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John Ewald is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who focuses on product liability and toxic tort cases for clients in the consumer product, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries, among others. He serves as trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in lawsuits alleging its talcum powder products cause mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, with a 2018 success named one of the “Top Product Liability Cases of 2018” by Law360, and a 2019 success deemed one of the "Top Defense Verdicts of 2019" by The Daily Journal.

John serves as trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in its talcum powder litigation and also works on developing and coordinating the company's national scientific and medical defense in that litigation.

Most recently, in October 2019, he served as lead trial counsel for the company in a suit seeking at least $25 million that alleged Johnson & Johnson’s talc products caused the plaintiff’s mesothelioma. After a five-week trial, a Los Angeles state court jury rejected all of the plaintiffs’ claims and returned a complete defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson.

John also served as trial counsel in November 2018 for Johnson & Johnson in South Carolina state court where a jury reached a second mistrial in a case that sought $63 million in compensatory damages against the company for allegedly causing the plaintiff's fatal mesothelioma. This success received the Law360 citation as one of the “Top Product Liability Cases of 2018.”

John is an active participant in pro bono matters, including representing a Guantanamo Bay detainee before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. As counsel of record, John drafted the briefs and argued the case in the D.C. Circuit. Awad v. Obama, 608 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir.  2010).

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Credentials

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, high honors, Order of the Coif

B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, high honors

New York

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

New York State Bar Association

Phi Beta Kappa

Recognized for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Toxic Tort – Defense


Legal 500, 2018-2019

Recognized as a “Rising Star” for Class Action and Mass Torts


New York Super Lawyers, 2013-2019

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Recognition

Recognized for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Toxic Tort – Defense


Legal 500, 2018-2019

Recognized as a “Rising Star” for Class Action and Mass Torts


New York Super Lawyers, 2013-2019

Matters

Lead counsel for team that successfully defeated class certification on behalf of The Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide Corporation in West Virginia federal court. Plaintiffs sought certification of a putative class of more than 8,000 individuals allegedly exposed to substances emitted from a metals plant formerly owned by Union Carbide.

Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company in successfully obtaining the complete dismissal of a mass tort case before the West Virginia Mass Litigation Panel.

Lead counsel for the largest lead/zinc smelter in North America in successfully obtaining dismissal of class action litigation for environmental personal injuries.

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Lead counsel for team that successfully defeated class certification on behalf of The Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide Corporation in West Virginia federal court. Plaintiffs sought certification of a putative class of more than 8,000 individuals allegedly exposed to substances emitted from a metals plant formerly owned by Union Carbide.

Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company in successfully obtaining the complete dismissal of a mass tort case before the West Virginia Mass Litigation Panel.

Lead counsel for the largest lead/zinc smelter in North America in successfully obtaining dismissal of class action litigation for environmental personal injuries.

Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide in property damage and groundwater contamination cases.

Trial counsel for DISH Network in telemarketing-related litigation in the Central District of Illinois and Middle District of North Carolina.

Matters

Lead counsel for team that successfully defeated class certification on behalf of The Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide Corporation in West Virginia federal court. Plaintiffs sought certification of a putative class of more than 8,000 individuals allegedly exposed to substances emitted from a metals plant formerly owned by Union Carbide.

Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company in successfully obtaining the complete dismissal of a mass tort case before the West Virginia Mass Litigation Panel.

Lead counsel for the largest lead/zinc smelter in North America in successfully obtaining dismissal of class action litigation for environmental personal injuries.

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Matters

Lead counsel for team that successfully defeated class certification on behalf of The Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide Corporation in West Virginia federal court. Plaintiffs sought certification of a putative class of more than 8,000 individuals allegedly exposed to substances emitted from a metals plant formerly owned by Union Carbide.

Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company in successfully obtaining the complete dismissal of a mass tort case before the West Virginia Mass Litigation Panel.

Lead counsel for the largest lead/zinc smelter in North America in successfully obtaining dismissal of class action litigation for environmental personal injuries.

Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide in property damage and groundwater contamination cases.

Trial counsel for DISH Network in telemarketing-related litigation in the Central District of Illinois and Middle District of North Carolina.

Credentials

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, high honors, Order of the Coif

B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, high honors

New York

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

New York State Bar Association

Phi Beta Kappa

Recognized for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Toxic Tort – Defense


Legal 500, 2018-2019

Recognized as a “Rising Star” for Class Action and Mass Torts


New York Super Lawyers, 2013-2019

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Recognition

Recognized for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Toxic Tort – Defense


Legal 500, 2018-2019

Recognized as a “Rising Star” for Class Action and Mass Torts


New York Super Lawyers, 2013-2019