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Peter A. Strotz is a senior litigation partner, the founding and managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles, California office and seasoned trial lawyer in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He practices in the 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 to present, Mr. Strotz was 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 Toxix Tort and Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices categories.

Peter’s 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.

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Credentials

A.B., University of California-Berkeley

J.D., University of San Francisco

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

California

State Bar of California

Bar Association of San Francisco

USF Inns of Court

Swiss American Chamber of Commerce

International Association of Defense Counsel

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)

Association of Defense Counsel

German

Best Lawyers in America


2013 – 2017

San Francisco’s Best Lawyers


2013

Recommended Lawyer for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Toxic Tort (Tier 1)


U.S. Legal 500 , 2013. 2015 and 2016

Highest AV Rating


Martindale-Hubbell

Super Lawyer


San Francisco Magazine, 2004–2006, 2011–2013

Matters

Pharmaceutical

Is national coordinating counsel for a major innovator pharmaceutical company in the defense of hundreds of claims that treatment with a widely prescribed branded statin causes diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and liver and kidney problems.

Was California counsel for a major pharmaceutical company in the defense of product liability litigation involving a branded proton pump inhibitor.

Represents GlaxoSmithKline in product liability cases in California involving claims of birth defects.

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Pharmaceutical

Is national coordinating counsel for a major innovator pharmaceutical company in the defense of hundreds of claims that treatment with a widely prescribed branded statin causes diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and liver and kidney problems.

Was California counsel for a major pharmaceutical company in the defense of product liability litigation involving a branded proton pump inhibitor.

Represents GlaxoSmithKline in product liability cases in California involving claims of birth defects.

Defending a global pharmaceutical company in product liability cases involving the administration of a corticosteroid.

Peter 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.

Defended successfully the manufacturer of a dental anesthetic in product liability cases filed throughout the U.S.

California counsel representing a major innovator pharmaceutical company in the defense of multiple personal injury cases which involved claims that pain pumps cause degeneration of shoulder joint cartilage.

California trial counsel for a global brand name pharmaceutical company in an action brought by independent pharmacies alleging a nationwide, price-fixing conspiracy among the manufacturers of brand name prescription drugs.

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

Represented SmartHealth Inc., in the defense of the latex glove product liability cases.

Toxic Tort – Benzene

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

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

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, for a period of over 25 years. He recently obtained a defense verdict for Fiberite after a seven-week jury trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court where plaintiff claimed he developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to a Fiberite molding compound.

Toxic Tort – Agricultural Chemicals

Acted as national counsel for the manufacturer of synthetic pyrethrin pesticides in product liability actions filed throughout the United States.

Co-counsel on a trial team that obtained a defense verdict in an alleged Paraquat® exposure trial in a California state action.

Member of a team that successfully defended the personal injury claims of over 400 individuals arising out of a chemical fire at a sulfuric acid regeneration facility in Martinez, California. Lead Paint.

Represented American Cyanamid Company in an action being prosecuted by cities and counties throughout the State of California against the manufacturers of paint pigments alleging that presence of lead in paint in commercial and residential buildings constituted a public nuisance. MtBE.

Represented Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Union Oil Company of California in Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MtBE) cases involving claims of personal injury and groundwater contamination. Commercial.

Represented a paint company in commercial litigation relating to the sales of paint and coating products in state and federal courts in California.

Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a specialty ink manufacturer in a commercial sales action.

Defended successfully the manufacturer of food flavoring products in a commercial action filed in federal district court. Commercial Design Claims.

Defending a process design engineering company in professional negligence claims and recently won a nonsuit after a five-week jury trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Matters

Pharmaceutical

Is national coordinating counsel for a major innovator pharmaceutical company in the defense of hundreds of claims that treatment with a widely prescribed branded statin causes diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and liver and kidney problems.

Was California counsel for a major pharmaceutical company in the defense of product liability litigation involving a branded proton pump inhibitor.

Represents GlaxoSmithKline in product liability cases in California involving claims of birth defects.

See more
Icon close

Close

Matters

Pharmaceutical

Is national coordinating counsel for a major innovator pharmaceutical company in the defense of hundreds of claims that treatment with a widely prescribed branded statin causes diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and liver and kidney problems.

Was California counsel for a major pharmaceutical company in the defense of product liability litigation involving a branded proton pump inhibitor.

Represents GlaxoSmithKline in product liability cases in California involving claims of birth defects.

Defending a global pharmaceutical company in product liability cases involving the administration of a corticosteroid.

Peter 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.

Defended successfully the manufacturer of a dental anesthetic in product liability cases filed throughout the U.S.

California counsel representing a major innovator pharmaceutical company in the defense of multiple personal injury cases which involved claims that pain pumps cause degeneration of shoulder joint cartilage.

California trial counsel for a global brand name pharmaceutical company in an action brought by independent pharmacies alleging a nationwide, price-fixing conspiracy among the manufacturers of brand name prescription drugs.

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

Represented SmartHealth Inc., in the defense of the latex glove product liability cases.

Toxic Tort – Benzene

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

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

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, for a period of over 25 years. He recently obtained a defense verdict for Fiberite after a seven-week jury trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court where plaintiff claimed he developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to a Fiberite molding compound.

Toxic Tort – Agricultural Chemicals

Acted as national counsel for the manufacturer of synthetic pyrethrin pesticides in product liability actions filed throughout the United States.

Co-counsel on a trial team that obtained a defense verdict in an alleged Paraquat® exposure trial in a California state action.

Member of a team that successfully defended the personal injury claims of over 400 individuals arising out of a chemical fire at a sulfuric acid regeneration facility in Martinez, California. Lead Paint.

Represented American Cyanamid Company in an action being prosecuted by cities and counties throughout the State of California against the manufacturers of paint pigments alleging that presence of lead in paint in commercial and residential buildings constituted a public nuisance. MtBE.

Represented Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Union Oil Company of California in Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MtBE) cases involving claims of personal injury and groundwater contamination. Commercial.

Represented a paint company in commercial litigation relating to the sales of paint and coating products in state and federal courts in California.

Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a specialty ink manufacturer in a commercial sales action.

Defended successfully the manufacturer of food flavoring products in a commercial action filed in federal district court. Commercial Design Claims.

Defending a process design engineering company in professional negligence claims and recently won a nonsuit after a five-week jury trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Credentials

A.B., University of California-Berkeley

J.D., University of San Francisco

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

California

State Bar of California

Bar Association of San Francisco

USF Inns of Court

Swiss American Chamber of Commerce

International Association of Defense Counsel

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)

Association of Defense Counsel

German

Best Lawyers in America


2013 – 2017

San Francisco’s Best Lawyers


2013

Recommended Lawyer for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Toxic Tort (Tier 1)


U.S. Legal 500 , 2013. 2015 and 2016

Highest AV Rating


Martindale-Hubbell

Super Lawyer


San Francisco Magazine, 2004–2006, 2011–2013