Valued by clients for his deep knowledge of New Jersey and New York’s state and federal courts, Edward Fanning also appears regularly in other jurisdictions around the country. He has served as lead defense counsel in numerous class actions and mass tort litigations involving both products liability claims and 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). Ed also has an active appellate practice, which includes appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the New Jersey Supreme Court, as well as multiple cases successfully argued before the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.
His trial experience includes prevailing in the first jury trial in a federal multidistrict litigation involving over 400 product liability claims involving implantable artificial hip devices and a trial victory for another medical device company in the Southern District of New York in a breach of contract case with alleged damages in excess of $8.5 million. That ruling was later affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
In addition to his defense work, Ed also has a very active amicus curiae practice, regularly appearing before New Jersey’s highest court on behalf of the state’s largest trade associations to defend the interests of business and industry groups on key legal issues affecting the state.
Ed 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.