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  • He is “at the top of his game,” and “gets really good results and is really active in the Bar: a first-rate lawyer.
    - Chambers USA 2018 

    Sources credit him with “an amazing ability to sift through a lot of information, assess the relevant facts and issues very quickly, and provide practical advice immediately.” 
    - Chambers USA 2017


  • Ed Fanning argues before the New Jersey Supreme Court in In re: Accutane Litigation on the standards for admissibility of expert testimony under New Jersey Law
  • Ed Fanning argues before the New Jersey Supreme Court on the presumption of adequacy of FDA approved warnings in In re: Accutane Litigation

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Education

  • 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, Immediate-Past New Jersey State Representative

Lawyers for Civil Justice, Member

Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Member

Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

International Association of Defense Counsel, Member

Trial Attorneys of America, Member

United States Supreme Court Historical Society, Member

American Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

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

Edward J. Fanning, Jr.

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Edward J. Fanning, Jr. is Immediate Past Chair of the Products Liability, Mass Torts and Consumer Class Actions 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), the Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA), and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

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 was recently elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. He 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 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.”

Recognized by Chambers USA in 2017 and 2018, Mr. Fanning is ranked in Band One for New Jersey Products Liability Litigation. He also holds an AV® Preeminent rating for attorneys from Martindale-Hubbell, has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in each edition since 2005, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation – Health Care (2017-2019), Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2018-2019). Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Martindale-Hubbell is published by Internet Brands, Inc. Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

IN RE: Accutane Litigation, 2018 WL 4761403 (N.J. Supreme Court, October 3, 2018)
Counsel to amici curiae the Health Care Institute of New Jersey, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce in successfully arguing that labels on the acne drug Accutane were adequate under New Jersey law. View here.
In Re: Accutane Litigation, 2018 WL 3636867 (New Jersey Supreme Court, August 1, 2018)
Counsel to amici curiae the Health Care Institute of New Jersey, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce in successfully arguing for the adoption of the Daubert standard for the admissibility of expert testimony in all civil cases in New Jersey.
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.
Fortune 50 Retailer
National Counsel for Fortune 50 retailer in defense of several nationwide class actions alleging consumer fraud and violation of various state consumer protection statutes.
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.