Thomas B.K. Ringe III: Lawyer with Duane Morris LLP

Thomas B.K. Ringe III

Philadelphia,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone215 979 1160

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Products Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 215 979 1160
Fax: 215 689 3851
University Duke University, B.A., Accounting, 1979
Law SchoolUniversity of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1982; Temple University Graduate Law Center, LL.M., Trial Advocacy, 1995
Admitted1982, Pennsylvania; 1987, New Jersey; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Supreme Court of New Jersey; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Professional Activities

•New Jersey State Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•American Bar Association
•The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

BornPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, June 10, 1957

Thomas B.K. Ringe III focuses his practice on the defense of consumer and commercial civil actions for large companies. These include mass tort, consumer class actions, professional responsibility matters and various litigation and regulatory matters for pharmaceutical and dietary supplement companies. Mr. Ringe also concentrates on scientific and medical issues in the law, including the development of scientific evidence and expert witness testimony.

Mr. Ringe acts as national coordinating counsel for foreign and domestic companies in U.S. litigation and corporate matters. Recently he directed the defense on expert issues of a major pharmaceutical company in a large mass tort. Mr. Ringe was the national coordinating counsel for a foreign corporation with the litigation of hundreds of products liability and class action matters, including the defense of suits involving ephedra-containing dietary supplements. Mr. Ringe served as a member of the Defense Coordinating Counsel in the multidistrict litigation matter In Re Ephedra products liability litigation 04 MD 1598 (JSR). Mr. Ringe also acts as regional and national counsel for several insurance companies, for whom he directs the defense of complex cases, including class action and professional liability matters. Mr. Ringe consults with businesses about litigation risk management, including matters relating to research and development, document retention and corporate structure.

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, he is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, New Jersey State and Philadelphia bar associations. He is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.

Mr. Ringe is a 1995 graduate of Temple University Graduate Law Center (LL.M., Trial Advocacy), a 1982 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and a graduate of Duke University (B.A., Accounting).


• Duane Morris LLP
- Partners Board, 2003-2008
- Partner, 1993-present
- Associate, 1986-1992
• Palmer, Biezup & Henderson, Philadelphia, PA
- Associate, 1982-1986

Honors & Awards

• Recognized as a Super Lawyer in Pennsylvania
• AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected Publications

• Co-author, Electronic Control Devices: Science, Law, and Social Responsibility, Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association 2012; 125:2406-2408; originally published online April 30, 2012

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters; Served as national counsel, and member of the MDL Defense Coordinating Counsel, in the matter ofIn re Ephedra Liability Litigation04 MD 1598 (JSR). Directed litigation of products liability matters, including the defense of more than 100 suits and 10 consumer class actions involving ephedra-containing food supplements. Defended more than 18 sudden cardiac death cases involving decedents less than 40 years old, including: High income earner, mother of two (34) died while biking with no history of heart disease. Proved she had ARVC instead of drug-related cardiac arrest. Iraq war veteran (26) taking client's product died suddenly. His estate claimed it was due to product. Proved his death was caused by an allergic response to anesthesia. New Jersey police officer (21) died while training. Proved death was due to a genetic pre-disposition to ARVC. Settled on terms very favorable to client. Florida army father of 3 (29) died during a parachute jump. Proved it was due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and not due to client's product. Worked closely with nation's leading cardiac pathologists and electro-physiologists on all cases.

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Thomas B.K. Ringe III

30 South 17th Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103-7396


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