• State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in historic victory when the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a US$145 million punitive damages award against the company as unconstitutionally excessive.
    • Dow Corning Corporation in their breast implant litigation.
    • Aventis Crop Science in several class actions and multidistrict litigation arising out of biogenetic corn. 
    • Thompson-Delaco in litigation concerning its over-the-counter drug Dexatrim, which contains “PPA.”
    • Numerous pharmaceutical companies in recovering substantial sums of money, including Pharmacia (Celebrex, Bextra), Wyeth (Hormone Therapy Litigation) and Pfizer (Hormone Therapy Litigation, Shiley Heart Valve) from insurance carriers in London arbitrations. 
    • Fortune 500 clients in state and federal courts involving multiple products and substances, including DES, PPA, asbestos, talc, DDT, PCBs, dioxin, PFOA and environmental claims and clean-up costs arising from Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy.
    • Metro North in the landmark case Buckley v. Metro North involving medical monitoring before the U.S. Supreme Court.
    • An insurer in the New York Court of Appeals involving whether a punitive damage verdict awarded in another state was insurable under New York law.
    • Chrysler Corporation before the Florida Supreme Court in a case involving the standard of proof necessary to establish liability for punitive damages.
    • FMC Corporation in an appeal in New York that resulted in a reversal and new trial of a US$3 million punitive damage award arising out of a construction accident.

    Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

    • Hunter College, B.A., 1960, cum laude
    • Hunter College, M.A., 1962
    • New York University School of Law, LL.B., 1965
    • Hunter College, LL.D., 2009, Honorary Doctorate of Laws
    • New York
    • Supreme Court of the United States
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • Member of Council (1989-present), American Law Institute
    • Member, Advisory Committee to the Restatement of the Law of Product Liability, Complex Litigation and Insurance Law
    • First President and Founding Member, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert
    • First Annual Mass-Tort MDL Flash Points — The George Washington University Law School, Washinton, DC (April 29 -30, 2021)
    • The Rise of Women to Leadership in Class Actions —  Angeion Group, Webinar (September 1, 2020)
    • Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance —  PLI , New York, NY (November 29, 2018)