Keri Arnold is a trial attorney who has extensive experience defending product liability and mass actions. She has served as trial counsel for major pharmaceutical, tobacco and energy companies in both state and federal court. Currently, Ms. Arnold is representing a leading tobacco company in connection with thousands of personal injury cases filed in Florida following the aftermath of the decertification of a class action and is currently serving as first chair trial counsel in a pending individual action.   Ms. Arnold played a leading role in the management and discovery of the first group of these cases set for trial in federal court and the reduction of the federal court docket from several thousand to just a few hundred cases through motions practice and aggressive discovery strategies. Recently, Ms. Arnold served as trial counsel for a major oil company in a mass action filed by gas station and convenience store franchisees asserting claims regarding wholesale gasoline pricing and third-party vendor selection.  Ms. Arnold also has extensive experience dealing with complex medical and scientific issues. She has taken the depositions of hundreds of expert and treating physicians, and has prepared and presented prominent physicians in a number of specialties for testimony in federal and state court trials.

Experience

  • Represented global energy company as trial counsel in franchisee class action litigation asserting contract, unfair competition and antitrust claims
  • Represented major tobacco company as trial counsel in Berger v. Philip Morris USA (U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, September 2014), an individual consumer products personal injury case.
  • Represented major tobacco company as trial counsel in Naugle v. Philip Morris USA et al. (Florida Circuit Court of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, October 2013), an individual consumer products personal injury damages-only retrial.
  • Represented major tobacco company as trial counsel in Dombey v. Philip Morris USA et al. (Florida Circuit Court of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, August 2012), an individual consumer products wrongful death case.
  • Represented major tobacco company as trial counsel in Lock, et al. v. Philip Morris USA et al. (Florida Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, October 2012), an individual consumer products personal injury case.
  • Represented major pharmaceutical company as trial counsel in Daniel, et al. v.Wyeth (Phila. Cty. Ct. Com. Pleas, January 2007), an individual product liability case involving hormone therapy.
  • Represented major pharmaceutical company in discovery concerning the litigation-driven medical screenings in the diet drug (fen-phen) litigation

Perspectives

Drug Product Liability at the Crossroads, in Cohen er al.

Book chapter, The Oxford Handbook of American Health Law

The Learned Intermediary Doctrine: A Historical Review

Product Liability Law360. Also ran in Life Sciences Law360.

Managing Mass Torts: Less is Definitely More
Arnold & Porter Webcast
Using a Plaintiff's Prior Bankruptcy Favourably in a Product Liability Action

International Law Office's Product Liability Newsletter

Using Plaintiff's Bankruptcy in a Product Liability Action

Product Liability Law360, also ran in Bankruptcy Law360

Recognition

The Legal 500 US 2015 for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Consumer Products (including tobacco)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of Colorado School of Law, 1999, Order of the Coif
  • BA, Biology and Music, University of Colorado, 1995, summa cum laude
Admissions
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • US District Court for the District of Colorado
  • US District Court for the Middle District of Florida
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