Broadcast Date: Monday, June 07, 2021
from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)


The number of toxic tort claims has aggressively increased over the past years, prompting several regulatory revamps. In this complex area of law, businesses and their counsel must keep themselves abreast of emerging developments that continue to transpire. Having an in-depth understanding of the tort litigation procedures and case strategies is essential to avoid drawbacks.

In this CLE webcast, toxic tort attorneys Timothy Krippner (Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.) and Michele C. Barnes (K&L Gates LLP) will provide the audience with a comprehensive discussion of toxic tort litigation. Speakers will also present emerging trends and developments and offer the best tort litigation practices to successfully win this type of lawsuit in an evolving legal climate.

In a LIVE Webcast, the speakers will discuss:

  • Toxic Tort Litigation: An Overview
  • Trends and Statistics
  • Notable Cases and Court Rulings
  • Red Flags
  • Risk Mitigation Strategies
  • Best Tort Litigation Tools and Techniques


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of toxic tort litigation


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credits:

1.5 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Timothy Krippner, Shareholder
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.

Timothy L. Krippner represents dozens of manufacturers in product liability and toxic tort matters throughout the United States. His current responsibilities include retention as trial, local, regional and national coordinating counsel. Mr. Krippner also has considerable experience defending general product liability, professional liability, medical malpractice and construction matters. At Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Mr. Krippner served on the firm’s Executive, Marketing and Budget Committees during a period of growth from one local office, to offices in Chicago, Austin, Detroit, Jersey City, New York, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.

Michele C. Barnes, Partner
K&L Gates LLP

Michele Barnes is a seasoned trial attorney who is a member of the K&L Gates complex commercial litigation and disputes practice group.  In addition to trying cases throughout California and the Western United States, Michele has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeals.

Michele represents manufacturers and suppliers of industrial and commercial products in a variety of business and product liability disputes, and counsels companies on risk management best practices.

Michele graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1996 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1993.



Timothy KrippnerShareholder

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.

  • The History and Meaning of Toxic Tort Litigation
  • The Initial Phase:  Identifying Risk; Development and Implementation of Strategy
  • Establish Continuity of Defense Strategy
  • The Big Close: Execution of Exit Strategy
  • Current Trends in Long Tail Toxic Tort Risk Management


Michele C. BarnesPartner

K&L Gates LLP

Toxic Tort Litigation: An Overview

  • What differentiates a Toxic Tort from other Torts?
    • Exposure
    • Causation
    • Expert testimony
    • Interplay with regulations
  • Types of Claims
    • Pharmaceutical (breast implants)
    • Occupational (asbestos, silica, benzene)
    • Environmental (ethylene oxide)
    • Consumer (talcum powder, PFAS, glyphosate)
  • Types of Lawsuits
    • Class action
    • MDL
    • Individual claims
  • Types of Defendants
    • Manufacturers
    • Component part suppliers
    • Distributors

Trends and Statistics

  • Trends
    • Hybrid environmental/personal injury claims
    • Litigating regulatory shortfalls
    • Increase in consumer product claims
    • Aggressive defenses
  • Statistics
    • # of class actions
    • # of MDLs
    • Relative # of individual claims

Notable Cases and Court Rulings

  • Take-home exposures
  • Medical monitoring
  • Expert witness testimony/causation

Red Flags

  • Centralized exposure
  • Signature disease
  • Identifiable defendants

Risk Mitigation Strategies

Best Tort Litigation Tools and Techniques



Date & Time:

Monday, June 07, 2021

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Product Liability Lawyers
  • Manufacturers and Processors
  • Importers and Handlers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Risk Assessment Managers


Timothy KrippnerShareholder
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.
Michele C. BarnesPartner
K&L Gates LLP



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