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Robert Friedman specializes in defending leading companies in product liability, mass tort and cases. Robert's diverse litigation and trial practice focuses on the pharmaceutical, energy and automotive industries.

Robert represents pharmaceutical, automotive and energy companies in high-exposure cases, often including “bet-the-company” litigation involving flagship brands. He helps clients to respond to congressional and other government inquiries, and actively litigates personal injury cases in the country’s most challenging jurisdictions.

For more than 15 years, Robert has represented GlaxoSmithKline in conjunction with its antidepressant medication, Paxil, and participated in numerous successful trials. He is also lead counsel for Shell Oil Company in suits and government investigations in more than 20 states, most brought by State AGs, over Shell’s recovery of money from state trust funds for cleaning up environmental contamination at its former service stations.

Robert has particular knowledge of electronic discovery. As a member of our E-Discovery Practice Group, he regularly advises clients on E-Discovery issues, including both litigation preparedness and discovery strategy in active litigation.

Robert speaks and writes frequently on a variety of litigation-related topics. He has been listed by Law 360 as a “Rising Star” among America’s top legal talent under age 40 and was identified as a "Rising Star" by Product Liability 360.

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Credentials

J.D., Georgetown University, cum laude

B.S.E., University of Pennsylvania

Georgia

State Bar of Georgia

Named a Rising Star, one of five lawyers nationwide


Product Liability 360, 2011

Recognized as a Georgia "Rising Star"


Law 360, 2010–2013

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Named a Rising Star, one of five lawyers nationwide


Product Liability 360, 2011

Recognized as a Georgia "Rising Star"


Law 360, 2010–2013

Matters

Successfully argued motion to dismiss resulting in complete dismissal of Illinois False Claims Act case against Shell Oil Company.

Member of trial team in Rader v. GlaxoSmithKline, a 2016 trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas that ended with judgment as a matter of law at the close of the plaintiff.

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Successfully argued motion to dismiss resulting in complete dismissal of Illinois False Claims Act case against Shell Oil Company.

Member of trial team in Rader v. GlaxoSmithKline, a 2016 trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas that ended with judgment as a matter of law at the close of the plaintiff.

Matters

Successfully argued motion to dismiss resulting in complete dismissal of Illinois False Claims Act case against Shell Oil Company.

Member of trial team in Rader v. GlaxoSmithKline, a 2016 trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas that ended with judgment as a matter of law at the close of the plaintiff.

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Matters

Successfully argued motion to dismiss resulting in complete dismissal of Illinois False Claims Act case against Shell Oil Company.

Member of trial team in Rader v. GlaxoSmithKline, a 2016 trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas that ended with judgment as a matter of law at the close of the plaintiff.

Credentials

J.D., Georgetown University, cum laude

B.S.E., University of Pennsylvania

Georgia

State Bar of Georgia

Named a Rising Star, one of five lawyers nationwide


Product Liability 360, 2011

Recognized as a Georgia "Rising Star"


Law 360, 2010–2013

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Recognition

Named a Rising Star, one of five lawyers nationwide


Product Liability 360, 2011

Recognized as a Georgia "Rising Star"


Law 360, 2010–2013