutical and medical device liability cases to verdict in state and federal courts
  • Experience serving as national coordinating counsel for litigation involving hundreds to thousands of cases
  • Experience serving as national, regional, special trial or science counsel to numerous national and international companies
  • Wide-ranging knowledge of, and experience with, the medical and scientific aspects of clinical trials and products liability litigation
  • Established team of experienced professionals, spanning many specialties, as well as in-house medical and nursing consultants
  • In-house trial technology team with particular experience in medical cases and trials

 National Coordination of Complex Litigation

  • Provide nationwide coverage, from class certification and notice issues to appeals and settlements
  • Develop collaborative relationships with in-house legal teams in multiple jurisdictions
  • Ensure consistent strategy and themes through all stages of litigation, from initial assessment through trial
  • Eliminate clients’ need for local counsel in many jurisdictions through GT’s nationwide team of litigators
  • Provide cost efficiencies and avoid duplicative efforts through the use of model pleadings and motions, standardized discovery and document production for multiple low exposure cases
  • Streamline document sharing and team communications through secure, Web-based eRooms and other case management technologies
  • Draw on GT databanks of expert witnesses in relevant fields, legal research and medical and scientific literature
  • Use our broad scientific knowledge and work with preeminent experts to identify and pursue technical weaknesses in a case for eventual Daubert/summary judgment motions
  • Work closely with GT’s Products Liability & Mass Torts, Class Action and Appellate Practices, as appropriate, in defending our clients’ interests

Legal Counsel to Help Clients Limit Their Products Liability Exposure

  • Provide preventive counseling – encompassing product development, document retention, internal and crisis communications, and product recalls – to help clients minimize the risk of litigation
  • Provide advice on the appropriate responses to events that could generate products liability claims
  • Develop strategies with clients to be in the best possible posture before litigation hits
  • Help clients investigate and evaluate claims before litigation begins
  • Conduct mock trials and focus group exercises to assist clients in evaluating their products’ liability exposure
  • Drawing on the experience of GT’s Health & FDA Business Group and Governmental Affairs Practice, advise clients on dealing with the Food and Drug Administration and other federal and state regulatory agencies

National Experience with Complex Cases Involving A Wide Range of Products & Devices

  • Ablation equipment
  • Allergy medications
  • Anesthesia machines
  • Anesthesia medications
  • Anti-acne medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-convulsant medications
  • Anti-depressant medications
  • Anti-fungal medications
  • Anti-nausea medications
  • Anti-psychotic medications
  • Artificial disc devices
  • Asthma medications
  • Balloon catheters
  • Biological drugs
  • Blood clotting agents
  • Blood products
  • Bone disease medications
  • Bone graft devices
  • Breast implants
  • Capillary electrophoresis apparatus
  • Cardiac leads
  • Cardiac rhythm management devices
  • Cardiac stent devices
  • Cardiopulmonary bypass equipment
  • Cardiovascular patches
  • Catheters
  • Chemotherapy medications
  • Colonoscopy preps
  • Contact lens / ophthalmic devices
  • Contact lens solutions
  • Contrast agents for MRI
  • Decongestants
  • Deep brain stimulation devices
  • Dental implants
  • Dermatological pharmaceutical products
  • Diabetes medications
  • Diabetes products and equipment
  • Dialysis products and equipment
  • Diet drugs
  • Dietary supplements
  • Electrocautery equipment
  • Electrocautery equipment
  • Endometrial ablation devices
  • Endoprosthesis devices
  • Endoscopic staplers and instruments
  • Endotracheal tubes
  • Ephedra
  • Eye drop medications
  • Fire resistant medical devices
  • Flow cytometers
  • Heart valves
  • Heart valves
  • Hepatitis medications
  • Hip and knee implants and prostheses
  • Hospital transfer equipment
  • Human tissue allografts
  • Imaging equipment (MRI/CT)
  • Implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs)
  • Implantable pulse generators
  • Insulin pumps
  • Intrathecal pain pumps
  • Intrauterine devices
  • Intravenous pumps
  • Laparoscopic devices (trocars, staplers, mesh, wound closure devices)
  • Medical cleaning caps
  • Mesh devices
    • Hernia mesh
    • Surgical mesh
    • Vaginal mesh
  • Natural rubber latex gloves
  • Needleless IVs
  • Neurostimulation devices
  • One-way valves for drug delivery
  • Orthopedic bone screws
  • Orthopedic implants (trauma fixation)
  • Ovulation prediction kits
  • Pain medication pumps
  • Pain medications
  • Pencil point spinal needles
  • Penile implants
  • Peripheral artery stents
  • Polymer implants
  • Positive displacement valves
  • Spinal cord stimulation devices
  • Spinal fixation devices
  • Spinal implant devices
  • Spinal laminectomy devices
  • Spinal screws
  • Stents
  • Surgical drills
  • Surgical navigation devices / neuronavigation devices
  • Surgical patient warming devices
  • Surgical sterilant
  • Sutures and staples
  • Tissue stabilization surgical devices
  • Vaccine and blood produce preservatives
  • Vagal nerve stimulators
  • Vaginal specula
  • Vascular grafts
  • Xenografts


Services Available

Group Presentations
  DeviceTalks West, Irvine, California, December 3, 2015
20th Annual ACI Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference, New York, New York, December 2, 2015