Erik Snapp


Erik Snapp


Chicago | 35 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60601-1608
+1 312 646 5828 | +1 312 646 5858

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Erik Snapp defends pharmaceutical, medical device, automotive and consumer products clients in consumer fraud class actions and product liability/mass tort litigation. He has represented Fortune 500 clients in numerous trials and has extensive multi-district litigation experience. He also has handled regulatory and internal investigations in the United States and Europe, and has advised clients on compliance and ethics issues. Mr. Snapp has been recognized by The Legal 500 US for his product liability and mass tort defense practice in the areas of consumer products, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and toxic tort.

Mr. Snapp has argued federal and state court appeals, and has written briefs submitted to all levels of appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He also strongly supports the firm’s pro bono commitment; his recent pro bono work includes representing members of the Oglala Lakota Nation in a Voting Rights Act case, serving as lead trial counsel in a complex interstate child custody dispute, and representing indigent criminal defendants in trial court and appellate court proceedings.

A graduate of St. John’s University (B.S., 1990, cum laude) and the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1995, cum laude), Mr. Snapp is a member of the Illinois, Florida and Minnesota state bars and the federal court bars in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, including the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar.

Mr. Snapp is the Program Vice-Chair of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Drug and Medical Device (DMD) Committee, and previously served as the Chair of the DMD Complex Medicine/Experts Specialized Litigation Group. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), which is the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys representing corporate and insurance interests. He has also served on the Law360 Life Sciences Editorial Advisory Board.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Snapp taught English in Kyoto, Japan.


Significant Representations

  • Takata Corporation and TK Holdings Inc. in product liability litigation.
  • A global automotive supplier in an internal investigation.
  • Philip Morris USA Inc. in product liability litigation and in consumer fraud class actions involving claims that it violated state laws by selling “light” cigarettes to consumers. 
  • Pfizer and its Wyeth and Upjohn subsidiaries in state and federal product liability cases involving hormone therapy drugs.
  • A medical device manufacturer in hip implant product liability litigation.
  • A medical device manufacturer in spinal rod implant product liability litigation.
  • A durable medical equipment manufacturer in federal and state criminal and civil investigations, and related consumer fraud class action litigation, focused on the manufacturer’s sales and contracting practices.
  • A pharmaceutical manufacturer in a False Claims Act federal investigation involving allegations of off-label promotion.
  • A consumer products manufacturer in an international internal investigation regarding allegations of tax fraud.
  • A sub-prime lender in an SEC investigation focused on the adequacy of the lender’s reserves and its loss disclosures.
  • A top executive of a sub-prime lender in an SEC investigation focused on the lender’s loan loss reserves and related disclosures.
  • A joint venture owner in nationwide state court and MDL consumer fraud class action litigation related to the joint venture’s pricing, sales and marketing practices.
  • A pharmaceutical manufacturer against allegations by multiple plaintiffs that the manufacturer’s product caused cancer. Managed and led multi-firm trial teams defending the manufacturer.
  • A mother from Gambia, West Africa as lead trial counsel in a complex interstate child custody trial.

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

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1995, cum laude
  • St. John’s University, B.S., 1990, cum laude
  • Illinois
  • Florida
  • Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana