P.J. serves as Co-Group Leader of the firm’s Product Liability Practice Group. In his practice, he represents medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in pattern litigation or mass torts (particularly “multidistrict litigation”), and in “one-off” product liability suits, serving as national coordinating and trial counsel in both large, complex matters, and individual cases. He has defended toxic and environmental exposure suits, and also defends individuals and companies in alleged class actions and complex business litigation, particularly with regard to claims of fiduciary breaches, consumer fraud, deceptive practices, and professional negligence.
P.J. has been a key member of trial teams in high-profile litigation, and actively manages all stages of pretrial proceedings. He has significant experience defending and examining corporate and expert witnesses in various fields, including industry specific standards of care, regulatory affairs, medical causation, surgical techniques, materials science, toxicology, internal medicine, and economic losses. This experience extends beyond the deposition stage, where he designs and implements strategies to exclude (or limit) expert testimony through motions practice or evidentiary hearings pursuant to Daubert, Kemp, Havner/Robinson, and similar admissibility standards. P.J. has briefed and argued dispositive motions and appeals in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the country. In addition, he has conducted arbitrations and mediations dealing with a host of disputes.
P.J. is active in local and state bar associations, and frequently presents on product liability issues, covering such issues as the Biomaterials Access Assurance Act, preemption, supply chain liability, personal jurisdiction, case management and dispositive motion strategies, including with respect to punitive damages claims, and other matters pertinent to defense of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing firms. He also is a frequent speaker at the American Conference Institute’s Annual Conference on Drug & Medical Device Litigation. To further his understanding of the issues facing the industry, P.J. has been a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society since 2011, and he is active in BioOhio, a nonprofit intended to build and accelerate the bioscience industry. P.J. was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the Product Liability Litigation field, has been recognized as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation, and has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list.
(LL.M., Trial Advocacy)