Joseph K. Hetrick is of counsel in the mass torts and product liability group. He focuses his practice on product liability defense, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical and medical device cases.
Mr. Hetrick defended Philip Morris in tobacco litigation and represented Baxter Healthcare in the factor concentrate mass tort litigation throughout the world. He was part of Dechert's national defense team representing GlaxoSmithKline in the Baycol litigation, and took a lead role in the Paxil litigation in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Mr. Hetrick also plays a central role in the litigation related to a painkiller for Merck & Co., and has served as trial counsel for Wyeth in the fen-phen litigation. He also handles product liability matters for clients such as West Pharmaceutical, York International Corporation, Stryker Corporation, and Airgas, Inc.
Mr. Hetrick has an extensive background in personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and insurance litigation and has handled class action suits on behalf of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.
Mr. Hetrick has been selected among Best Lawyers in America for product liability litigation in the 2007 through 2011 editions.
Temple University, B.A., 1970, magna cum laude
Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1986, magna cum laude
United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Mr. Hetrick serves as Vice Chair of the Defense Research Institute's Education and Publication Committee and is a member of the Center for International Legal Studies' Congress of Fellow. He is an adjunct professor of law at Temple University School of Law, as well as a frequent speaker both in local and state bar organizations.