Habib Nasrullah
 

Habib Nasrullah serves as trial and national coordinating counsel on mass tort and complex product liability lawsuits, including multidistrict litigation. He maintains a very active white collar and investigations practice and also represents sophisticated clients in complex commercial litigation. Habib’s clients include Fortune 100 and other leading companies, and he has substantial experience in federal and state courts. Formerly, Habib served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado. 

Habib frequently manages mass tort litigation involving dockets of several thousand cases across multiple jurisdictions. He is currently defending a major healthcare industry client against more than 12,000 claims involving its dialysis products. In another matter, Habib is leading the litigation strategy involving more than 3,000 claims against a popular cholesterol drug. Recently, Habib negotiated the dismissal of a food distributor from wide-ranging litigation relating to the deadly 2011 Listeria outbreak linked to Colorado cantaloupes, which sickened hundreds and killed 33 people.

In all of his engagements, Habib works with clients and local counsel to conceptualize and implement coherent and effective litigation plans for multidistrict and complex litigation. Clients frequently retain him to try cases involving sophisticated expert and evidentiary issues with potentially high exposure when trial is imminent.

Habib's background as a federal prosecutor makes him particularly valuable to clients in criminal cases and civil cases in which there is a parallel criminal investigation. He strives to resolve these matters in the earliest possible stages, sparing clients the potential of facing criminal charges or intense public scrutiny. Habib also conducts internal investigations and counsels individual and corporate clients on a variety of federal and state compliance issues in the healthcare, aviation, and financial institution sectors.  

Other Experience

United States Attorney's Office (District of Colorado)
Parcel, Mauro, Hultin & Spaanstra, P.C.
McKenna, Conner & Cuneo LLP

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Best Lawyers
    
Commercial Litigation, 2013-2016
    Mass Tort/Class Action Litigation, 2016 
    Product Liability Litigation, 2012-2016
 The Legal 500 United States 
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2013, 2015
Colorado Super Lawyers 
    Business Litigation, 2006, 2010-2016
    Top 100, 2013-2016
Benchmark Litigation 
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2013-2016
    Insurance Litigation - Colorado, 2013 -2016
    Product Liability - Colorado, 2013-2016
    Personal Injury - Colorado, 2013-2016
International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, 2016
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Diversity & The Bar 
    Law Firm Rainmakers, 2011
Federal Bureau of Investigation 
    Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding prosecutive skills and
    assistance as an Assistant United States Attorney, 2008 
United States Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, Denver Field Office
    Professionalism Award, 2008
United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General 
    Integrity Award for major contributions as an Assistant United States Attorney toward the goals and mission of the Inspector General
Defense Research Institute
International Association of Defense Counsel
American Bar Association 
    Member, Conference of Minority Partners in Majority Corporate Law Firms
Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
International Bar Association

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Founder and Advisor, Internet Safety Foundation, a coalition of Colorado educational, corporate, and law enforcement interests whose mission is to be a clearinghouse for Internet safety resources
Colorado Association of Leaders in Educational Technology (CALET)
    Outstanding Friend of Technology Award, 2008

Teaching Positions

National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    Deposition Skill Seminars

Personal Interests

Aviation, instrument, and multi-engine rated private pilot
Travel


Habib Nasrullah has particular experience representing pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors in mass tort, multidistrict litigation. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Habib also maintains a very active white collar and investigations practice. 

