Dechert Names Douglas Fleming And Jay Bhimani Co-Chairs Of Its Product Liability Mass Torts Practice

Dechert LLP has named partners Douglas Fleming and Jay Bhimani co-chairs of the firm’s product liability and mass torts practice, providing bi-coastal leadership with Mr. Fleming based in the New York office and Mr. Bhimani in the Los Angeles office.

“Doug and Jay are well positioned to lead our national team in advising clients on how to navigate high-stakes litigation, from the most complex and critical product liability and toxic tort matters to consumer class actions and litigations brought by government plaintiffs,” said Mark Thierfelder, co-chair of Dechert.

Mark Cheffo, co-chair of the firm’s global litigation practice, said: “Our product liability and mass torts practice is known for having deep experience across diverse sectors. We have obtained the dismissal of significant multi-district litigations well in advance of trial, scored jury trial wins in bellwether actions, secured precedent-setting appellate victories and developed cutting-edge solutions that otherwise have brought successful closure to complex mass tort actions for our clients. Doug’s and Jay’s strategic leadership, industry knowledge and business acumen are exactly what we need to continue to cement a best-in-class practice.”

Mr. Fleming focuses on complex litigation, specifically matters concerning mass torts, product liability, environmental toxic torts and insurance. He regularly represents clients from the chemical, pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer product, building materials and insurance industries. His clients have included numerous Fortune 500 companies involved in mass tort litigation filed across multiple federal and state jurisdictions.

Mr. Bhimani counsels clients on a wide range of commercial litigation matters, with a focus on product liability and mass torts. He has served as trial counsel in numerous product liability matters in which the claimed damages were in the hundreds of millions of dollars, including in the largest federal multi-district litigation in history.

The firm’s product liability and mass torts practice combines deep industry experience with the resources of a cross-practice global team to provide strategic insight and full-service representation to multinational companies. Lawyers have secured wins in challenging cases in state and federal jurisdictions, often advising on issues of first impression and serving as lead and coordinating counsel. The team includes acclaimed first-chair trial lawyers and leading science and appellate experts.

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