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Ben Barnett co-chairs Dechert’s Complex Commercial Litigation group and is a nationally-recognized eDiscovery attorney with significant experience effectively managing discovery in civil litigation and government or internal investigations.


Co-Chair, Large Firm Management Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association; Member, University of Pennsylvania Inn of Court


Kenyon College, B.A, 1984; The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1993, Note and Comment Editor of the Catholic University Law Review, awarded American Jurisprudence Awards for Criminal Law and Administrative Law, member of the Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > E-discovery

Dechert LLP‘s team is called upon by clients to provide e-discovery advisory and support services, particularly involving challenging time constraints, in a vast array of litigation and investigation matters. Clients particularly praise the firm for its experience in, and familiarity with, the European market. The group is led by experienced trial attorney Ben Barnett in Philadelphia (‘without peer‘), who is advising Airbus on a number of issues, including the launch of its open source aviation data platform, Project Skywise, in which he is drawing on his expertise in big data issues. Also based in Philadelphia, Matt Tate is another name to note for multi-jurisdictional e-discovery.

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

Highly regarded in the pharmaceutical space, Dechert LLP is particularly experienced in handling product liability, mass tort and class actions for manufacturers and distributors. Jointly led by New York-based Sheila Birnbaum and Mark Cheffo, the team is representing Purdue Pharma as national counsel in over 1,400 cases regarding its prescription opioid medication, and is defending Pfizer as lead national counsel in litigation relating to the antidepressant Zoloft, which allegedly causes birth defects in children when taken during pregnancy. The practice group also continues to represent AbbVie in national product liability litigation involving testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel, including an MDL in Chicago in which Nathan Hoffman takes the co-trial counsel role. Moreover, the team is acting as lead appellate counsel for Johnson & Johnson in the mass tort litigation claiming personal injury from use of anti-psychotic medication Risperdal. Philadelphia-based Ben Barnett and Douglas Fleming in New York are other key members of the practice group.