A former federal prosecutor and US Marine Corps infantry officer, Harvey Bartle fights for clients in complex federal and state court litigation, trials, and arbitrations throughout the country, as well as government criminal and civil investigations.
Harvey has served as lead counsel in a broad range of complex civil matters, including mass tort, product liability, insurance coverage, intellectual property, and contract disputes. Most recently, Harvey served as lead trial counsel representing publicly traded pharmaceutical manufacturers in two back-to-back high-profile trials brought by state attorneys general seeking billions of dollars in damages and abatement for public nuisance and consumer protection claims in connection with the nationwide opioid litigation. The first trial was a seven-month jury trial in New York state court. The second was a two-month bench trial in West Virginia state court. In addition to those trials, Harvey also served as trial counsel for defense of claims for the Track 1 trial in the federal opioid multidistrict litigation in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and for claims brought in Oklahoma state court. Both of those cases were settled on the eve of multi-month trials. Harvey also obtained a dismissal of an opioid-related class action brought by insurance payors in New Jersey state court that was affirmed on appeal. Harvey serves as lead counsel for similar matters filed by attorneys general, district attorneys, municipalities, and class action plaintiffs pending in other jurisdictions throughout the United States.
In criminal and government civil enforcement matters, Harvey draws on his experience as a federal prosecutor to conduct internal investigations and to represent publicly traded and privately held corporations, and individuals in connection with US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission, and state attorney general investigations. Harvey served for eight years as an Assistant US Attorney in the District of New Jersey, where he prosecuted public corruption, government fraud, commercial bribery, money laundering, and cyber and tax crimes. His first chair jury trials included high-profile cases involving prominent public officials and resulted in precedential appellate opinions regarding conspiracy and extortion under the Hobbs Act. Harvey also served as the Attorney-in-Charge of the US Attorney’s Trenton office, where he led the day-to-day operations and oversaw all aspects of the office’s criminal investigations, prosecutions, and trials.
In insurance matters, Harvey has successfully led multi-million-dollar coverage claims against insurers in state and federal courts involving product and technology liabilities, wrongful death actions, and bad faith. Those successes have included favorable resolutions without litigation and wins at summary judgment and on appeal, including obtaining the reversal of decisions of trial courts in favor of insurers.
Harvey is a graduate of Princeton University and of Temple University School of Law, from which he graduated cum laude and where he served as the managing editor of the Temple Law Review. Before attending law school, Harvey served for five years as an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps. His deployments spanned the globe, and his billets included platoon commander and company executive officer.
Government and Internal Investigations, and White Collar Matters
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Insurance, Law360 (2020)
Recognized, Commercial Litigation, Philadelphia, The Best Lawyers in America (2022, 2023)
Recommended, Dispute resolution: Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices, The Legal 500 US (2016, 2020)