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Joel Dewey

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Joel Dewey is a trial lawyer and appellate advocate who has successfully handled a wide array of cases for major corporations across the country. His practice focuses on the preparation, trial, and appeal of complex product liability and class action cases, many of which involve complicated technological issues. His practice also includes the counseling of technology companies and product manufacturers in the areas of risk management, analysis and prevention. He has lectured and written articles on litigation and technology related issues for industry groups, clients, ABA, and state and local bar associations.


Permanent Member, Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; American Bar Association; Product Liability Advisory Council; Defense Research Institute; Maryland Bar Association; Baltimore City Bar Association


JD Harvard Law School; BS Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport

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Joel Dewey - DLA Piper LLP (US)

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport

Philadelphia-based Raymond Williams and Christopher Young in San Diego co-head DLA Piper LLP (US)’s nationwide product liability and mass torts practice. The team advises OEMs, such as Porsche and Ford, on contentious and non-contentious matters, including risk mitigation, product recalls and litigation. Other key figures in the department are James Brogan in Philadelphia and Joel Dewey in Baltimore.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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