Products Liability Litigation

About the Committee


Welcome to the Products Liability website! We are an open, friendly and diverse Committee, combining lawyers of all ages and backgrounds, who come from around the country and work in different practice settings. We are not so large that you will feel lost in the crowd; and large enough with enthusiasm to spare to mount significant CLE programs and other member benefits.

If you have an interest in national, regional or local program planning, publishing articles about the law, creating online columns or CLE, and would like to work with a highly collegial and diverse group of lawyers with interests in products liability law and practice, then you've come to the right Committee!

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Message from the Chairs

Welcome the Product Liability Committee homepage!

Please take some time to explore the fantastic content that our website has to offer—from substantive articles to podcast style practice advice to invitations to in-person CLE seminars, our page is a one-stop shop for Product Liability lawyers representing both sides of the “v”.   

Joining and becoming active in our committee is a great way to enhance your substantive knowledge and skills and to broaden your professional network on a national scale. Our committee offers several types of opportunities to get involved in ways that appeal to your skill set and interests—whether it be speaking, writing, moderating, helping to plan meetings and CLE seminars, or leading a subcommittee.

2020 is shaping up to be a busy year for our committee. Earlier this year, our annual Joint CLE seminar in Snowmass, Colorado, cosponsored by the Environmental and Energy and Mass Tort committees, was an overwhelming success, filled with innovative CLE programs and skiing and other winter activities. 

Later in the Spring, we will gather again in our nation’s capital at the Litigation Section’s hallmark event—Section Annual Conference—which will take place from May 6–8 in Washington, D.C.

In June, our Food & Supplement Subcommittee will be hosting its annual Regional Meeting in Chicago, which is certain to be filled with informative panels and great networking. Also, be sure to join our Women in Products Liability Subcommittee this Fall at their Regional Meeting. Details for both events are coming soon to your in-box.

Please bookmark our page and be sure to circle back throughout the year, as we will be announcing information about upcoming webinars and roundtables and will also post helpful articles and sound advice pieces generated by our members for our members.

We hope that you will consider getting involved. Please feel free reach out to any of the cochairs with any questions—we would be thrilled to fill you in more on the benefits of membership in our committee and taking an active role in our committee’s events.

Michelle Molinaro Burke, Tonya Newman, and Fabrice N. Vincent
Cochairs, Products Liability Committee


Our active subcommittees include:

• Website

• Newsletter

• Membership

• Automotive

• Medical Device

• Class Actions

• Consumer Products

• Food/Supplements

• Corporate Counsel

• Pharmaceuticals

• Chemical

• Biotech

• Women in Products Liability Litigation

• Young Lawyers

• Annual Meeting

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:
» Download Subcommittee Leadership Roster | 

Find contact information for committee members:
» Committee Member Roster | 

Committee Leadership


Michelle Burke
Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC
Morristown, NJ


Tonya Newman
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Chicago, IL

Fabrice Vincent
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
San Francisco, CA

Web Editors

Alina Rodriguez
Bowman and Brooke LLP
Minneapolis, MN

Nick DeLuca
Washington, DC 


Lee Ziffer
Kuchler Polk Weiner, L.L.C.
New Orleans, LA

Jamie Walls
Spilman Thomas & Battle
Pittsburgh, PA

Newsletter Editor

Mark Hancock

Ankura Partner

David Manek