The American Lawyer profiled Jim Heller as part of its Litigation Leader series, which features the country's biggest firms' litigation practice leaders.
Product manufacturers know that even the most vigilant, safety-conscious companies must be prepared to respond to serious product liability claims. Compared to other torts, the evidentiary burden for plaintiffs is relatively low and potential monetary and reputational harm to defendants can be extraordinarily high.
Cozen O’Connor is a trial firm, first and foremost. We have been defending Fortune 500 companies in significant product liability litigation for more than three decades. Our attorneys are fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; ranked by Chambers and Partners; and recognized as among the nation’s “most influential” trial attorneys who are regularly involved in “significant verdicts.”
We defend single action matters, class actions, mass torts and multidistrict litigation. Attorneys respond to congressional, regulatory and criminal investigations, and appear before state and federal courts, arbitration panels and federal agencies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Food and Drug Administration.
Cozen O’Connor serves as ongoing national counsel to major corporations in oft-targeted industries. Our attorneys build institutional and brand knowledge, create protocols for fielding claims, minimize overall liability, conserve in-house resources and guide manufacturers through product recalls and withdrawals.
In response to mass tort filings, we work with our clients to develop a national litigation strategy, coordinate multi-jurisdictional discovery, select and prepare experts, and identify critical bellwether cases for priority disposition. Our proactive approach often leads to swift and silent resolutions, minimizing disruption to ongoing business operations.
Our Product Regulatory team works with clients to prevent problems in the first place. We advise on federal and state regulatory compliance (including California’s Proposition 65), conduct risk audits and reviews, and counsel on product labeling, advertising, marketing and manuals.
While the design, manufacture, sale, and promotion of many products is now a global endeavor, the majority of U.S. product liability laws are determined by individual states and vary widely across jurisdiction. With offices abroad and lawyers licensed across the United States, Cozen O’Connor has the capacity to respond to product liability matters wherever they arise.
Food & Beverage. Provide labeling, advertising and regulatory advice to the food, beverage and nutritional supplement industries. Respond to product liability claims, provide crisis management, guide product recalls and litigate business disputes.
Safety Products. Lead advocacy on behalf of the smoke alarm industry and serve as national coordinating counsel and national trial firm for an international alarm products manufacture. Our attorneys have tried numerous state and federal cases to verdict, often achieving complete victory.
Aviation. Represent aviation clients in multi-jurisdictional product liability, wrongful death and survival actions, personal injury, warranty claims, product recalls and property damage claims.
Medical & Life Sciences. Defend developers, designers, suppliers, manufacturers, and users of medical and life sciences products, particularly against claims of personal injury or wrongful death.
Toxic Torts. Defend manufacturers and premises owners throughout the country in matters arising out of the release of and exposure to toxic substances, such as asbestos, heavy metals, mold and benzene.
Additional Focus Industries. Serve clients with exposures in the areas of sports equipment, automotive and off-road vehicles, construction equipment and building products, oil and gas, firearms and manufacturing equipment.