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Keith Teel

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Keith A. Teel is a litigator and legislative advisor of unusual breath. He handles major patent and product liability cases, disputes, and legislation. He has litigated at every level, including arguing before the United States Supreme Court. He serves as lead counsel for defendants involved in an ongoing Multi-District Litigation proceeding, and oversees cases that are among his firm’s largest and most complex. He represents clients, including at trial, in Hatch-Waxman and other pharmaceutical patent litigation, and in patent infringement litigation involving various types of technology. In the product liability area, Mr. Teel represents major auto parts, pharmaceutical, alcohol, tobacco, and other manufacturers and trade associations in product liability litigation and legislation. In the legislative area, Mr. Teel works with companies and state and national groups as they seek improvements in liability standards and court procedures. He has a deep understanding of the political process and the forces that influence it, and he has drafted legislative proposals for every state and testified in support of legislation in nearly every state. Mr. Teel also regularly provides pro bono assistance to individuals. Among other matters, he represented a veteran in a case in which the United States Supreme Court made clear that benefits determinations of the Veterans Administration may be appealed, and he succeeded in persuading the Alabama courts to overturn the conviction and death sentence of a client, who was ultimately released from prison after seventeen years after pleading guilty to a charge not involving homicide. Mr. Teel co-chairs Covington’s patent litigation practice group.


University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1981 (Virginia Law Review). Washington and Lee University, B.S. (Chemistry), 1978 (magna cum laude).

United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense

Historically known for its strong pharmaceuticals and medical devices practice, Covington & Burling LLP’s Washington DC-based team often advises on strategic issues. Michael Imbroscio, Paul Schmidt and Phyllis Jones obtained summary judgment and termination of 1,225 cases in the Mirena IUD MDL for Bayer, with Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP as co-counsel. Imbroscio, Jones and San Francisco-based Jeffrey Davidson have been serving as national counsel to Eli Lilly in litigation concerning erectile dysfunction drug Cialis. Imbroscio, Schmidt and Shankar Duraiswamy defended Genentech in the company’s first product liability suit regarding its Lucentis eye treatment product. The team includes Keith Teel and Raymond Biagini.

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