Paul LaFata

Paul-Lafata

Paul LaFata

Counsel

New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036-6797
+1 212 698 3539 | +1 212 698 3599

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Paul A. LaFata focuses his practice on complex litigation proceedings, including multidistrict litigation (MDL), class actions and aggregated proceedings, mass torts, product liability, qui tam, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and other complex proceedings in state and federal courts. Mr. LaFata has served among national counsel in leading MDL proceedings, requiring the development and implementation of national defense strategies. Mr. LaFata has litigated cases from inception through trial and appeals in state and federal courts nationwide, including working on trial teams for bellwether pharmaceutical trials and arguing motions, taking and defending depositions, managing discovery, and drafting extensive briefing. Receiving client award recognition for client service, Mr. LaFata has also advised clients and their legal departments in federal and state regulatory matters, policy, compliance, litigation defense planning and commercial contract disputes. Representative industries include pharmaceuticals, health care, consumer products, chemicals, plastics, insurance and nonprofit, as well as municipal government.

Mr. LaFata volunteers with mock trial organizations to write trial and appellate problems and judge mock trial tournaments. 

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. LaFata was an attorney in the complex mass tort practices at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. 

Experience
  • Purdue Pharma in opioid pharmaceutical mass tort claims in an MDL and by state attorneys general.
  • Pfizer in personal injury, class action, and consumer fraud actions in MDLs and state-coordinated proceedings at the trial and appellate levels..
  • Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in class action and individual cases in environmental toxic tort cases and federal appellate litigation.
  • Standard Industries in product liability and consumer fraud class action claims aggregated into an MDL.
  • Forest Laboratories in product liability personal injury cases.
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance in trial and appellate litigation arising from hurricanes, automobile insurance policy consumer fraud claims, RICO and qui tam litigation.
  • Boy Scouts of America in defense of mass tort claims in trial and appellate postures.
  • Martin Marietta in federal appellate litigation concerning public nuissance claims. 
  • The City of New York in defense of tort claims in a pro bono capacity. 

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

Education
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2004, highest honors
  • William & Mary Law School, J.D., 2007, Top 10% of class, Order of the Barristers, Executive Articles Editor for William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal
Admissions
  • New York