Ms Kimberly Branscome > Dechert LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas
NEW YORK, NY 10036-6797
United States

Work Department

Product Liability and Mass Torts




Kimberly Branscome acts as trial counsel in complex litigation, advising on product and professional liability, environmental and toxic tort and securities matters. Ms. Branscome advises clients from a broad range of sectors, including the pharmaceutical, consumer products, oil & gas and automotive industries.

Ms. Branscome has served as lead trial counsel in product liability litigation for a major multinational corporation, securing victories for the client in high-profile jury trials regarding allegations of asbestos contamination in that company’s talcum powder products.

In addition, Ms. Branscome has served as lead counsel for a product manufacturer in a multi-district litigation involving hearing loss claims by service members related to a product sold to the military.

Ms. Branscome has also served as trial counsel for one of the world’s largest automakers in litigation regarding its vehicle’s ignition switches, in which she secured victories for the client in the second federal bellwether trial and the first state bellwether trial.  She also served as trial counsel for a global oil & gas company in litigation arising out of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Law360’s 2019 Trials Editorial Advisory Board


  • Vanderbilt University, B.E., Biomedical Engineering & Chemical Engineering, 2004, magna cum laude
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2007, Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy

Lawyer Rankings

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

With a strong East Coast presence and also continuing to strengthen its offering from California, the ‘engaging and responsive‘ team at Dechert LLP has the resources to handle a tremendous range and volume of major product liability disputes facing pharmaceutical/devices clients, irrespective of location. Much of the work the practice handles, however, is in the context of national counsel in large aggregated matters, where it adds real value, not only by dint of its strategic aptitude but also being ‘totally abreast of the underlying subject matter’. As well as their aptitude at trying cases, the attorneys are also very adept at securing excellent results for clients utilizing dispositive motions – including in the context of Daubert challenges. New York-based co-heads Mark S. Cheffo  and Sheila L. Birnbaum have amassed a huge amount of experience and success in the area, often in the role as national co-ordinating counsel and trial counsel. Managing partner of the Los Angeles office Kimberly Branscome also handles life sciences-related matters as part of her broad-based product liability skillset. ‘Calm and knowledgeable’ New York-based Rachel Passaretti-Wu is also recommended andgets great resultsfor clients.

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco)

(Next Generation Partners)

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United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Dechert LLP fields a team of specialised litigators who are regularly engaged to handle disputes arising out of commercial agreements, consumer fraud, insurance and banking, false advertising, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions-related claims. The Washington DC-based Christina Sarchio is well versed in the consumer products, financial, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, sports and transportation industries. Sarchio leads the practice jointly with Kimberly Branscome in Los Angeles. Andrew Wong, also in LA, is active in putative class actions and contract disputes, while New York’s Linda Goldstein focuses on claims brought by institutional investors and customer arbitrations. Andrew Levander (New York) focuses on white-collar and securities litigation.

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

Dechert LLP has strong market presence in the product liability and mass torts space from its East coast stronghold, as well as more recently from a burgeoning California-based offering – a corollary of which includes a significant amount of toxic tort work for consumer goods, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing companies. The well-known practice c0-head, Sheila L. Birnbaum is well-versed in the relevant science, the substantive law and litigation strategies relating to a range of product liability/mass tort matters and has, throughout her career, achieved many notable victories at both a trial and appellate level. ‘Calm and knowledgeable‘ in her approach, Rachel Passaretti-Wu ‘gets results‘ for clients in toxic tort and product liability matters; she recently played key role for Saint-Gobain in toxic tort-related matters regarding its use of materials containing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office, Kimberly Branscome has been pivotal to the firm’s growth on the West Coast. Mark S. Cheffo co-heads the team alongside Birnbaum. All named practitioners are based in New York, unless otherwise noted.

United States > Dispute resolution > International litigation

Dechert LLP‘s trials, investigations and securities disputes team has broad experience acting for corporations, creditor groups, sovereign states investment funds and other financial institutions in cross-border disputes. Hector Gonzalez , who combines expertise in securities disputes, criminal and SEC and CFTC enforcement proceedings in New York and Washington DC-based general commercial litigator Christina Sarchio lead the team alongside Kimberly Branscome in Los Angeles, who has product liability, environmental and toxic tort and securities litigation expertise. In August 2021, the group strengthened its West Coast practice with the additions of Hartley West, who specializes in government enforcement defense and asset forfeitures, and corporate governance and securities litigator Richard Horvath from Kobre & Kim and Paul Hastings LLP respectively. Other additions include Steven Engel, who joined in Washington DC from the Department of Justice in May 2021, and Philadelphia-based Clare Putnam Pozos, former First Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in January 2022.