Thomas J. Cullen, Jr.

Mr. Cullen has represented clients in complex pharmaceutical, product liability and toxic tort litigation for over 30 years.  He has taken cases to trial in over 20 states while representing clients as both national and trial counsel.  

Mr. Cullen has represented several clients in the pharmaceutical industry, including Bayer, Pfizer and Eisai.  He has represented Bayer as national and trial counsel for more than 25 years in various litigations including – HIV litigation from blood products, PPA litigation, Hepatitis C litigation, Baycol litigation, YAZ litigation, and litigation stemming from Bayer’s anti-infective medications, CIPRO and Avelox. Mr. Cullen has represented Eisai as national trial counsel in product liability, qui tam and anti-trust litigation. He has worked closely with many companies including Bayer and Eisai in risk assessment and litigation management, as well as the defense of thousands of individual product liability actions.

Mr. Cullen also serves as national counsel for Crown Equipment Corporation in catastrophic injury product liability litigation. As national trial counsel for Crown, Mr. Cullen has tried over 25 catastrophic injury actions in numerous states across the country. These cases have involved allegations of design defect, inadequate warnings and negligence. 

Further, Mr. Cullen has also been involved in the defense of toxic tort litigations including commercial talc, carbon monoxide, lead paint exposure, as well as exposure to many other chemicals and pesticides. Mr. Cullen has participated in the defense of thousands of toxic tort and product liability actions and tried over 20 toxic exposure cases in the Mid-Atlantic Region to verdict.


Professional Associations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • The Defense Research Institute
  • The Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.


Publications and Seminars

  • Lecturer, Maryland Institute of Continuing Legal Education, "Applications of Comment k to Section 402A, Restatement of Torts (2d)"
  • Lecturer, Defense Research Institute, Trial Techniques Seminar, "Evaluation and Defense of Actions from the Beginning"
  • Lecturer, Network of Trial Law Firms, Litigation SuperCourse, "Managing Experts"
  • Lecturer, Mealey's Drug Litigation Conference, "Trial Procedures"
  • Lecturer, Network of Trial Law Firms, Litigation Management, "Multidistrict Litigation"
  • Lecturer, Mealey's Lead Litigation Conference, "Defending The Landlord"
  • Conference Chair, HB Litigation, Lead Litigation, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016
  • Frequent Lecturer on Product Liability and Trial Tactics


Honors and Awards

  • America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators (2018)
  • ACQ5 Law Awards, US- Mass Tort Lawyer of the Year (2015, 2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action, Product Liability Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation (2011- 2018)
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Product Liability and Personal Injury Defense (2007 - 2018)
  • The Daily Record - Maryland Leadership in Law Award (2008)