Denise has gained extensive civil litigation experience over the past four decades before state and federal courts in California, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Denise defends corporations in high exposure and high profile catastrophic casualty and property claims, often becoming involved at the initial claim stage and continuing through trial and appeals. She focuses her practice on complex tort litigation, including product liability, construction law, claims based on defamation, consumer fraud and unfair trade practices, and environmental and occupational exposure claims. Denise has prepared, argued, and won hundreds of discovery, pretrial, and trial motions on a wide range of topics including the exclusion of expert testimony, spoliation, strict product liability, and civil procedure.
Denise serves as lead counsel in the investigation and pre-litigation stages of major construction casualty matters, some of which involve alleged construction product defects, human factor, and OSHA safety issues. Denise also has significant and recognized experience handling product liability cases involving life-science matters for medical device, pharmaceutical and tissue processing companies, and hospitals. She authored a section on “Medical Device Approvals” in DRI’s FDA Basics for the Drug and Medical Device Lawyer. The book is designed to be a go-to reference guide for drug and device litigators, with straightforward explanations of the FDA’s regulation of the drug and medical device industry, including approval applications and processes, labeling, advertising and promotion, manufacturing, and post-approval commitments.
Denise is a member of the Defense Research Institute and is involved in the Steering Committee and the Consumer and Office Goods group. She lectures and writes extensively on litigation, mass tort, multi-district, and regulatory issues. She has presented continuing legal education seminars before the DRI, the firm, and to clients on various topics.
Drawing on her previous experience as a public defender, Denise has an active pro bono practice, handling matters for Child Advocacy programs and the Innocence Project of Pennsylvania.