Complex Litigation

Robert Littleton is the Practice Team Leader of the National Product Liability Program Management, Crisis Management and Mediation Practice Team. He has served international manufacturers as product line, national, and regional coordinating counsel for over two decades. He has appeared pro hac vice in 20 states and has supervised the defense of claims in England, Switzerland, Austria and Spain. In addition to national product liability program management, he has also defended individual product claims ranging from a broken surgical instrument to the shutdown of a European cell phone network.

Mr. Littleton has teamed with our Commercial Lawyers on matters including: multimillion dollar breach of warranty claims; large collection cases with product performance defenses; distributor termination suits, and others. He has defended construction delay claims premised on the allegedly defective performance of products.

Mr. Littleton has helped businesses cope with corporate crises including: transportation disasters, recalls, media criticism of client products, and government investigations.

Robert Littleton has published and lectured extensively on product liability, admissibility of expert evidence, litigating in adverse jurisdictions, ADR, and crisis management.

Robert Littleton is rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell.
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Presentations
"Law Firm Succession Planning" - CLE sponsored by the Law Practice Management Section of the New York State Bar - Oct. 2014
"Globalization of Product Liability", panel chair, Product Liability Advisory Counsel, Spring 2007 Meeting
"Litigating in Problem Jurisdictions", presentation to Lloyd’s of London, Manufacturer’s Alliance, European and Asian Insurance Representatives, corporate legal department 2002 - 2007
“Crisis Management for Corporate Counsel”, Guest Lecturer, Univ. of Penn. Law School, Philadelphia, 1995 - 2005
"Mediation Tactics for Advocates," Continuing Legal Education Program, New York City (2001, 2005)
"Beyond the Barrister: Planning for and Managing Corporate Crises," presentation to International Section of New York State Bar Association, NYSBA Annual Meeting, New York City, (2000)
"Efficient Management of Product Liability Claims," American Lawyer's Leadership Summit on Dispute Management, New York City, (November 1999)
“Crisis Management: New Exposures, New Strategies,” Institutional Investor Magazine's Risk Management ‘97 Seminar, New York City (September 1997)
“Product Liability Crisis Management,” Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Corporate Counsel Association, New York (May 1997)
“Product Liability Crisis Management,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Association, New York City (1995)
“Cost-Effective Product Liability Claims Management,” Property and Casualty Claims Litigation Management Seminar, San Diego (1994)

Admissions
New York State Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Education
Colgate University, B.A., 1978
New York Law School, J.D., 1983 cum laude

Professional Memberships
Product Liability Advisory Council
Defense Research Institute
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association
New York Super Lawyer (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Publications
"2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts Law" by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
Law360's 2011 Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board
Chapter co-author of: "International Crisis Management" for PLI "International Corporate Legal Departments" (2007)

"Crisis Management," The Practicum, New York State Bar Association International Practice Section, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Autumn 2000)

“Neutering Daubert” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute (May 1997)

“Defense Update: Gore v BMW Jury Instructions,” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute (August 1996)

“Coordinated ADR in Mass Product Liability Cases,” Product Safety & Liability Reporter, Vol. 21, No. 44 (November 5, 1993)

"Alternate Dispute Resolution," chapter co-author, in Products Liability, An International Manual of Practice, Oceana Publications, Inc. (1988)

Television Appearances
Court TV: Guest Commentator: Carter v Brown & Williamson (1996)
Guest: “Prime Time Justice” (1996)
“Verdicts & Justice,” (1995)

Clerk Experience
Honorable Ruth Washington, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

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