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Kevin Hynes is a trial attorney who focuses on complex, high profile, and high risk mass tort and product liability disputes for clients in the consumer product, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. He is known for his ability to communicate difficult scientific and medical concepts in clear and comprehensible terms.  Over the course of his career, Kevin has tried and won cases for clients including The Dow Chemical Company and Johnson & Johnson in some of the most difficult jurisdictions in the United States. 

In addition to Kevin's work as trial counsel, he also serves as national coordinating counsel in several matters, including for the Dow Chemical Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Union Carbide, in relation to its substantial asbestos docket as well as for Johnson & Johnson in its high-profile talc docket in which the company faces allegations that its talcum powder products cause cancer.  In each matter, Kevin directs case work up and strategy at all stages of litigation, with a particular focus on developing and coordinating scientific and medical defenses.  Given his extensive experience in this area, Kevin understands the risks posed to companies involved in such disputes and can efficiently and carefully guide his clients towards the best possible results.

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J.D., Boston University School of Law, magna cum laude

M.A., Boston College

B.A., Boston College

New York

Spanish

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National Coordinating Counsel to Union Carbide (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company) for its historic asbestos docket that comprises over 7,500 new matters each year. Kevin leads the development and coordination of national strategy, with a particular focus on scientific and expert related issues. Kevin also serves as trial counsel in some of the company's highest stakes cases each year.

Co-lead counsel to Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide in multiple actions currently pending in federal district courts in Louisiana alleging that long time exposure to ethylene oxide (EtO) caused breast cancer and other carcinomas in nearby communities.

Co-lead counsel for Union Carbide in a pair of putative class actions filed in West Virginia seeking medical monitoring for alleged future harm due to exposure to ethylene oxide (EtO).

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National Coordinating Counsel to Union Carbide (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company) for its historic asbestos docket that comprises over 7,500 new matters each year. Kevin leads the development and coordination of national strategy, with a particular focus on scientific and expert related issues. Kevin also serves as trial counsel in some of the company's highest stakes cases each year.

Co-lead counsel to Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide in multiple actions currently pending in federal district courts in Louisiana alleging that long time exposure to ethylene oxide (EtO) caused breast cancer and other carcinomas in nearby communities.

Co-lead counsel for Union Carbide in a pair of putative class actions filed in West Virginia seeking medical monitoring for alleged future harm due to exposure to ethylene oxide (EtO).

National Coordinating Counsel and Trial Counsel to Johnson & Johnson in high-profile talc litigation in which the company faces allegations that its talcum powder products cause mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Kevin was a member of several successful trial teams that obtained defense verdicts in such matters, including the very first trial against Johnson & Johnson in which plaintiffs alleged that purported asbestos contamination in Johnson & Johnson’s cosmetic talc products caused plaintiff’s mesothelioma (Herford v. AT&T Corp., et al., Super. Ct. Cal., L.A. Cnty., Case No. BC646315).

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In the News · Source: Law360, Global Competition Review, Bloomberg Law, New York Law Journal, Law.com International, Global Arbitration Review, Daily Journal, The Deal, Intellectual Property Magazine, World Trademark Review, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Global Investigations Review, Le Monde du Droit, La Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires, Daily Report, The Oath, Houston Business Journal, The Texas Lawbook and Chicago Daily Bulletin

December 3, 2021
K&S elects 32 new partners and promotes 16 counsel across 16 cities

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Matters

National Coordinating Counsel to Union Carbide (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company) for its historic asbestos docket that comprises over 7,500 new matters each year. Kevin leads the development and coordination of national strategy, with a particular focus on scientific and expert related issues. Kevin also serves as trial counsel in some of the company's highest stakes cases each year.

Co-lead counsel to Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide in multiple actions currently pending in federal district courts in Louisiana alleging that long time exposure to ethylene oxide (EtO) caused breast cancer and other carcinomas in nearby communities.

Co-lead counsel for Union Carbide in a pair of putative class actions filed in West Virginia seeking medical monitoring for alleged future harm due to exposure to ethylene oxide (EtO).

See more
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Matters

National Coordinating Counsel to Union Carbide (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company) for its historic asbestos docket that comprises over 7,500 new matters each year. Kevin leads the development and coordination of national strategy, with a particular focus on scientific and expert related issues. Kevin also serves as trial counsel in some of the company's highest stakes cases each year.

Co-lead counsel to Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide in multiple actions currently pending in federal district courts in Louisiana alleging that long time exposure to ethylene oxide (EtO) caused breast cancer and other carcinomas in nearby communities.

Co-lead counsel for Union Carbide in a pair of putative class actions filed in West Virginia seeking medical monitoring for alleged future harm due to exposure to ethylene oxide (EtO).

National Coordinating Counsel and Trial Counsel to Johnson & Johnson in high-profile talc litigation in which the company faces allegations that its talcum powder products cause mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Kevin was a member of several successful trial teams that obtained defense verdicts in such matters, including the very first trial against Johnson & Johnson in which plaintiffs alleged that purported asbestos contamination in Johnson & Johnson’s cosmetic talc products caused plaintiff’s mesothelioma (Herford v. AT&T Corp., et al., Super. Ct. Cal., L.A. Cnty., Case No. BC646315).

News

In the News · Source: Law360, Global Competition Review, Bloomberg Law, New York Law Journal, Law.com International, Global Arbitration Review, Daily Journal, The Deal, Intellectual Property Magazine, World Trademark Review, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Global Investigations Review, Le Monde du Droit, La Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires, Daily Report, The Oath, Houston Business Journal, The Texas Lawbook and Chicago Daily Bulletin

December 3, 2021
K&S elects 32 new partners and promotes 16 counsel across 16 cities

View all

Credentials

J.D., Boston University School of Law, magna cum laude

M.A., Boston College

B.A., Boston College

New York

Spanish