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King & Spalding LLP
1180 PEACHTREE STREET
ATLANTA, GA 30309
United States
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Position

Chilton Varner focuses on product liability, business torts, contract and other commercial disputes. As a partner in our Mass Tort and Toxic Tort practice, Chilton defends corporate clients in a range of commercial litigation.

With 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer, Chilton represents clients in mass tort litigation, class actions and multi-district litigation. She has served as trial and appellate counsel for a number of the country’s largest pharmaceutical, medical device and automotive manufacturers.

Chilton was appointed to the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee by Chief Justice William Rehnquist in 2004 and reappointed by Chief Justice John Roberts in 2007, where she participated in drafting amendments governing electronic discovery and changes to the rules governing summary judgment, expert discovery and information-gathering from third parties and corporate executives.  In 2012-13, Chilton was President of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  She is currently President of the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices

(Hall of Fame)

Chilton VarnerKing & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, scientists and consultants specialize in representing pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and life sciences companies in nationwide product liability litigation. The firm has particular experience in mass tort litigation, and has developed unique expertise in pelvic mesh matters and women’s health issues. Houston-based Bruce Hurley heads the practice and defends drug and device manufacturers in tort litigation. Also notable are senior counsel Chilton Varner, who is an experienced trial lawyer, representing clients in mass tort litigation, class actions and multi-district litigation; Andy Bayman, who specializes in the life sciences sector; and Geoffrey Drake, who acts for companies in the life sciences, automotive, energy and technology sectors. The team was boosted in 2020 by the arrivals from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP of: Morton Dubin II, a first chair trial lawyer known for high stakes product liability matters; John Ewald, who is a trial lawyer focused on product liability and toxic tort cases; Kristen Fournier, an experienced mass tort and product liability litigator; and Kathy O’Connor, who represents pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and consumer product companies. All named lawyers are based in Atlanta unless stated otherwise.

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport

(Hall of Fame)

Chilton VarnerKing & Spalding LLP