Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Mass Tort Litigation


Ulmer & Berne’s pharmaceutical, medical device and mass tort litigation team members are uniquely qualified to defend the most complex lawsuits, both from a legal and a scientific perspective. The group uses a team approach to capitalize on the diverse skill sets of its members resulting in cost-efficient, consistent representation of its clients. The group includes not only highly experienced and talented attorneys, but also medical technicians, scientific investigators, fact investigators and a highly-qualified paralegal and administrative staff, who together prepare and actively defend lawsuits against our clients.

The collective experience of our product liability, medical device and mass tort litigation members includes decades of practice in federal and state courts around the country, both at the trial and appellate levels. Collectively, our attorneys are admitted to practice in more than 18 state and federal jurisdictions. The breadth of legal knowledge among our members is reflected by the defense of our clients in all 50 states. Lawsuits against our clients involve not only the product liability and negligence laws of those states, but also often include claims under consumer protection statutes or involving federal statutory and regulatory law.

In addition, the various backgrounds of our attorneys add a unique layer of knowledge to the defense of lawsuits against our clients. Our team includes attorneys with backgrounds – including advanced degrees – in pharmacy, pharmacology, chemistry, biochemistry, medical technology, business, negotiations and engineering. Our team members also have experience in human clinical trials and have published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Ulmer & Berne LLP partner Frances Floriano Goins was named to the Benchmark Top 250 Women in Litigation. Ulmer partners Paul R. Harris and Joshua A. Klarfeld were included in Benchmark’s Under 40 Hot List 2017. Individual recognition for Goins, Harris, and Klarfeld comes on the heels of Ulmer’s department-wide...

Cincinnati-based counsel Nathan A. Schachtman co-authored an article focusing the science behind successfully defending clients in talcum powder trials. An excerpt from the article, along with links to the full Law360 piece, appear below. Presenting The Science Is Key In Talc Trials From Law360 By Nathan Schachtman and David Schwartz “Establishing a rigorous...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Robert Mitchell as partner in its Cincinnati office. Mitchell brings decades of experience managing complex toxic tort and product liability litigation matters to Ulmer’s nationally respected product liability group. Mitchell’s practice focuses on product liability defense. He has decades...

Ulmer is ranked in 39 categories in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings. Among these, the firm earns U.S. News – Best Lawyers highest rankings in 21 categories. The firm also ranks nationally in 15 categories. Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” are...

Ulmer & Berne is ranked in 39 categories in the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings. Among these, the firm earns U.S. News – Best Lawyers highest rankings in 21 categories. The firm also ranks nationally in 16 categories. Firms included in the 2016 “Best Law...

Four Ulmer & Berne partners – Jeffrey F. Peck, Eric M. Robbins, Michael J. Suffern, and Michael N. Ungar – have been recognized by their peers as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America®. Best Lawyers designates only one lawyer per practice area as Lawyer of...

Cincinnati-based partner Paul J. (PJ) Cosgrove has been named the 2015 Defense Attorney of the Year by Medmarc Insurance Group, a provider of liability insurance protection to medical technology and life sciences manufacturers and distributors. Medmarc Insurance Group annually selects one attorney for this award based upon nominations, balloting, and...

Ulmer & Berne LLP announces that four of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation as “State Litigation Stars.” The following Ulmer & Berne attorneys were selected in their jurisdictions: Frances Floriano Goins – State Litigation Star-Cleveland Jeffrey F. Peck – State Litigation Star-Cincinnati...

“Michael Nathan Ungar | Ulmer & Berne LLP” Cleveland Jewish News January 15, 2015 Perennial Super Lawyer Michael Nathan Ungar considers settlement of a dispute embroiling Case Western University among his most memorable cases of 2014. Read the full article »

Ulmer & Berne LLP is ranked in 40 categories in the 2015 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings. Among these, the firm earns U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ highest ranking in 23 categories. The firm also ranks nationally in 17 categories. Ulmer & Berne achieved a “Metropolitan Tier...

Ulmer & Berne LLP has been ranked within the top 10 percent of all law firms by The BTI Consulting Group, one of the nation’s leading legal industry research firms, in their recently published 2015 BTI Litigation Outlook report. The firm was selected as a “Litigation Powerhouse” and is named...

Ulmer & Berne LLP was named 2014 Ohio Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation at the second annual Benchmark Litigation US Awards held at the Essex Hotel in New York City on January 29, 2014. The US Benchmark Awards were based on a six-month research period involving extensive interviews...

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