Joseph K. Hetrick


Joseph K. Hetrick

Retired Partner

Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2250 | +1 215 994 2222

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Joseph K. Hetrick, a former partner of the mass torts and product liability group, focused 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 played 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 handled 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 regularly selected among Best Lawyers in America for product liability litigation since 2007.

  • Temple University, B.A., 1970, magna cum laude
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1986, magna cum laude
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Vice Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Education and Publication Committee
  • Center for International Legal Studies’ Congress of Fellow
  • Adjunct professor of law at Temple University School of Law
  • Frequent speaker both in local and state bar organizations