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Dechert LLP

CIRCA CENTRE, 2929 ARCH STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19104-2808, USA
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Work +1 215 994 4000
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Fax +1 215 994 2222
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Hope S. Freiwald

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Dechert LLP

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Hope S. Freiwald is a trial lawyer at Dechert LLP, whose practice includes a broad range of product liability, toxic tort, commercial, and consumer class action cases. Ms. Freiwald’s experience includes serving as trial and coordinating defense counsel for numerous companies faced with complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation, typically involving scientific and public health issues.

Ms. Freiwald represents clients in internal investigations and also advises companies on reducing and managing risks. In particular, she has helped clients understand and develop strategies for reducing risk related to prescription drugs and devices, asbestos and silica exposure, ground water contamination, athletic gear, luxury boats and electronics. She has worked on pre-litigation dispute resolution, including resolution of putative mass tort claims in Europe, and has advised clients appearing before government review panels.

Education

Columbia Law School, J.D., 1990; Brown University, A.B., 1986, magna cum laude


United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense

Dechert LLP is well known for representing pharmaceutical companies in chemical exposure claims, and also has experience in water contamination matters. Sheila Birnbaum and Mark Cheffo, who jointly head the team from New York, are defending Pfizer in product liability litigation relating to the antidepressant Zoloft, which allegedly causes birth defects in children when taken during pregnancy; the duo is also acting for Purdue Pharma in multiple cases concerning opioid medication. Los Angeles-based William Oxley continues to act as lead trial counsel for Union Carbide in asbestos litigation across the US. Nathan Hoffman in Chicago and Hope Freiwald in Philadelphia are also recommended.

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