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  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, 1989
  • B.A., Ramapo College, 1985

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Seventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Section on Litigation

American Bar Association, Committee on Product Liability

American Bar Association, Women in Products Liability Sub-Committee

International Association of Defense Counsel

Defense Research Institute, Drug and Medical Device Sub-Committee

New Jersey State Bar Association, Section on Civil Trial Practice

Vice Chair, Ramapo College Foundation

Debra M. Perry

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  • T: 973.639.2083
    F: 973.297.3935
    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Debra Perry advises regulated biological product, pharmaceutical and medical device companies on legal and compliance issues during the development, marketing and distribution phases of their products. She provides strategic planning and risk management guidance regarding FDA submissions, conduct of clinical trial, enforcement issues, and post-approval promotional, marketing and labeling issues.

Manufacturers, distributors, and importers of  food, food additives, and dietary supplements turn to Debra for regulatory consulting services. She offers strategic planning and risk management guidance regarding compliance with FDA, EPA, USDA, FTC and cGMP regulations. She lectures and writes extensively about compliance and risk management.

Pharmaceutical and other manufacturers rely on Debra to defend mass tort product liability litigation at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts. She has significant experience representing multinational companies in prescription and OTC medication litigation, including atypical antipsychotics, antidepressants, hormone products, narcotic analgesics and diabetes drugs. She also defends multinational corporations against industrial product liability claims and helps companies select, train and manage defense counsel nationwide and abroad.

Debra develops and implements strategies to confront the complex issues that arise in these types of litigation, including multi-district issues, defense of medical monitoring claims, federal preemption, product identification and market share liability, punitive damages, exposure, epidemiological analysis of causation, and Daubert (and its state law equivalents) hearings on the admissibility of medical and scientific expert testimony, and the application of statutes of limitations.

Debra also handles disputes involving estates, trusts, fiduciaries, guardianships, family issues and closely held family businesses. She counsels fiduciary and beneficiary clients in estate planning and administration matters, and appears in Probate, Surrogate’s or Chancery courts and various alternative dispute resolution forums. Debra has handled numerous litigated and non-litigated family disputes in New Jersey and New York involving estates, trusts and guardianships. She has represented both beneficiaries and corporate and individual fiduciaries (executors, trustee or guardians) in matters involving estate, trust and guardianship administrations. Her work also involves contested family law matters.

Debra has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for 2005–2006, 2008-2010 and 2014-2015.

Representative Matters

In re Alleged Mahwah Toxic Dump Site Litigation, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Bergen County, Master Docket No. L-489-08, Case No. 277
In re Risperdal/Seroquel/Zyprexa Litigation, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Middlesex County, Case No. 274


ABA Section of Litigation Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation CLE Workshop
Eighth Annual General Counsel Institute – National Association of Women Lawyers
ABA Section of Litigation Joint Committees' CLE Seminar
Seventh Annual General Counsel Institute - National Association of Women Lawyers