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Education

  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, cum laude, 1982
  • B.A., Colgate University, 1976

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, Southern and Northern Districts of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Member, Board of Directors, 2012-2015; Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2009-2012; Chair, Product Liability Committee, 2007-2009, Vice-Chair, Journal Articles, 2003–2005; Member, International Committee, 2007-Present

Editor, Defense Counsel Journal

Product Liability Advisory Council - Sustaining Member 2008–present

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2004–present

Supreme Court of New Jersey, District X Ethics Committee, 1994–1998; Chair, 1997–1998; Special Ethics Master,
1999–present

Kula for Karma, Board Member, 2011-present

New Jersey State Bar Association, Judicial Administration Committee,
1999–2002

New Jersey Law Firm Group - Minority Law Student Mentor


HONORS AND AWARDS

Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, 1995–present (recertified 2002, 2007 and 2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers of America, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, 2013 -2016

Recognized in The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers, 2011 - 2013

Recognized in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014

Recognized in the Guide to the World’s Leading Product Liability Lawyers, 2010, 2012

Terex Outstanding Product Liability Counsel Award, In Recognition of 2004 Achievements in Representing Terex Corporation, February 15, 2005

Equal Justice Medal, Board of Trustees of Legal Services of New Jersey, November 28, 2000

Distinguished Alumni Award, Massachusetts Boys’ State, 60th Anniversary, June 2004

Kenneth R. Meyer

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      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Mr. Meyer is a senior trial lawyer certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney and is primarily a commercial litigator who defends complex product liability, mass tort, and significant personal injury and property damage cases. He has litigated cases in state and federal courts in 27 states, has acted as defense liaison counsel for branded pharmaceutical companies, and serves as national coordinating, regional and local counsel.

His experience extends to a wide range of industries and products including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, medical devices, consumer products, industrial machinery, construction equipment, automobiles and asbestos. Top clients include Terex Corporation, Forest Laboratories, Crawford and Company, ABB, Motorola Solutions and Union Pacific Railroad.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Meyer has a deep understanding of product development and the regulatory agencies that supervise U.S. companies. He regularly provides clients with risk assessments, product safety analyses and drafts product warning labels and language for instructional manuals. He frequently collaborates with teams of outside engineers and experts to provide support for product launches and product risk avoidance and has counseled on product recalls.  

He has extensive appellate experience, primarily in product liability cases in New York and New Jersey. Mr. Meyer obtained a defense verdict and successfully handled the appeal in Congiusti v. Ingersoll-Rand, the case in which the New Jersey Appellate Courts adopted the alternate safer design theory of The Restatement of Law Third, Torts: Product Liability.

Mr. Meyer recently served a three-year term as a Board Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). He is the editor of the Defense Counsel Journal, an IADC publication providing a forum for the publication of topical and scholarly writings on the law. He is a Special Ethics Master appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve as a Hearing Officer for complex ethics matters, a past Chair of The District X Ethics Committee of New Jersey and regularly represents New Jersey attorneys in ethics matters. He has served on several Boards of non-profit charitable organizations, regularly volunteers at an annual charity event to benefit seniors in his community, and plays ice hockey. 

Mr. Meyer has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America Product Liability Litigation (Defendants) in 2018-2019, and for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions (Defendants) since 2013. He was named the Best Lawyers 2014-2015 Newark “Lawyer of the Year” for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions (Defendants). He is listed as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for 2005-2009 and 2011-2018. He is also listed in the 2015-2017 editions of Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences and Who’s Who Legal: Business Lawyers for Product Liability Defence. Mr. Meyer was included in the Litigation and Product Liability Expert Guide 2014 and 2016 by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. 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. Who's Who Legal is published by Law Business Research Limited. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Speaking

02/03/11
Demystifying the Toxicologist’s Trial Testimony
Webinar, International Association of Defense Counsel
February 2011
Overcoming the Vanishing Trial: A Trial Lawyer’s Skills Are More Vital Than Ever for Effective Advocacy at Mediation
International Association of Defense Counsel, Mid-Year Meeting
01/19/11
New Developments in Pharmaceutical Product Liability Litigation
Webinar, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
July 31 - August 6, 2010
38th Annual Trial Academy of the International Association of Defense Counsel
Faculty Member, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

Publications

12/05/16
April 2013
New Jersey Federal Court Rejects Component Theory Advanced to Avoid Medical Device Preemption
IADC Committee Newsletter, Product Liability
2013
Getting the Deal Through - Life Sciences 2013
United States Chapter, published by Getting the Deal Through
October 2012
New Jersey Supreme Court Provides a Mixed Result in a Medical Device Preemption Decision
IADC Committee Newsletter, Drug, Device and Biotechnology