As the chair of the firm's Product Liability Practice Group, Keith coordinates and oversees product litigation throughout all of the firm's offices. His experience is a valuable asset in coordinating this practice area.
A trial attorney since 1979, Keith has defended hundreds of cases in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and elsewhere. His experience includes all aspects of motor vehicle design and manufacture, appliances and consumer electronics, residential and industrial fires, marine products, motors and power generating and distribution equipment, manufacturing equipment and many others. He was previously the national coordinating counsel for a manufacturer of computerized drive systems for industrial equipment.
Keith also represents our clients in class action litigation across a broad spectrum of issues which include consumer, automotive and marine products, construction cases, electronic billing and telecommunications.
Since 1995, Keith has served as the senior attorney responsible for all product litigation against Chrysler LLC in Pennsylvania, representing Chrysler in nearly every federal and state court. Keith has represented General Electric Company on numerous cases involving consumer and industrial products, including power generating and distribution equipment, drive systems, appliances, consumer electronics, and steel and paper mill equipment. Keith also has represented General Electric Company on medical device cases involving x-ray equipment, shields, monitoring devices, and ultrasonic cleaning equipment.
•Tincher v Omega Flex, Inc - The New Pennsylvania Approach to Strict Liability Post- Azzarello, Pennsylvania Bar Institute - Webinar, March 2015
•Potential Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Future Life Care Plans, Client Presentation, June 2013
•Product Liability, AAMGA University Weekend, Phoenix, AZ, August 2007
•Releases and Settlements, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, January 2001
•Spoliation, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, November 1997
•Use of Spoliation Claims in Product Liability Cases, Philadelphia Bar Association, April 1997
•Spoliation of Evidence in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, December 1996
•“A New Product Liability Paradigm, ” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015
• Crashworthiness - Simple in Theory, Complex in Application, DRI In-House Defense Quarterly, Winter 2008
• Product Liability Defenses, A State-by-State Compendium, DRI, Editor, Pennsylvania Chapter, 2007
• Product Liability Defenses, A State-by-State Compendium, DRI, Editor, Pennsylvania Chapter, 2004
• Spoliation Ball Bounces Back Up for Defendants, April 6, 1999, The Legal Intelligencer
• Future Battlegrounds in Spoliation, January 30, 1995, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 18 PLW 153
• When Relevant Evidence No Longer Exists, January 23, 1995, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 18 PLW 119
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
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•Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America - Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, 2013 - present
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•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005-2016, Top 100 Philadelphia: 2011
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Year Joined Organization
Tincher: A New Frontier
Seminar • Dec 16, 2014
Keith Heinold will be a featured presenter for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's webinar Tincher: A New Frontier.On November 19, 2014 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released its much anticipated products liability decision in Tincher v. Omega...
A New Product Liability Paradigm
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2015
Key Points:Azzarello overruled.Third Restatement rejected.Pennsylvania product liability law destined for years of uncertainty. After years of waiting, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court finally decided in November..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
On the Pulse...Product Liability Practice Group Profile
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2012
On The Pulse...For almost four decades, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has maintained an experienced and sophisticated group of trial attorneys involved in product liability litigation. The product liability landscape has evolved...
Jury Sides With Defense in Motorcycle Product Liability Trial
Aug 25, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a German luxury vehicle manufacturer after a jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff alleged that he regularly let his motorcycle idle in his garage to...