The scope of Keith's practice includes the defense of 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
Keith represents major automobile, truck, and trailer manufacturers in their product liability litigation. Since 1995, he has served as counsel responsible for all product liability litigation in Pennsylvania for a major automobile manufacturer.
He also represents a wide variety of manufacturers and suppliers involving a broad line of products from consumer goods to industrial equipment. In addition to motor vehicle matters, he and his team routinely handle cases involving a wide array of consumer and industrial products, including power generating and distribution equipment, drive systems, appliances, consumer electronics, steel and paper mill equipment, machines of all types and a variety of medical devices and equipment.
Throughout his career, Keith has successfully defended motor vehicle and other product manufacturers at trial in cases involving serious injury and death that included issues surrounding crashworthiness, side-impact protection, alleged defects in restraint systems, steering systems, braking systems, and fires involving property damage and personal injury.
Keith devotes a portion of practice to representing clients in class action litigation across a broad spectrum of issues which include consumer, automotive and marine products, construction cases, electronic billing and telecommunications.
•“Unreasonable Dangerous Design” in the Jury Charge and on the Verdict Sheet in Products Liability Cases, Pennsylvania Association of Defense Counsel (PADC), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December, 2016
•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
•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
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 , 2005-2017, Top 100 Philadelphia: 2011
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Year Joined Organization
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...
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...
Product Liability Case Dismissed Based on Lack of Jurisdiction
May 11, 2017
The defense prevailed on preliminary objections in Philadelphia County based on lack of jurisdiction over a truck manufacturer. ?The case was originally filed in the federal court, but jurisdiction was found to be improper. If a party is an LLC,...
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...
Associations & Memberships
•Defense Research Institute
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, Executive Committee, 2002 - 2008
•Philadelphia Bar Association, Judge Pro Tempore, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County
•Product Liability Advisory Council, Sustaining Member
•Trial Attorneys of America