Practice Areas

Toxic Torts

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell lawyers represent numerous companies that use and dispose of chemicals and other regulated substances in the production and distribution of their products. We routinely try lawsuits involving toxic torts related to asbestos, personal injury claims related to pharmaceuticals, wrongful death, property damage claims, hazardous waste claims, contamination liabilities, and related insurance issues. We also have extensive experience defending a variety of torts in class action and multidistrict litigation.

As national trial counsel to General Electric, Pfizer, and other manufacturers, WTO lawyers are very familiar with the medical and causation issues associated with claims of current and historical toxic exposure. In defending pharmaceutical and medical device product liability matters, environmental litigation, and medical malpractice claims, we have developed a broad base of scientific and medical knowledge, a network of medical experts, and the ability to coordinate nationwide discovery, investigations, and evidence preservation related to mass claims.

Crisis Response and Communications
WTO's clients often require legal assistance at the onset of a crisis in anticipation of tort claims. We are prepared to respond immediately to client emergencies to help avoid or mitigate legal liability. Our skills go beyond the defense of individual lawsuits to include pre-suit emergency response and crisis management; evidence preservation; early resolution of claims; coordination with related litigation (such as product liability and insurance actions); coordination with regulatory and legislative investigations; coordination of nationwide discovery and electronic discovery operations; media relations; supervision of local counsel; retention of expert witnesses; factual investigation; settlement negotiations; class actions; and trials and appeals.

WTO lawyers know the complex federal and state statutes and regulations at the heart of toxic tort cases as well as the science associated with regulated substances. We understand the technical aspects of regulatory law and have broad experience translating scientific and technical concepts to lay jurors, judges, and arbitrators.

Several WTO attorneys have formal education in the sciences, and many have in-depth knowledge acquired through years of practice in technical cases. We effectively communicate with scientists, engineers, and medical and other experts, and our lawyers have the knowledge and training to develop persuasive briefs and evidentiary presentations in the areas that matter most to companies handling claims involving regulated substances.