Ms Alexandra Cunningham > Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > Richmond, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
RIVERFRONT PLAZA, EAST TOWER
951 EAST BYRD STREET
RICHMOND, VA 23219
VIRGINIA
United States

Work Department

Industries
Food Industry
Retail and Consumer Products

Practices
Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation, Product Safety and Regulatory Compliance, PFAS Interdisciplinary Team, Retail and Consumer Products Litigation, Class Action, Multidistrict Litigation, Litigation, Asbestos Litigation, Benzene Litigation, Glyphosate Litigation, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Litigation, Silica Litigation, COVID-19 Litigation, Chemicals, Products and Hazardous Materials

Position

Partner, Co-head of the Products Liability and Mass Tort Litigation practice group

Career

Ms. Cunningham is co-head of the firm’s products liability and mass tort litigation practice group. A nationally recognized toxic tort lawyer, she has been named a “Litigation Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal, recognized as runner-up in The American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” feature, and selected as an Influential Woman of Law, among other accolades.  Ms. Cunningham represents clients in product liability, mass tort and toxic tort and environmental litigation, including successfully defending catastrophic injury and death claims; asbestos, benzene, formaldehyde, hydrogen sulfide, solvent and silica-related premises and product liability claims; large-scale environmental toxin and exposure claims, involving PFAS, PAHs, fluorides, coal combustion residuals and hexavalent chromium; and claims of bacterial contamination in food and beverage products. She also advises on legal issues related to COVID-19 and defends companies in COVID-19 litigation. Ms. Cunningham is admitted to practice in Virginia, Georgia, New York, and West Virginia, and before the federal courts in those jurisdictions and others. She has appeared as trial counsel in courts nationwide, and has led numerous appeals. Ms. Cunningham has also led arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce and American Arbitration Association.

Memberships

Bar Admissions: Georgia, New York, Virginia, West Virginia

Education

  • JD, Emory University School of Law, with high honors, Managing Editor, Emory Law Journal, Elected to Order of the Coif, 1999
  • BA, Psychology, University of Virginia, 1996

Lawyer Rankings

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

Adept at handling private litigation (including class actions/MDLs and individual actions), as well as matters proceeding on multiple fronts (including regulatory and government enforcement actions), the ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP provides ‘efficient and effective’ representation of clients in toxic tort cases involving product liability, occupational injuries and public nuisance. Asbestos litigation is a strength, as is involvement in novel areas, including Covid-19 litigation, where the team, led by ‘top-notch‘ Richmond-based litigator Alexandra Cunningham, recently secured dismissal of federal law suit brought against its client, Smithfield Foods, against allegations that it subjected its employees to unsafe working conditions in the immediate outbreak of the pandemic. Houston-based Georgia Lucier co-heads the team alongside Cunningham and is a key contact, as is Richmond-based associate Merideth Daly, who exhibits ‘thoughtful, effective, and strategic approach to litigation and case strategy’.