Goodell DeVries Opens Philadelphia Office and Welcomes Former Dechert LLP Partner Robert A. Limbacher

June 2011


Goodell DeVries is pleased to announced that Robert A. Limbacher has joined the firm as a partner to open and head its Philadelphia office.  Former Dechert LLP lawyer Eben S. Flaster has also joined the Philadelphia office as a partner.

“Adding Bob Limbacher and Eben Flaster complements our pharmaceutical, mass tort, and product liability practices as both Bob and Eben have extensive experience defending sophisticated products liability litigation and serving as lead counsel to resolve complex legal matters,” said founding partner Charles P. Goodell, Jr.

While at Dechert, Robert A. Limbacher served as the former chair of the mass torts and product liability group.  At Goodell DeVries, his practice will continue to focus on product liability, pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, and complex commercial litigation.  “We are excited to join a firm with such an excellent reputation for defending pharmaceutical companies involved in product liability litigation, as this is an area in which Eben and I have considerable expertise,” said Mr. Limbacher.

Since 2006, Mr. Limbacher has been recognized as among the top product liability lawyers by Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States based on opinions of peers and clients.  In the 2008 edition, Chambers noted he is “a fantastic trial lawyer with great presence and ability.”  He has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for mass tort litigation and product liability law since 2007.  Some of Mr. Limbacher’s trial victories have been highlighted in The National Law Journal and The Wall Street Journal.  Mr. Limbacher earned his B.A., cum laude, from Texas A&M University in 1977 and his J.D. from the University of Texas in 1981, where he served on the University of Texas Law Review.

Eben S. Flaster, formerly an associate with Dechert LLP’s product liability and mass torts   group, has extensive experience in defending pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and biotechnology companies in national product liability and commercial litigation matters.  While at Dechert LLP, Mr. Flaster served on numerous product trial teams and developed significant expertise managing national defensive discovery and complex e-discovery matters for large corporate clients.  He is also highly regarded by clients as an advisor and consultant, assisting companies in the assessment and mitigation of litigation risk exposure and developing compliance and risk management policies and guidelines based on industry best practices.  Mr. Flaster earned his B.A. from Cornell University, magna cum laude, in 1998 and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2001, where he was the business editor of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business and a guest columnist for the Georgetown Law Weekly

“We are delighted to welcome these talented lawyers to Goodell DeVries and to be expanding to Philadelphia,” said Linda S. Woolf, who has served as managing partner since 2005 and heads the firm’s commercial litigation practice.

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