National Trial & Coordinating Counsel


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Gordon & Rees
Partners for Product
Liability Defense 

2010, 2011, 20122013

"Go-to" Firm
for Litigation

#1 Commercial Litigation firm in California

Numerous team members have received the distinction of Super Lawyers or Rising Stars in the fields of "Antitrust Litigation," "Personal Injury Defense: Products," and "Class Action/Mass Torts."

National Trial & Coordinating Counsel

Gordon & Rees has a well-proven track record of serving as Local, Regional and National Litigation Coordinating Counsel and Lead Trial/Defense Counsel for complex, multi-jurisdiction cases, both single and multi-party, throughout the United States. We have also been selected as lead mediation and settlement counsel in such cases. The firm has a particular expertise in drug and medical device product liability litigation, environmental/toxic tort litigation, and food contamination litigation.

Our roles as Local, Regional and National Litigation Counsel for many of the Fortune 100 global corporations have included representation in some of the highest-profile litigation that has occurred during the past decade in the U.S., including:

Pharmaceutical Product Liability Litigation:

The Drug & Medical Device Group has been a leader in its defense of the pharmaceutical industry for many years, and continues to be the counsel of choice for some of the largest manufacturers in the United States. For example, during the past two years, the DMD Group has acted as National Litigation Counsel representing a manufacturer of prescription diet medication, overseeing and coordinating counsel, trial strategy and the general defense of both MDL and state coordinated litigation in all 50 states. The team’s client list includes Abbott, Baxter, Edwards Lifesciences, Lifecore, Pfizer, Valeant, Watson, Wright, Wyeth, and Zimmer.

Medical Device Product Liability Litigation:

The Drug & Medical Device Group also specializes in the defense of medical devices, and is proud of its commitment to, and long-standing relationships with, medical device clients. For example, the Group continues to represent some of the world’s leaders in the manufacturing of vascular devices, currently acting as National Coordinating Counsel for one company on its closure, stent and catheter devices, and currently acting as California counsel for two other vascular manufacturers on pacemaker leads and aortic aneurysm stents. The DMD Group also has a long history of work in the orthopedics field, and continues to lead the defense for a number of orthopedic manufacturers, including national and local counsel roles in matters involving hip and knee implants, shoulder pump litigation, and general business disputes.

Environmental/Toxic Tort Product Liability Litigation:

The Environmental and Toxic Tort Practice Group has successfully defended clients in almost every sector of the business community throughout the U.S. in a comprehensive range of matters, including trying hundreds of cases to verdict along with extensive and successful appellate experience. For example, in asbestos litigation, Gordon & Rees currently serves as National Litigation Coordinating Counsel for the leading manufacturer of residential flooring in the United States, Western Regional Litigation Counsel for a $17 billion diversified industrial company, and Western Regional Litigation Counsel for a global manufacturer of industrial equipment. The team also serves as California counsel for silica litigation for one of the world's largest tire manufacturers, as well as Western Regional Litigation Counsel for silica litigation for a global diversified industrial company. In Perchloroethylene litigation, Gordon & Rees currently serves as National Litigation Counsel for a worldwide manufacturer of electrical products involving dry cleaning equipment manufactured by the client’s predecessor-in-interest.

Food Product Liability Litigation:

For decades, Gordon & Rees has represented food manufacturers, processors, suppliers, and distributors, as well as restaurants, hotels, and similar establishments. In food contamination-related tort and product liability litigation, Gordon & Rees has served as National Coordinating Counsel in E. Coli litigation involving spinach and juice, as well as serving as lead counsel for a global tomato processing company in government investigations and civil class actions. The team’s experience includes matters for clients such as Natural Selection Foods, Starbucks/Odwalla, Nature Made products, and the Castelinni Group.

National Counsel Fast Facts
  • Our roles as Trial and Litigation Coordinating Counsel for many Fortune 100 global corporations include some of the highest-profile product liability litigation that has occurred during the past decade in the U.S.
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