Paul Dwyer directs the National Litigation Management Team for a Fortune 20 pharmacy chain, defending professional malpractice, products liability, general liability and consumer protection cases throughout the United States. He has represented both corporate and individual healthcare professionals before state regulatory bodies. Paul routinely counsels both corporations and individual professionals regarding regulatory matters.
Paul advises healthcare industry clients on a wide variety of litigation, regulatory and business issues, including all facets of the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act. He has developed internal patient safety evaluation systems for healthcare providers and has assisted in the creation of patient safety organizations. Paul routinely counsels clients on healthcare privilege and confidentiality issues. He also regularly lectures on patient safety and liability issues to national and regional audiences.
Paul is also New England regional counsel for several corporate clients in asbestos litigation. Over the course of his career, Paul has successfully tried numerous products liability personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of corporate defendants.
Attorney Dwyer has successfully represented insurers in insurance coverage disputes in trial courts and before the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
•In addition to his products liability trial experience, Paul has successfully tried medical malpractice, general negligence, contract and environmental damage lawsuits. He has represented defendants in class actions brought pursuant to ERISA, the Fair Debt Collection Act and state law contract claims.
•He has previously served as Regional Coordinating Counsel for a Fortune 200 company involved in products liability litigation throughout the United States.
Significant Appellate Decisions
•Department of Financial and Professional Regulation v. Walgreen Company, 2012 Ill.App.2d 110452, 970 N.E.2d 552 (Ill. App. Ct. 2012) (successful representation of amicus curiae)
•Wolf v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation, 697 A.2d 1082 (R.I. 1997) (applying the trespasser doctrine to railroad rights of way)
•Gorman v. Abbott Laboratories, 599 A.2d 1364 (R.I. 1991) (represented appellee in a case of first impression rejecting the market share theory of liability)
Recent Speaking Engagements and Presentations
•Lecturer, The Use of Patient Safety Work Product in Employment Matters (6th Annual Meeting of Patient Safety Organizations, Rockville, Maryland; April 24, 2014 sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
•Presenter, Mock Hearing: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in Asserting Patient Safety Work Product Protection (6th Annual Meeting of Patient Safety Organizations, Rockville, Maryland; April 23, 2014 sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
•Panelist, PSOs and the Legal Environment: Case Law Review (5th Annual Meeting of Patient Safety Organizations, Rockville, Maryland; April 24-25, 2013, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
•Lecturer, Designing a Provider's Patient Safety Evaluation System to WithstandLitigation (Webinar, January 22, 2013, sponsored by the Alliance for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement)
•Panelist, The Extent of the Pharmacist's Role in Medication Safety and Liability for Adverse Drug Events, Rhode Island Pharmacist's Association Spring Seminar (Warwick, RI, May 1, 2014)
•Moderator/Panelist, The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act: The New Privilege in Litigation and Healthcare (Rhode Island Bar Association 2013 Annual Meeting, June 14, 2013)
•Lecturer, Current Trends in Pharmacy Law and Consumer Protection: Peer Review and the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 approved for Continuing Legal Education Credits in eighteen jurisdictions (Newport, Rhode Island; May 2009)
Besides Edwards Wildman
Paul enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and reading biographies.