Peter Grossi is a retired partner at the firm. For more than a decade, Mr. Grossi served as National Counsel for Wyeth in its Diet Drug litigations. After obtaining the first defense verdict in a Diet Drug jury trial, he thereafter tried 12 more cases to successful conclusions, and was the senior supervising attorney of teams in 40 other trials. Before and since his Diet Drug work, he defended a number of other pharmaceutical companies, as well as those in other industries, in product liability cases. He also had significant trial experience in other practice areas focusing on scientific issues such as antitrust, false advertising, and patents.
He has been widely recognized by Chambers USA and other publications as "the senior statesman of the national products liability bar" and "one of the best product liability lawyers in the industry's history."
Mr. Grossi is currently on the law school faculties of Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Columbia, and Yale University where he teaches product liability courses. He has also spoken on various trial practice and product liability issues to national meetings of the Defense Research Institute, the AEI-Brookings Judicial Education Program, and various sections of the ABA.
Mr. Grossi served as a member of the ABA Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System and was the co-author of their report, Crisis in the Courts (2011). He was also a Special Advisor to the ABA's Standing Committee on Judicial Independence.
Mr. Grossi maintains an active pro bono practice with the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. In 2016 he received the Committee's Outstanding Achievement Award for Disability Law. In 2017, Mr. Grossi received the Daniel Gribbon Award at the DC Circuit Judicial Conference for the outstanding pro bono representation in the US District Court for the District of Columbia for a lawsuit in which he obtained one of the largest jury awards for pregnancy-based discrimination. In 2018, he was one of four finalists for the "Trial Lawyer of the Year" awarded by Public Interest for his work representing plaintiffs seeking health benefits for same sex spouses in Cote v. Walmart.
- JD, Yale Law School, 1973
- MA, Trinity College, 1969
- BA, Trinity College, 1969
- District of Columbia
- United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, The Honorable J. Joseph Smith