Representative Cases Mass Torts Mass Torts
  • Represented a food distributor in allegations of Listeria contamination resulting in 33 deaths and 146 confirmed cases in one of the largest and deadliest food-borne illness outbreaks in the United States.
  • Represented Continental Airlines and Global Aerospace in matters stemming from a 2008 incident in which a plane skidded off the runway at Denver International Airport due to strong crosswinds. The claims involved over 200 plaintiffs.
  • Retained as lead trial counsel to defend General Electric against claims brought by more than 100 NATO soldiers for cancer-causing exposure to ionizing radiation from missile systems used during the Cold War. All 40 related cases were settled approximately for what would have amounted to two months' worth of defense costs.
  • Serve as trial and national coordinating counsel for the largest pharmaceutical distributor in North America in nationwide litigation involving Zoloft, Effexor, and fen-phen.
  • Served as trial counsel for a water softener manufacturer against allegations of bacterial contamination resulting in Crohn's disease.
  • Serve as trial and national coordinating counsel for a generic drug manufacturer in nationwide litigation involving metoclopramide, sodium alendronate, allopurinol, and finasteride.
  • Serve as trial counsel for a dental clinic involving allegations of overtreatment of pediatric patients.
White Collar & Investigations White Collar & Investigations
  • Represent a Chinese Fortune 10 company in an investigation involving trade compliance issues.
  • Represented a Chinese national in a federal investigation involving alleged arms trading.
  • Represent the former CEO of a hospice care organization in a federal False Claims Act investigation and related qui tam litigation.
  • Represented a senior public official in corruption-related proceedings being investigated by the United States.
  • Represent a cloud-based healthcare recordkeeping service in Stored Communications Act and related compliance issues.
  • Represented a prominent Colorado lawyer in an investigation by the State of Colorado involving allegations of securities fraud.
  • Represent a technology company under investigation for alleged conflict of interest charges.
  • Represent a senior partner of a physicians group in a federal investigation into alleged healthcare fraud and related qui tam proceedings.
  • Represented a commercial airline pilot in an investigation by the United States of crew intoxication.
  • Represented one of the nation's largest manufacturers of mobile home parts in allegations of corruption and regulatory noncompliance.
  • Represented an originator and servicer of mortgage loans in an investigation conducted by the United States.
  • Represented a private school following a sexual assault investigation.
  • Represented an airport executive in a state corruption probe.
  • Represented a Fortune 10 company in an international investigation into the alleged destruction of documents related to ongoing litigation.
Commercial Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal (as Assistant U.S. Attorney) Criminal (as Assistant U.S. Attorney)
  • Prosecuted a Mexican national for failure to pay child support resulting in the second-highest award of restitution obtained by the United States Government in a federal child support prosecution. Habib was awarded the Inspector General's Integrity Award by the Office of the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Department.
  • Served as trial counsel for the Denver Mint in a sexual harassment and hostile work environment lawsuit based upon an alleged assault on a female employee by a supervisor.
  • Litigated multiple issues of first impression in the District of Colorado concerning computer forensic evidence under the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act of 2006.
  • Successfully tried a case filed by a sitting county court judge in southern Colorado for alleged violations of the Privacy Act stemming from the conduct of FBI agents.
Other Relevant Experience Other Relevant Experience
  • Represent a global healthcare company in multidistrict litigation involving over 12,000 claims relating to dialysis products.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Other Experience

United States Attorney's Office (District of Colorado)
Parcel, Mauro, Hultin & Spaanstra, P.C.
McKenna, Conner & Cuneo LLP

Teaching Positions

National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    Deposition Skill Seminars

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Best Lawyers
    
Commercial Litigation, 2013-2016
    Mass Tort/Class Action Litigation, 2016 
    Product Liability Litigation, 2012-2016
 The Legal 500 United States 
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2013, 2015
Colorado Super Lawyers 
    Business Litigation, 2006, 2010-2016
    Top 100, 2013-2016
Benchmark Litigation 
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2013-2016
    Insurance Litigation - Colorado, 2013 -2016
    Product Liability - Colorado, 2013-2016
    Personal Injury - Colorado, 2013-2016
International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, 2016
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Diversity & The Bar 
    Law Firm Rainmakers, 2011
Federal Bureau of Investigation 
    Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding prosecutive skills and
    assistance as an Assistant United States Attorney, 2008 
United States Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, Denver Field Office
    Professionalism Award, 2008
United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General 
    Integrity Award for major contributions as an Assistant United States Attorney toward the goals and mission of the Inspector General
Defense Research Institute
International Association of Defense Counsel
American Bar Association 
    Member, Conference of Minority Partners in Majority Corporate Law Firms
Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
International Bar Association

Government Service

United States Attorney's Office, District of Colorado
    Special Prosecutions Section
    Project Safe Childhood Coordinator
    Major Crimes Section
    Civil Division

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Founder and Advisor, Internet Safety Foundation, a coalition of Colorado educational, corporate, and law enforcement interests whose mission is to be a clearinghouse for Internet safety resources
Colorado Association of Leaders in Educational Technology (CALET)
    Outstanding Friend of Technology Award, 2008

Personal Interests

Aviation, instrument, and multi-engine rated private pilot
Travel

Articles/Presentations
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1988
  • University of Southern California, B.A., 1984, International Relations, magna cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa
Government Service

United States Attorney's Office, District of Colorado
    Special Prosecutions Section
    Project Safe Childhood Coordinator
    Major Crimes Section
    Civil Division

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit