James C. Fitzpatrick is Co-Chair of Hughes Hubbard's Product Liability practice group and a member of the firm’s Litigation department. His practice focuses on domestic and international pharmaceutical and product liability litigation as well as other types of complex commercial litigation.
Jim’s practice also includes the development and presentation of scientific issues at trial, in the media, and as part of Congressional and Department of Justice investigations. He has litigated securities and Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters in the pharmaceutical area, as well as product liability trials in the US and around the world. Chambers USA, The Legal 500, The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers, and a number of other publications have consistently recognized Jim as a top product liability lawyer. In the 2021 International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers, Jim was praised for doing “a great job coordinating global strategy for his clients’ best interests” and sits “among the leading product liability specialists in New York.” Jim was also recognized as a “Thought Leader: Global Elite” in the 2022 International Who’s Who of Life Science – Product Liability Lawyers.
Law clerk to Judge Hayden W. Head Jr., US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 1996 – 1997
United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Representation of Pfizer in the defense of product liability matters involving Lipitor
Representation of the trustee of Lehman Brothers Inc. in a $78 million dispute involving securities and bankruptcy claims
Representation of Lorillard Tobacco Co. in the defense of smoking-and-health litigation
Representation of Merck & Co. Inc. in litigation regarding the prescription drug Vioxx®
Representation of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) in litigation involving music license fees. Lead trial lawyer in Broadcast Music Inc. v. Weigel bench trial, which resulted in judgment for BMI. Argued appeal in the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals which resulted in affirmance of judgment in BMI’s favor
Representation of the Korean Presbyterian Church of Westchester in a successful appeal to the New York Court of Appeals
Representation of Christie’s Inc. in multiple litigations regarding the ownership of works of art and other issues