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James E. Berger

Partner

James Berger is a partner in the Litigation Department of Hughes Hubbard & Reed with particular focus on litigation involving complex legal and scientific issues.  His national practice concentrates on product liability and premises liability claims and includes experience in tobacco, asbestos, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and chemical exposures.  Mr. Berger has both trial and appellate experience, and has been national counsel responsible for all aspects of complex litigation in multiple state and federal courts throughout the country, including jurisdictions recognized as particularly plaintiff-friendly.  He has also handled appellate work in multiple states and before the Eighth Circuit, where he began his career as a law clerk.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Member, The Eighth Circuit Bar Association
  • Member, The Defense Research Institute

Previous Experience

  • ​Law Clerk, the Hon. Roger L. Wollman, United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit – 1996-1997
  • Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit – 1994-1996

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Practice Groups and Other Information

Education Information

  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1994, cum laude, Order of the Coif, Managing Editor, Missouri Law Review
  • University of Missouri, A.B., 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri

Highlighted Matters

  • National counsel for major tobacco company in all aspects of a complex product liability litigation including trials and appeals in multiple state and federal courts throughout the country.
  • Previously represented another major tobacco company in its asbestos premises liability and tobacco litigation, at both the trial court and appellate levels.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of medical devices and pharmaceuticals in multiple aspects of national litigation, including trial.

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