Consistently ranked by Chambers USA as one of New Jersey’s leading litigators, Edward J. Fanning has extensive experience in civil litigation, with a focus on the defense of high-value claims against manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products, and industrial equipment.
Edward 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), the Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA), and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
Valued by clients for his deep knowledge of New Jersey and New York’s state and federal courts, Edward also appears regularly in courts around the country. His work includes substantial trial experience, with recent achievements that include prevailing in the first jury trial in federal multidistrict litigation involving over 400 product liability claims against artificial hip products manufactured by world’s largest pure play artificial joint company.
Clients also leverage Edward’s extensive appellate experience 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.
Noted for “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), Edward is committed to providing excellent client service, responding to clients’ concerns and keeping them informed throughout the litigation process.
In addition to his defense work, Edward 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.
Edward 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.