Ellen acts as coordinating and strategic counsel for a Fortune 100 company in its defense of a national docket of wrongful death and personal injury cases related to alleged asbestos exposures, and has done so successfully for 15 years. She is deeply experienced with the causation science frequently at issue in product cases, and offers important insight into how best to formulate complex concepts for courts and juries. In the mass tort context, Ellen focuses on developing long-term defense approaches that include effective appellate strategies to curtail the life of such liabilities.
Ellen also assists clients with evaluation of product litigation and environmental risks in the context of a wide range of corporate, real estate, and public and private financing transactions.
Represents defendants in asbestos- and petroleum-related personal injury and property damage cases
Acts as strategic national counsel managing extensive portfolios of toxic tort cases with substantial successes at trial, on appeal, in streamlining docket management to dramatically lower caseloads and case resolution values, and in crafting forward-thinking defense strategies based on groundbreaking scientific and medical developments
Represents Fortune 100 company in connection with innovative solution to intractable asbestos product liability issues in the context of a Section 524(g) bankruptcy trust
Provides enforcement defense litigation involving alleged violations of hazardous waste, clean water and clean air laws in federal and state courts, as well as before the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and numerous state agencies
Represents oil refiners, blenders and distributors; pharmaceutical and chemical companies; manufacturers of glass and plastic products; coal mines; and independent energy producers in cost recovery and contribution cases under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and state Superfund laws, and in other contamination-related disputes
Negotiates risk allocation in connection with a wide variety of national and international transactions ranging from a $1.2 billion purchase of a coal mining business, to a EUR 1.4 billion divestiture of a packaging and closure business, to an initial public offering of an independent energy producer, to acquisitions involving brownfields properties
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