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Geoffrey Drake, a partner in our Trial and Global Disputes Practice and Co-Chair of our Pharmaceutical/Medical Device Litigation Team, represents companies in the life sciences, automotive, energy and technology sectors in high-profile product liability and mass tort litigation. He has extensive experience litigating all phases of individual, multidistrict and class action cases, and has an active trial practice, having represented clients in several recent high-stakes trials. He also has significant experience with legal project management, having helped structure, lead, and manage several large, cross-practice, cross-office matters, including to design and implement sophisticated budgets and alternative billing arrangements and manage the organization, workflow, and staffing plans to deliver the client exceptional and efficient services.

An experienced litigator, Geoffrey represents clients in nationwide, high-exposure product liability, mass tort, class action, toxic tort and whistleblower litigation, along with internal and government investigations. He litigates all phases of cases in federal and state courts nationwide, including in the most challenging jurisdictions for corporate clients. From the start, Geoffrey handles each matter with a view toward trial, considering how to communicate effectively to a jury a host of complex scientific, technical and regulatory issues. In addition to litigation, he advises manufacturers on issues such as risk assessment, liability avoidance, product labeling, government regulation and indemnification. Geoffrey is Co-Chair of our Pharmaceutical/Medical Device Litigation Team and recently co-authored the leading treatise, Drug and Device Product Liability Litigation Strategy, 2nd Edition (Oxford Univ. Press). Geoffrey also has an active automotive litigation practice and co-directs our Autonomous and Connected Vehicles initiative, a cross-practice effort focused on the challenges and opportunities presented by automated-vehicle technologies, including regulatory, insurance and liability questions, as well as privacy and cybersecurity concerns. Geoffrey was recently selected by Law360 to serve on its Product Liability editorial advisory board. In 2016, Law360 listed Geoffrey as a “Rising Star” in product liability litigation, recognizing him as among top legal talent under the age of 40. He has been named to the Benchmark Litigation "40 & Under Hot List” for three consecutive years, was named by Benchmark Litigation as a "Future Star" in 2018, was named in 2018 to the Daily Report’s “On the Rise” list of attorneys under the age of 40 who are expected to go far in the field, and has for seven consecutive years been recognized as a “Georgia Super Lawyer – Rising Star” in product liability defense by Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine. Geoffrey also served as a member of the inaugural Next Generation Advisory Board for Emory University's Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims.

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Credentials

J.D., Vanderbilt University

B.A., University of Virginia

Georgia

Supreme Court of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Named to "On the Rise" list


Daily Report, 2018

Named to Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board


Law360, 2018

Named Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2018

Named to Under 40 Hot List


Benchmark Litigation, 2016-2018

Named a Rising Star in Product Liability Litigation


Law360, 2016

Appointed to Next Generation Advisory Board


Emory University's Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims, 2016

Named a Georgia Super Lawyer - Rising Star


Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine, 2013–2019

Graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy


2012

Order of the Coif


Vanderbilt University Law School, 2005

Best Oralist Award


Vanderbilt University Law School Intramural Moot Coot Competition, 2004

Executive Development Editor


Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 2005

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Recognition

Named to "On the Rise" list


Daily Report, 2018

Named to Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board


Law360, 2018

Named Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2018

Named to Under 40 Hot List


Benchmark Litigation, 2016-2018

Named a Rising Star in Product Liability Litigation


Law360, 2016

Appointed to Next Generation Advisory Board


Emory University's Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims, 2016

Named a Georgia Super Lawyer - Rising Star


Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine, 2013–2019

Graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy


2012

Order of the Coif


Vanderbilt University Law School, 2005

Best Oralist Award


Vanderbilt University Law School Intramural Moot Coot Competition, 2004

Executive Development Editor


Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 2005

Matters

Represented Merck in multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving allegations of injuries from use of the company’s osteoporosis medication, including in three bellwether trials in two different MDLs. In Glynn v. Merck, the jury returned a complete defense verdict, after which the court granted judgment based on federal preemption.

Serving as one of a core group of partners leading the national coordinating and trial counsel team representing GlaxoSmithKline in nationwide litigation concerning allegations of injuries from use of the company’s antidepressant.

Co-led team representing a leading U.S. automobile manufacturer in hundreds of consumer-fraud cases in California.

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Represented Merck in multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving allegations of injuries from use of the company’s osteoporosis medication, including in three bellwether trials in two different MDLs. In Glynn v. Merck, the jury returned a complete defense verdict, after which the court granted judgment based on federal preemption.

Serving as one of a core group of partners leading the national coordinating and trial counsel team representing GlaxoSmithKline in nationwide litigation concerning allegations of injuries from use of the company’s antidepressant.

Co-led team representing a leading U.S. automobile manufacturer in hundreds of consumer-fraud cases in California.

Representing Coloplast in nationwide product liability litigation relating to injuries allegedly caused by the company’s female pelvic mesh devices.

Serving as national litigation counsel for Viking Group, Inc., a leading manufacturer fire suppression equipment.

Represented Purdue Pharma in an action filed by the Kentucky Attorney General seeking Medicaid-related costs and other damages allegedly caused by the company’s marketing and promotion of its prescription pain medication.

