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 and wrongful death cases filed in Florida following the aftermath of the decertification of a class action. Ms. Arnold has served as first and second chair trial counsel in a number of these individual actions. Ms. Arnold also 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

  • Major tobacco company as trial counsel in Pardue v. Philip Morris USA et al. (Florida Circuit Court of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, December 2016), an individual consumer products wrongful death case (first chair).
  • Major tobacco company as trial counsel in Ahrens v. Philip Morris USA (Florida Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, February 2016), an individual consumer products wrongful death case (first chair).
  • Global energy company as trial counsel in franchisee class action litigation asserting contract, unfair competition and antitrust claims (Superior Court, Los Angeles County, Summer 2015) (second chair).
  • 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 (second chair, but split closing in the first phase of trial and delivered the entire closing in the punitive damages phase).
  • 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 (second chair).
  • 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 (second chair).
  • 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 (second chair).
  • 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 (second chair).

Perspectives

Trial Pros: Arnold & Porter's Keri Arnold (pdf)
Class Action Law360, New York Law360, Product Liability Law360, and Trials Law360
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 (pdf)

Product Liability Law360. Also ran in Life Sciences Law360.

Recognition

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

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of Colorado Law School, 1999, Order of the Coif
  • BA, Biology and Music, University of Colorado, 1995, summa cum laude
Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Florida
  • 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, District of Colorado
  • US District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • US District Court, Southern District of Florida
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