James A. Pardo - McDermott Will & Emery


James (Jim) A. Pardo has more than twenty years of trial and litigation experience representing clients in complex commercial, mass tort, product liability and class action cases.

Jim’s clients include many of the country’s foremost oil and gas, insurance, healthcare and technology companies. He has represented these clients in various state and federal trial and appellate courts across the United States, as well as in actions, investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by the US Department of Justice, US Environmental Protection Agency, and other state and federal authorities. An accomplished courtroom lawyer and appellate advocate, Jim’s litigation and trial skills have resulted in a long track record of victories across a diverse range of disputes, including defective fuel products, breach of contract, biotech research fraud, personal injury, patent infringement, groundwater contamination and renewable fuels issues. Many of Jim’s cases have been widely covered in the media.

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  • Served as lead trial, litigation and strategic counsel for an international petroleum company in hundreds of mass tort personal injury and property damage environmental cases, securing multiple victories
  • Serve as national liaison counsel and national coordinating counsel to the petroleum industry in In re Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) Products Liability Litigation, a multi-district mass tort product liability docket consolidated in the Southern District of New York

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  • Legal 500 US, Recommended Lawyer, 2013 to 2023
  • Chambers USA, Environment: Leading Individual, 2013 to 2016, Diversity & The Bar Top 10 Rainmakers, 2017 and 2021, Product Liability: Toxic Torts, 2023
  • New York Super Lawyer 2005 to 2013


  • Darien YMCA, board of directors since 2014


Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1993
University of Michigan, BGS, with high distinction, 1990

New York
Illinois (Inactive)

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