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  • David Cooner “takes a very smart, intellectual approach to cases and is very effective,” according to interviewees.
    – Chambers USA

    David Cooner wins high praise from market sources, who describe him as a “wonderful attorney who is very smart.” – Chambers USA 

    The “knowledgeable and skilled” David Cooner handles product liability litigation matters. Sources particularly value his ability to “work efficiently and keep costs to a minimum.” – Chambers USA


  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 1989
  • B.A., Villanova University, 1985

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Federal Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association


Count Basie Theatre, Board of Trustees: 2006-present (Chair 2009 – 2011; Advisory Board 2015-present)

Newark Museum, Council: 2000-2012, (Chair 2005-2006; Vice Chair 2004-2005)

Borough of Fair Haven Zoning Board: 2008-2009

David J. Cooner

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  • T: 973.639.6971
    F: 973.297.3960
    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Mr. Cooner handles civil litigation with a particular focus on the defense of product liability cases involving medical product manufacturers, pharmaceutical and chemical companies, and makers of consumer products. He also represents labs, healthcare organizations and other business entities in commercial disputes and consumer class actions, and counsels such clients with regard to litigation management and risk avoidance.

Mr. Cooner has tried product liability, premises liability and commercial cases, and has argued cases before the trial and intermediate courts in several states. He has been counsel of record in almost two dozen reported decisions. He often serves as national product liability counsel with regard to product lines for clients in the medical device, consumer product and chemical industries.

In that capacity, Mr. Cooner has represented numerous medical product manufacturers in state and federal courts throughout the country, defending claims involving a wide array of surgical tools, diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices, implants and durable medical equipment. He has also handled cases involving a variety of prescription pharmaceuticals including analgesics, antidepressants, contraceptives, synthetic hormones and antibiotics. He has defended individual cases and served on teams that have managed and handled national, regional and class action litigations concerning prescription medicines and devices.

Mr. Cooner has served as counsel in a variety of other class action litigations, including consumer fraud cases related to the design, pricing, recall, etc. of various consumer products as well as class action defense work for leasing and food service companies.

His work outside of the life sciences industry also includes serving as counsel for manufacturers of chemicals, plastics and polymers, laboratory and chemical processing equipment, school buses and luxury motor coaches, and exercise and rehabilitation equipment, among other products.

Mr. Cooner regularly speaks on topics of relevance to product manufacturers and has authored several publications that address legal issues in pharmaceutical, medical device and other product liability cases, including with regard to the admissibility of scientific evidence. 

From 2012-2019, he has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA. He is also listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2006-2019, Best Lawyers in America in 2019 and 2020, and was recognized as Medmarc Defense Attorney of the Year in 2003. No aspect of these advertisements have been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Awards Methodology.

Representative Matters

Medical Device Manufacturers
Counsel to multiple medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies in product liability, commercial and other cases, including current service as national product liability counsel with regard to product lines of a medical device and a consumer product manufacturer
National Healthcare Organization
Counsel to a national healthcare organization with respect to a wide variety of claims, including business disputes, insurance coverage and professional negligence
Counsel to manufacturers of school buses, chemicals and chemical processing equipment, plastics, lab equipment and various other consumer and industrial products in product liability, premises liability, commercial and other litigation
Class Action Litigations
Counsel in a variety of class action litigations, including consumer fraud cases related to the design, pricing, recall, etc. of various consumer products, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, as well as class action defense work for leasing and food service companies


Negotiations: Ethical Issues For In-House Corporate Counsel
Avoiding Physician Marketing Landmines
Ethical Issues Involving In-House Corporate Counsel and the Attorney Client Privilege


Consumer Class Actions
New Jersey Section, ABA Section of Litigation submitted for publication
Science Sooner: Moving Daubert to an Earlier Stage of Litigation
DRI's Daubert On-Line