January 25, 2021

Volume XI, Number 25

Jonathan Judge

Jonathan Judge is a trial and regulatory lawyer who believes in the power of analytics to help clients make better decisions.

Jonathan counsels, defends, and tries cases for manufacturers of juvenile, household and industrial products in matters across the United States, drawing from his depth of experience and a devotion to his clients. Whether his client is a product manufacturer seeking regulatory compliance or a corporation facing a substantial lawsuit, Jonathan knows that every client has a story.

From Agencies to Juries

Jonathan has extensive experience defending client interests during Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigations, and he helps product manufacturers and importers comply with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). He develops a unique vision for each case or investigation and turns to the engineers and experts best qualified to support his argument.

Jonathan also acts as national coordinating counsel for companies seeking comprehensive product liability representation. He helps product sellers understand that there is no such thing as an isolated case anymore, and that mistakes made in one case can haunt a company for years to come. In particular, he works to ensure that CPSC product investigations do not compromise the defense of related product liability lawsuits, and vice versa.

Ongoing Counsel

Jonathan utilizes his experience to help consumer product entrepreneurs launch their products safely and effectively. He provides these clients with vital legal information including standards for warning labels, instruction booklets and necessary product testing.

Clients benefit from Jonathan’s ability to advise them on proper insurance coverage, improved product labeling and product marketing campaigns. Additionally, he helps protect parent companies from the liabilities of their subsidiary investments. With a keen procedural acumen, Jonathan is respected for his knowledge of the sophisticated legal issues that affect consumer products, particularly when their performance is being challenged in court.

Jonathan has provided regulatory advice in relation to:

  • Insurance regulatory fines and assessments
  • Product Regulatory Safety Plans (PRSP)
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Washington Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA)
  • Health Canada (HC)
  • Toys regulations (ASTM)
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Articles in the National Law Review database by Jonathan Judge

Several attorneys from Schiff Hardin’s Products Liability and Mass Torts Practice Group are National Law Review Go-To Thought Leaders for their analysis of the CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission) and how the recent election and other political factors may impact CPSC leadership and enforcement priorities. Schiff also examined COVID-19's impact on the CPSC and topics including statutory protections for manufacturers, steps companies can take to reduce regulatory actions, and different approaches to keeping customers and employees safe when reopening after pandemic related closures.  Frequent NLR contributing authors include Mike Gentine, Jonathan Judge and Jeffery Skinner.

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