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  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, 1994
  • B.A., Boston College, magna cum laude, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

New Jersey Defense Association, Past President and Member of the Board of Directors

The Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey, Trustee

Defense Research Institute, New Jersey State Representative

The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey

Lawyers for Civil Justice, Member

Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Member

International Association of Defense Counsel, Member

Trial Attorneys of America, Member

United States Supreme Court Historical Society, Member

Georgetown Club of Northern New Jersey, Member

The Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick in the City of New York

Edward J. Fanning, Jr.

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  • T: 973.639.7927
    F: 973.297.3868
    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Edward J. Fanning, Jr., is a Partner in the Firm of McCarter & English, LLP, and Chair of the Firm's Product Liability group. Mr. Fanning has extensive experience in civil litigation, with particular emphasis on the defense of claims against manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products, and industrial equipment. Mr. Fanning has represented numerous product manufacturers and sellers in the state and federal courts of New Jersey, New York and elsewhere, defending claims involving a wide array of products. Mr. Fanning also has experience in Federal and state courts in New Jersey and several other states defending class action litigation brought under consumer protection and consumer fraud statutes.

Mr. Fanning graduated magna cum laude from Boston College (B.A. Economics, 1991) and cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1994). He is admitted to the Bars of the States of New Jersey and New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

In 1995, Mr. Fanning won the Honorable Frederick B. Lacey Trial Advocacy Competition, and has since successfully tried to verdict cases in state and federal courts. He has also performed extensive appellate work, including appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the New Jersey Supreme Court, and has argued several successful cases before the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

Mr. Fanning is a Past President and Member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Defense Association, the New Jersey State Representative for the Defense Research Institute, and a Trustee of The Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey. Mr. Fanning was is also actively involved in Lawyers for Civil Justice, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the International Association of Defense Counsel, and Trial Attorneys of America.

Mr. Fanning was named a 2006 Forty Under 40 recipient by NJBIZ, New Jersey's premiere business news publication. According to the publisher, the Forty Under 40 awards program "honors men and women who have been making headlines in their field and who share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the community… As business and community leaders, they are constantly redefining success within the business arena. These individuals share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and to the community. They are shaping the economic future of New Jersey."

Mr. Fanning was also selected by the New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ) for its 2006 "40 Under 40" list. According to its Editor-in-Chief, the NJLJ generally chooses "lawyers who have developed unique practice niches, demonstrated leadership potential by work in practice groups or committees and amassed a thick book of business and a solid record of trial, appellate or transactional work." The NJLJ also gives credit for pro bono work and charitable, community and other volunteer activities. In short, the NJLJ describes its 40 Under 40 recipients as "high achievers, future leaders and well worth keeping an eye on."

Mr. Fanning also holds an AV® Preeminent rating for attorneys from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Fanning is recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in each edition since 2005.

Mr. Fanning was recognized by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law and the New Jersey Defense Association as a 2015 Professional Lawyer of the Year, noting his professionalism, competence, ethical conduct and leadership. 

Representative Matters

In Re: Zimmer Durom Hip Cup Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2158 - Christine Brady v. Zimmer, Inc., et al
Trial Counsel for Zimmer in the first bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation concerning Durom Hip claims, which ended in a defense verdict and judgment for Zimmer on May 12, 2015.
Fisher v. Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Fisher v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., 363 N.J. Super. 457 (App. Div. 2003), certif. denied 179 N.J. 310 (2004). Affirming award of summary judgment to employer based upon exclusive remedy provision of the New Jersey Workers Compensation Act.
Palcsesz v. The Midland Mutual Life Insurance Co.
87 F.Supp.2d 409 (D.N.J. 2000). Granting summary judgment to insurer on grounds of judicial estoppel.
Pharmaceutical Manufacturer
Counsel for major pharmaceutical manufacturer in defense of thousands of lawsuits alleging ingestion injuries.
Fortune 50 Retailer
Counsel for Fortune 50 retailer in defense of action by New Jersey Attorney General alleging pervasive violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.


NJDA Young Lawyer's Committee: How to Survive the Early Years of Practice: Practical Tips for Young Lawyers
Professionalism: Practical Lessons in Common Sense, Fair Dealing and Civility in the Practice of Law
Essex County Bar Association
New Jersey Civil Justice Reform Efforts
Lawyers for Civil Justice