Representing Kimberly-Clark and Halyard Health in a class action lawsuit concerning the design, labeling and advertising of a Class II medical device; obtained dismissal of Halyard Health in parallel qui tam suit brought under the Federal False Claims Act.

Represented a leading automobile manufacturer in connection with government investigations and multi-jurisdictional civil litigation relating to a series of high-profile vehicle recalls.

Represented DaVita Healthcare Partners in a qui tam case brought under the federal False Claims Act claiming improper billing of Medicare for unnecessary wastage of two medications used to treat dialysis patients.

Represented the owner of petroleum pipeline terminals in federal MDL proceedings in an action filed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General involving claims of groundwater contamination from MTBE-containing gasoline.

Represented Lincoln Electric Company and other manufacturers in cases involving claims from exposure to manganese fumes from welding rods, and serving as national discovery counsel in the litigation for Eutectic Corporation.

Represented Cooper Industries, the successor of a former operator of a Superfund site, in litigation involving allegations of a variety of personal injuries from PCB exposure.

Represented Phillips Services Corp. in a class action lawsuit involving nuisance allegations arising from the release of odors from a wastewater treatment facility.

Matters

Represented Merck in multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving allegations of injuries from use of the company’s osteoporosis medication, including in three bellwether trials in two different MDLs. In Glynn v. Merck, the jury returned a complete defense verdict, after which the court granted judgment based on federal preemption.

Serving as one of a core group of partners leading the national coordinating and trial counsel team representing GlaxoSmithKline in nationwide litigation concerning allegations of injuries from use of the company’s antidepressant.

Co-led team representing a leading U.S. automobile manufacturer in hundreds of consumer-fraud cases in California.

See more
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Matters

Represented Merck in multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving allegations of injuries from use of the company’s osteoporosis medication, including in three bellwether trials in two different MDLs. In Glynn v. Merck, the jury returned a complete defense verdict, after which the court granted judgment based on federal preemption.

Serving as one of a core group of partners leading the national coordinating and trial counsel team representing GlaxoSmithKline in nationwide litigation concerning allegations of injuries from use of the company’s antidepressant.

Co-led team representing a leading U.S. automobile manufacturer in hundreds of consumer-fraud cases in California.

Representing Coloplast in nationwide product liability litigation relating to injuries allegedly caused by the company’s female pelvic mesh devices.

Serving as national litigation counsel for Viking Group, Inc., a leading manufacturer fire suppression equipment.

Represented Purdue Pharma in an action filed by the Kentucky Attorney General seeking Medicaid-related costs and other damages allegedly caused by the company’s marketing and promotion of its prescription pain medication.

Representing Kimberly-Clark and Halyard Health in a class action lawsuit concerning the design, labeling and advertising of a Class II medical device; obtained dismissal of Halyard Health in parallel qui tam suit brought under the Federal False Claims Act.

Represented a leading automobile manufacturer in connection with government investigations and multi-jurisdictional civil litigation relating to a series of high-profile vehicle recalls.

Represented DaVita Healthcare Partners in a qui tam case brought under the federal False Claims Act claiming improper billing of Medicare for unnecessary wastage of two medications used to treat dialysis patients.

Represented the owner of petroleum pipeline terminals in federal MDL proceedings in an action filed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General involving claims of groundwater contamination from MTBE-containing gasoline.

Represented Lincoln Electric Company and other manufacturers in cases involving claims from exposure to manganese fumes from welding rods, and serving as national discovery counsel in the litigation for Eutectic Corporation.

Represented Cooper Industries, the successor of a former operator of a Superfund site, in litigation involving allegations of a variety of personal injuries from PCB exposure.

Represented Phillips Services Corp. in a class action lawsuit involving nuisance allegations arising from the release of odors from a wastewater treatment facility.

Credentials

J.D., Vanderbilt University

B.A., University of Virginia

Georgia

Supreme Court of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Named to "On the Rise" list


Daily Report, 2018

Named to Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board


Law360, 2018

Named Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2018

Named to Under 40 Hot List


Benchmark Litigation, 2016-2018

Named a Rising Star in Product Liability Litigation


Law360, 2016

Appointed to Next Generation Advisory Board


Emory University's Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims, 2016

Named a Georgia Super Lawyer - Rising Star


Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine, 2013–2019

Graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy


2012

Order of the Coif


Vanderbilt University Law School, 2005

Best Oralist Award


Vanderbilt University Law School Intramural Moot Coot Competition, 2004

Executive Development Editor


Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 2005

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Recognition

Named to "On the Rise" list


Daily Report, 2018

Named to Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board


Law360, 2018

Named Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2018

Named to Under 40 Hot List


Benchmark Litigation, 2016-2018

Named a Rising Star in Product Liability Litigation


Law360, 2016

Appointed to Next Generation Advisory Board


Emory University's Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims, 2016

Named a Georgia Super Lawyer - Rising Star


Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine, 2013–2019

Graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy


2012

Order of the Coif


Vanderbilt University Law School, 2005

Best Oralist Award


Vanderbilt University Law School Intramural Moot Coot Competition, 2004

Executive Development Editor


Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 2005