Adam S. Tolin

Adam is a partner in the firm's Philadelphia office, and his areas of concentration include complex commercial litigation and product liability. He has significant trial experience including serving as trial counsel in a $1 billion complex commercial arbitration, second chairing a product liability jury trial, and serving a lead supporting role in numerous other jury trials. He has represented clients in trial in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Washington, D.C., and Florida.

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Professional Experience

  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, 2012-2018 (Counsel 2015-2018)
  • Dechert LLP, Associate, 2003-2012

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Representative Matters

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  • Second-chaired a product liability jury trial in Miami state court in 2017. Conducted the direct examinations of the two defense experts; cross-examined a plaintiff fact witness; cross-examined a plaintiff expert in a Daubert hearing; and argued motions throughout the trial.
  • Served as trial counsel defending General Electric in a $1 billion confidential arbitration involving a complex construction project that resulted in a complete defense verdict. Cross-examined key plaintiff witnesses during the four-week hearing presided over by three former judges, and conducted the direct exam of the lead defense witness. At the close of the plaintiff case, successfully argued for directed verdict on a $100 million claim. During discovery, took and defended over twenty fact and expert depositions and argued numerous motions.
  • Member of two trial teams on behalf of Philip Morris USA that secured complete defense verdicts in well-publicized matters. In 2016, member of the trial team that scored a complete defense victory for Philip Morris USA in a three-week trial of a class action medical monitoring claim before a Massachusetts federal jury. Responsible for developing the trial strategy, preparing the witnesses to testify, and arguing motions and evidentiary objections during trial. Took and defended key expert depositions. In 2011, key member of the trial team that, after a four-month jury trial in St. Louis state court, secured a defense verdict for Philip Morris USA in a claim for more than $455 million in economic damages brought by 37 Missouri hospitals against six tobacco companies. The defense verdict was recognized by The American Lawyer as a “resounding victory” for Philip Morris. Argued pre-trial motions, including motions to exclude certain plaintiffs’ experts and to bifurcate the trial, and argued evidentiary issues during trial.
  • On behalf of a global biopharmacuetical company, member of team that secured the dismissal of all claims in Illinois federal court in a putative consumer class action following a global recall of a product.
  • Cross-examined an expert economist on behalf of Sirius XM at the 2017 trial before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) in Washington D.C. to set sound recording performance rates. Took depositions of expert economists and a record industry executive.
  • Key role in the representation of ESPN, Inc. in securing a significant defense verdict following a three-week trial in 2013 in the Southern District of New York involving more than $150 million in claims brought by Dish Network.
  • Significant role representing AstraZeneca in the Seroquel litigation, coordinating trial strategy and witness preparation across all aspects of the MDL and state litigations. In 2010, central member of the trial team that secured a defense verdict in New Jersey state court in the first jury trial out of more than 20,000 individual cases alleging that Seroquel causes diabetes. Argued evidentiary issues pre-trial and during trial, and was responsible for preparing company witnesses to testify at trial.
  • Member of three different trial teams that received defense jury verdicts for Wyeth in In Re: Diet Drugs Litigation in Philadelphia state court. Took depositions in those cases, argued motions, prepared core demonstrative exhibits, and was responsible for preparing expert witnesses to testify at trial.
  • First chaired two Section 1983 prisoner civil rights trials in federal court in New Jersey.

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