Hope S. Freiwald

Hope-Freiwald

Hope S. Freiwald

Partner

Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2514 | +1 215 994 2222

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Hope S. Freiwald is a trial lawyer at Dechert LLP, whose practice includes a broad range of product liability, toxic tort, commercial, and consumer class action cases. Ms. Freiwald has served as trial and coordinating defense counsel for numerous companies faced with complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation, typically involving scientific and public health issues.

Ms. Freiwald currently leads Dechert’s expert development team in defense of one of the leading manufacturers of opioid medicines.  She has served as coordinating defense counsel in multi-district litigation involving testosterone replacement therapy and also represented the largest on-line retailer of nutritional supplements in product liability litigation arising out of a recalled ingredient. Previously, she has served as trial or coordinating counsel in litigation involving antipsychotics, COX-2 inhibitors, statins, blood factor concentrates, contact lens solution, acne medication, cardiac pacemakers and latex gloves. In addition, she has worked on behalf of manufacturers of consumer products ranging from airbags to fire safety equipment.

Ms. Freiwald also represents clients in internal investigations and advises companies on reducing and managing risks. She has helped clients understand and develop strategies for reducing risk related to prescription drugs and devices, asbestos and silica exposure, ground water contamination, athletic gear, luxury boats and electronics. 

Ms. Freiwald also has an active pro bono practice.  She successfully represented the widow of a police officer who was killed in the line of duty with an unlawfully purchased handgun, obtaining not just monetary compensation but also changes in the defendant seller's employee training and customer screening practices. She also co-authored an amicus curiae brief that was cited by the Obama administration before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case.

She has been highlighted as a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation since 2013 for her general commercial and product liability practices and as a “Life Sciences Star” by LMG Life Sciences since 2012. Ms. Freiwald also has been noted for her work in mass tort, class action and product liability litigation by US News and Best Lawyers in America, which in 2013 named her “Lawyer of the Year” in Philadelphia for defendants in product liability litigation. Ms. Freiwald is a graduate of Brown University (magna cum laude) and Columbia Law School. Before joining Dechert, she clerked for the Honorable Jan E. DuBois (E.D.P.A.).

Education
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1990
  • Brown University, A.B., 1986, magna cum laude
Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Clerkships
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Honorable Jan E. DuBois
Speaking Engagements
  • Lone Pine Orders After Strudley Decision: Are They Still Standing? Plaintiff Perspective; Defense Perspective — 3rd Annual Hydraulic Fracking Conference, Santa Barbara, CA (February 27, 2014)
  • Functional Food: Claims and Substantiation — 2012 Food Advertising: Claims, Litigation and Strategies Conference, New York, NY (November 15, 2012)
  • In-House Perspectives: Controlling Costs When Preparing and Trying Cases — American Conference Institute's 3rd Annual Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation Conference, Chicago, IL (April 25, 2012)
  • Case Intake, Discovery Concerns & Damages — Gas Drilling Operations Conference, Dallas, TX (December 13, 2011)
  • 2nd Annual Off-Label Communications Conference — Presented by Q1 Productions with Sponsorship by Dechert, Philadelphia, PA (December 5, 2011)
  • Case Intake, Discovery Concerns & Damages — Gas Drilling Operations Conference, Philadelphia, PA (September 9, 2011)
  • There's No “Froot” in My Froot Loops! Consumer Fraud — NJCCA's 8th Annual Full Day Conference, Whippany, NJ (September 24, 2010)
  • Challenging the Science Case: Winning Litigation with Daubert and Frye — Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA (September 21, 2010)
  • Recent Developments in Product Liability Litigation: What Every In-House Counsel Needs to Know — DELVACCA's 2010 In-House Counsel Conference, Philadelphia, PA (May 6, 2010)
  • DELVACCA's In-House Counsel Conference — A Conference Hosted by DELVACCA with Sponsorship by Dechert, Philadelphia, PA (May 6, 2010)
  • Disqualifying Plaintiff's Experts — ACI's 14th Annual Drug and Medical Device Litigation, New York, NY (December 9, 2009)
  • 14th Annual Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference — Presented by ACI with Sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (December 8, 2009)
  • Managing Product Liability Risks Based on Off-Label Uses — ACI's 5th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturer's Guide to Off-Label Communications, Philadelphia, PA (July 17, 2008)
  • 5th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturer's Guide to Off-Label Communications — Presented by the American Conference Institute with Sponsorship by Dechert, Philadelphia, PA (July 16, 2008)
  • What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Juries — Philadelphia Bar Association's 2005 Bench-Bar Conference, Atlantic City, NJ (September 30, 2005)
  • Disclosure of Clinical Trial Information for Off-Label Promotion: Reducing the Risk of Liability — American Conference Institute's Managing Risks Conducting & Promoting Clinical Trials Forum, San Diego, CA (September 20, 2005)
  • An Introduction to Product Liability Litigation — Pennsylvania Bar Association, CLE, Philadelphia, PA (July 22, 2005)
  • An Introduction to Product Liability Litigation — Pennsylvania Bar Association, CLE, Pittsburgh, PA (June 23, 2005)
  • Novel Uses of Clinical Trial Data Supporting Post-Marketing Product Liability Claims — Reducing Legal Risks in Promoting and Conducting Clinical Trials, Washington, DC (February 9, 2004)
  • Medical Monitoring Claims Under PA Law — Hot Topics in Product Liability -A Pennsylvania Bar Institute Continuing Legal Education Course, Pittsburgh, PA (November 12, 2003)
  • Medical Monitoring Claims Under PA Law — Hot Topics in Product Liability -A Pennsylvania Bar Institute Continuing Legal Education Course, Philadelphia, PA (November 7, 2003)
  • Managing Mass Torts Litigation — American Bar Association, Atlanta, GA (November 6, 2003)
  • Recent Developments in Medical Monitoring — Defense Research Institute Annual Conference, Washington, DC (October 16, 2003)
  • Plaintiff and Defense Strategies for Success in Medical Monitoring Claims — The American Conference Institute: Medical Monitoring, New York, NY (April 8, 2002)