Product Liability & Mass Torts

Morgan Lewis has a long-standing, nationally recognized product liability and mass torts practice. Our team handles mass torts, individual lawsuits, and class actions, as well as multidistrict litigation. Our lawyers were the original thought leaders in asbestos-related bodily injury and property damage litigation, which has led to the development of current US product liability and toxic tort law. We often serve as national coordinating and trial counsel on product liability cases, and as lead counsel on mass, multidefendant toxic tort cases, including community exposure cases. We defend claims in the most challenging jurisdictions, opposing leading plaintiff trial firms. Our lawyers are leaders in effectively managing litigation by using innovative risk mitigation strategies and litigation metrics analysis to deliver effective and cost-efficient results.

We act as both national and local counsel, leveraging our broad geographic footprint in product liability and toxic tort defense. Working with economic, damages, and scientific experts, Morgan Lewis’s product liability team assesses the initial risks and develops a strategy for each client. Our team has experience operating in different models of national counsel, allowing us to work seamlessly with other defense counsel across the United States.

Our product liability and mass tort lawyers routinely draw on the resources of colleagues working in our life sciences, environmental, regulatory, corporate investigations, tax, and insurance recovery practices. These cross-disciplinary teams of product liability litigators, trial lawyers, and class action lawyers handle specific regulatory and coverage matters, defend against parallel government investigations, and provide strategic risk management advice.


First and foremost, we are trial lawyers. We also have exceptionally strong appellate advocates. And we have innovative and effective settlement counsel, with deep knowledge of and experience with qualified settlement funds, structured settlement techniques, insurance, and the tax implications of settlements. Our lawyers conduct arbitrations, mediations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Our skills, knowledge, and commitment—as well as our ability to deliver effective, long-term solutions for clients—set a standard of excellence that defines our service model.

We have developed critical systems and efficiencies to manage large, complex litigation. As trial lawyers, we set the standard for the use of technology and multimedia in the courtroom. We know what it takes to try a high-profile, complex case to verdict. Our willingness to try a case when it is in our client’s interest, and our success record at trial, give us a strategic advantage when we negotiate settlements. We repeatedly are hired to serve as national trial counsel and national coordinating counsel for significant class actions. Because we have tried cases in more than two dozen jurisdictions, we have experience and insights into the jurisdictions relevant in mass tort litigation.