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Hope S. Freiwald is a trial lawyer at Dechert LLP, whose practice includes a broad range of commercial, consumer class action and complex product liability cases. Ms. Freiwald was recently named “Lawyer of the Year” in Philadelphia for defendants in product liability litigation by Best Lawyers in America. Ms. Freiwald was also highlighted as a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation 2013 and 2014 and as a “Life Sciences Star” by LMG Life Sciences in 2012 and 2013. She was recommended for her crisis management work in the 2011 edition of The Legal 500 (U.S.). Ms. Freiwald also has been noted for her work in mass tort and class action litigation and product liability litigation by US News and Best Lawyers in America since 2007 and described as “top notch” in HealthLaw360. In September of 2011, Ms. Freiwald was named by the National Diversity Council as among the “Most Powerful and Influential Women in Pennsylvania.”

Ms. Freiwald’s experience includes serving as trial counsel and leading defense strategies for numerous companies faced with complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation. She has represented banks and brokerage firms against securities, contract and consumer fraud claims. She was one of Merck’s trial counsel in the litigation related to a painkiller, and also helped spearhead AstraZeneca’s strategy behind its successful defense of its branded medicine, Seroquel®. She represented joint owners of a nuclear power plant in litigation against a third owner after a forced shutdown. She regularly advises companies on reducing and managing litigation risks. In the past year, Ms. Freiwald also was co-trial counsel for a plaintiff who successfully sued for damages following catastrophic injuries to a mother and child.

Ms. Freiwald is a frequent author and speaker regarding complex litigation in the life sciences and energy industries. She has been featured in The National Law Journal, Legal TimesLaw360 and other prominent legal publications as well as on the regional television program Law Journal TV.


Brown University, A.B., 1986, Magna cum laude
Columbia Law School, J.D., 1990

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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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Honorable Jan E. DuBois, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania