Thompson Hine Expands Product Liability Practice Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fern Phillips O'Brian has joined the Washington office of the law firm Thompson Hine LLP. A partner in the firm's Product Liability practice group, O'Brian focuses her practice on health effects litigation and counseling companies on regulatory matters involving product liability and toxic torts.

She also represents emerging technology companies and research organizations, including those developing and commercializing nanotechnology-enabled products. She has litigated numerous cases involving medical and pharmaceutical products, consumer products, environmental exposures to heavy metals, chemicals and tobacco, among others. She is a frequent author and speaker on product liability and mass tort issues such as class actions, admissibility of expert evidence and product liability prevention.

She was formerly with Arnold & Porter LLP, and served as the head of their London office until returning to Washington in 2003. Before that, she served as a law clerk to former Circuit Judge Kenneth W. Starr of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

O'Brian earned her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University and her B.A., with highest honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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