Edward J. Fanning, Jr. is Chair of the Product Liability group. He has extensive experience in civil litigation, with a particular focus on the defense of claims against manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products and industrial equipment. He also appears regularly in federal and state courts in New Jersey and several other states defending class action litigation brought under consumer protection and consumer fraud statutes, including the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (NJCFA) and the Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA).
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, immediate-past 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. He 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 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.
He was named a 2006 Forty Under 40 recipient by NJBIZ, New Jersey's premier business news publication. Mr. Fanning also was selected by the New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ) for its 2006 “40 Under 40” list. According to its Editor-in-Chief, the NJLJ 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.”
Mr. Fanning holds an AV® Preeminent rating for attorneys from Martindale-Hubbell. He also has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in each edition since 2005.