Fred is the complete product liability and catastrophic event defense litigator and counselor. He has served as national counsel for clients and defense liaison counsel in federal multidistrict litigation, and has successfully tried significant exposure cases (including wrongful death, quadriplegia and amputation) in various jurisdictions.
With a unique depth and breadth of experience based on more than 35 years representing clients across the nation in diverse industries in litigation, Fred has acquired a multi-angle view of the litigation landscape and provides clients with thoughtful advocacy. Whether in mass torts, class actions or “one-off” cases, he crafts and executes cost-effective, successful strategies to meet client needs, including counseling to avoid potential claims and reducing liability or exposure in litigation. While bringing creative and strategic legal analysis to the specific problem or litigation, Fred understands and digs into the technical issues – especially expert opinions – that are often critical to a successful outcome.
Fred’s practice focuses primarily on handling high-exposure, high-profile cases within the following areas: coordinating and handling the response to catastrophic events causing personal injuries, environmental/property/economic damages issues including industrial explosions/fires, releases of toxic chemicals and construction accidents; life sciences in the pharmaceutical, medical device and biologic sectors, including clinical trials; interaction and litigation with various state and federal agencies including OSHA, CPSC, US Chemical Safety Board and Fire Marshalls; propane and natural gas equipment and systems; industrial, construction, material handling (forklift) and motor vehicle products; consumer products; and class action/mass torts
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