Peter A Strotz

Partner, Los Angeles Office Managing Partner

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Peter A. Strotz is a senior litigation partner and seasoned trial lawyer based in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  He practices in the firm’s Tort Litigation and Product Liability Practices.  The Tort Litigation Practice was selected by The American Lawyer in 2012 as one of the top three in the United States and the Product Liability Practice was selected by Law360 in 2016 as the Product Liability Group of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.  In each year from 2014 through 2017 Mr. Strotz has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America and one of San Francisco’s Best Lawyers.  Legal 500 U.S. recognized him in 2013, 2015 and 2016 as a Recommended Lawyer for Litigation Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense in the Toxic Tort and Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices categories.

His practice focuses on complex litigation involving novel medical, scientific, and legal issues for global manufacturing companies, including pharmaceutical, oil, gas, engineered and specialty materials, paints, and coatings companies.  In his representation of these Fortune and Global 1000 companies, Mr. Strotz acts as national, regional and local trial counsel in a variety of pharmaceutical, products, commercial, antitrust and toxic tort matters.

Representative Experience

Pharmaceutical

  • Mr. Strotz is national coordinating counsel for AstraZeneca in the defense of the Crestor® product liability litigation currently coordinated in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

  • Mr. Strotz is California counsel for AstraZeneca in the defense of the Nexium® product liability litigation which currently is aggregated in a Multi-District Litigation proceeding in the United States District Court, Central District of California and also in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

  • Mr. Strotz defends Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in product liability cases involving the administration of a corticosteroid venued in the United States District Court, Central District of California and San Francisco Superior Court.

  • Mr. Strotz represents GlaxoSmithKline in product liability cases in California involving claims of birth defects due to ingestion of a selective serotonin uptake inhibitor during pregnancy.

  • Mr. Strotz was on the national trial and leadership teams representing a major innovator pharmaceutical company in the defense of claims that an antipsychotic medication causes weight gain, diabetes and pancreatitis.

  • Mr. Strotz successfully defended the manufacturer of a dental anesthetic in product liability cases filed throughout the United States, including California, New York and Florida.

  • Mr. Strotz acted as California counsel representing a major innovator pharmaceutical company in the defense of multiple personal injury cases which involved claims that pain pumps which post-operatively administer an anesthetic to the shoulder joint cause chondrolysis, viz., degeneration of the shoulder joint cartilage.

  • Mr. Strotz was California trial counsel for a global brand name pharmaceutical company in a California state action brought by independent pharmacies alleging a nationwide, price-fixing conspiracy among the manufacturers of brand name prescription drugs in violation of the Cartwright Act and California’s Unfair Competition Laws.

  • Mr. Strotz successfully represented The Dow Chemical Company as the alleged successor to a manufacturer of the Salk polio vaccine. In numerous product liability actions filed by individual plaintiffs in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange counties, Mr. Strotz led a team that successfully formulated an end-game strategy resulting in the state-wide dismissals of all plaintiffs’ claims at the pleading stage.

  • Mr. Strotz also successfully represented SmartHealth Inc., as California counsel, in the defense of the latex glove product liability cases which were coordinated in San Diego County Superior Court.

Toxic Tort – Benzene

  • Mr. Strotz has represented a number of Fortune and Global 1000 companies, including AkzoNobel, D Aircraft Products, Cytec Industries, Inc., Indopco, Inc., Chevron U.S.A. Inc., in personal injury cases, involving claims of exposure to benzene, venued in Northern and Southern California.

Toxic Tort – Silica

  • Mr. Strotz led a team that represented Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Union Oil Company of California and Hewlett-Packard Company in the defense of silica-related product and premises personal injury claims filed in California state court.

Toxic Tort – Asbestos

  • For over thirty years, Mr. Strotz has handled through trial verdict asbestos product and premises liability dockets throughout the State of California on behalf of numerous companies, including Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Texaco Inc., Unocal Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, UOP LLC, The Glidden Company, American Cyanamid Company, Fiberite Inc, Flintkote, Western MacArthur, Baxter Healthcare, The Dow Chemical Company and Rhone-Poulenc. 

Toxic Tort – Agricultural Chemicals

  • Mr. Strotz acted as national counsel for the manufacturer of synthetic pyrethrin pesticides in product liability actions filed throughout the United States, including California, Michigan and Tennessee. He obtained involuntary dismissals in these cases based upon, among other issues, federal preemption and lack of medical causation.

  • Mr. Strotz was co-counsel on a trial team that obtained a defense verdict in an alleged Paraquat® exposure trial in a California state action.

  • Mr. Strotz was a member of a team that successfully defended the personal injury claims of over 400 individuals arising out of a chemical fire at the Rhone-Poulenc sulfuric acid regeneration facility in Martinez, California.

Lead Paint

  • Mr. Strotz represented American Cyanamid Company in a nuisance action being prosecuted by cities and counties throughout the State of California against the manufacturers of paint pigments seeking the abatement of lead paint from all buildings and homes within their boundaries.

MtBE

  • Mr. Strotz represented Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Union Oil Company of California as California counsel in Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (“MtBE”) cases involving claims of personal injury and groundwater contamination.

Commercial

  • Mr. Strotz represented The Glidden Company in commercial litigation relating to the sales of paint and coating products in state and federal courts in California.

  • Mr. Strotz obtained a defense verdict in favor of a specialty ink manufacturer in a commercial sales action brought by a major dried fruit packaging manufacturer in federal district court.

  • Mr. Strotz defended ICI Acrylics Inc. through trial in a commercial sales/breach of contract action brought by an acrylic skylight manufacturer.

  • Mr. Strotz successfully defended the manufacturer of food flavoring products in a commercial action filed in federal district court.

Commercial Design Claims

  • Mr. Strotz defends the interests of a process design engineering company in professional negligence claims and recently won a nonsuit on behalf of UOP LLC after a five-week jury trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

  • Mr. Strotz defended the interests of a designer of refineries and refinery units involving claims of negligent design.

  • Mr. Strotz defended a design professional against claims of professional negligence in a bench trial in San Francisco County Superior Court.

Accolades and Professional Memberships

  • 2014 and 2013 Best Lawyers in America

  • 2013 San Francisco’s Best Lawyers

  • 2013 U.S. Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Toxic Tort (Tier 1)

  • Highest AV Rating: Martindale-Hubbell

  • “Super Lawyer,” San Francisco Magazine, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013

  • American Bar Association – Environmental, Product Liability and Mass Tort sections. Alameda County Bar Association Bar Association of San Francisco

  • Defense Research Institute – Drug and Medical Device, Product Liability and Toxic Tort committees
LANGUAGES
Conversational German
Swiss-German

EDUCATION
J.D., University of San Francisco
A.B., University of California-Berkeley

ADMISSIONS
California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California