Since our formation in 1989, Foley & Mansfield has maintained a focus in toxic and mass tort litigation, representing hundreds of clients across the country – from product manufacturers and distributors to contractors and other individuals. The core of our toxic tort practice is asbestos litigation defense, an area in which we’ve earned a national reputation.

With offices from coast to coast, we serve as local, national and coordinating counsel for a number of our clients, who include manufacturers of various industrial products, heavy equipment and components, paints, primers and epoxies, wallpaper cleaners, car part cleaners, printing press roller and blanket washes, airplane industry solvents, and dry cleaning products. 

In addition to asbestos litigation, we represent those embroiled in toxic tort cases including chemical, benzene, mold, lead, silica, talc, welding rods, Fen-Phen, breast implants and Ephedra. We have served as lead trial counsel in federal MDL litigation involving pharmaceutical products. We defend clients against chemical and wastewater claims related to the various proppants and chemicals (benzene included) involved in induced hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," and defend clients against related premises claims from employees. 

Based on our strong litigation background, our national presence, and our substantial experience with defending toxic tort cases, Foley & Mansfield is able to successfully handle matters throughout the nation.

We are known for our ability to understand the complex science and medicine involved in these cases, and how to effectively present and explain complicated issues to a jury. We are recognized by our foes for our ability to attack and undercut their experts and their theories. We are experienced in developing and coordinating a client’s defense from the ground up, including creating the company’s overall strategy and tactics; developing the corporate history in order to tell the client’s story in the most favorable light; educating and preparing corporate witnesses to communicate that story to the jury and withstand cross examination; and presenting that story at trial in a manner that will resonate with a jury. 

When you seek national trial counsel, a local defense team or appellate representation, Foley & Mansfield’s nationally recognized attorneys will provide a state-of-the-art defense. The most common toxic and mass tort litigation cases in which we defend clients include:

    •  Asbestos
    •  Benzene
    •  Breast Implant
    •  Chemical
    •  Ephedra
    •  Fen-Phen
    •  Fracking chemicals and proppants
    •  Lead
    •  Manganese
    •  Mold
    •  Silica
    •  Talc
    •  Welding rods
 

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Gary D. Sharp

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