Mr. Guttmann represents companies in complex, high-stakes toxic tort, product liability and environmental litigation. He also provides strategic legal and business counsel on regulatory compliance and transactional due diligence. He has served in leading roles in litigation matters with potential damages/awards in the billions of dollars, and has secured dismissal or reduction of claims in numerous matters that have saved clients millions of dollars. By blending regulatory, transactional, and litigation expertise (including representation of clients as plaintiffs) into an integrated whole, Mr. Guttmann offers clients the benefit of all three perspectives in charting a course of action that is most advantageous for their businesses.
Mr. Guttmann currently serves as lead national counsel for a petroleum refiner in all MTBE product liability litigation and is a member of the defense steering committee for the refining industry in those cases. He is also currently defending a public utility in a large class action claiming health effects due to alleged lead exposure. Other examples of his environmental litigation experience include serving as lead counsel in numerous cases arising under NEPA, RCRA, CERCLA, and the Clean Air Act. These matters have included cases pending in various federal trial and appellate courts, cases before the Department of Interior Board of Land Appeals, and administrative enforcement actions at EPA.
Articles in the National Law Review database by John S. Guttmann