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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.

Our Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Group is comprised of more than 100 attorneys, in addition to a team paralegals, nurse paralegals and trial consultants across the country, and is an integral part of GT’s National Litigation Practice, encompassing 600+ attorneys in offices across the United States. We were recently selected as a 2011 Products Liability Practice of the Year by Law360. The firm’s national Products Liability Practice was also recognized in the 2012 edition of the Chambers and Partners USA Guide and in the 2012 edition of Legal 500: United States.

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 Client 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 medications
  • Anti-acne medications
  • Anti-convulsant medications
  • Anti-depressant medications
  • Anti-fungal medications
  • Anti-nausea medications
  • Anti-psychotic medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Artificial disc devices
  • Asthma medications
  • Biological drugs
  • Blood clotting agents
  • Blood products
  • Bone disease medications
  • Breast implants
  • Cardiac leads
  • Cardiac rhythm management devices
  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass equipment
  • Chemotherapy medications
  • Colonoscopy preps
  • Decongestants
  • Dental implants
  • Diabetes medications
  • Dialysis products and equipment
  • Dietary supplements
  • Electrocautery equipment
  • Endometrial ablation devices
  • Endoprosthesis devices
  • Ephedra and Fen-Phen
  • Heart valves
  • Hip and Knee implants and prostheses
  • Human tissue allografts
  • Imaging equipment (MRI/CT)
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
  • Implantable pulse generators
  • Insulin pumps
  • Intrathecal pain pumps
  • Laparoscopic surgical equipment
  • Mesh devices
  • Natural rubber latex gloves
  • Neurostimulation devices
  • OTC medications
  • Orthopedic bone screws
  • Orthopedic implants
  • Ovulation prediction kits
  • Pain medication pumps
  • Pain medications
  • Spinal cord stimulation devices
  • Spinal implant devices
  • Surgical sterilant
  • Sutures and Staples
  • Tissue stabilization surgical devices
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulators
  • Vaccine and blood product preservatives


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Past Seminar Materials
  DRI's 30th Annual Drug and Medical Device Seminar, Washington, District of Columbia, May 14, 2014