Chair of Ulmer & Berne’s Product Liability Group, Jeff has spent more than two decades defending pharmaceutical companies and other clients from product liability, toxic tort, occupational exposure, and other mass tort claims. An acclaimed litigator who is consistently lauded by his clients, Jeff has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list every year since 2006, and named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of product liability every year since 2007.
Jeff also has significant experience in complex commercial litigation, particularly matters involving the construction industry, and has been named to Best Lawyers in America® in the area of commercial litigation every year since 2008. Additionally, the peer-review publication designated him a “Lawyer of the Year” (Cincinnati, 2012; 2016).
Given his extensive experience on the topics, he is frequently called upon by the industry to write and present on federal preemption, and other bars to product liability actions against pharmaceutical companies.
In addition to his litigation experience, Jeff plays a leading role in Ulmer & Berne’s innovative risk-management counseling service for participants in the biologics, pharmaceutical, medical device, and dietary supplement industries. Drawing on knowledge of the relevant product liability litigation environment, chemical compounds, and industry practices, Jeff assists clients in due diligence on contemplated acquisitions and in risk reduction and transfer strategies for their products, including procurement of appropriate insurance on favorable terms.
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