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Richard S. Lewis
1700 K Street, NW Suite 650
Washington, DC 20006
Mr. Lewis has been appointed to serve as co-lead counsel in mass tort and product liability class action cases including In re StarLink Corn Products (N.D. Ill) (asserting claims by farmers for genetic modification contamination of the U.S. corn supply) and In re PPA (asserting claims by users of unsafe over-the-counter medicines). He has also been appointed to the MDL Steering Committee in In re Prempro Products Liability Litigation, In re NFL Players' Concussion Injury Litigation, and in In re Chinese Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation. Rich was a member of the Chinese Drywall trial team that obtained a comprehensive remediation and property damages verdict for seven Virginia homeowners. Furthermore, Rich handled various experts in the Daubert briefing and argument; and was successful in excluding significant portions of the defense experts’ opinions.
In addition, Rich served or presently serves as lead counsel or class counsel in numerous actions to obtain medical monitoring and property damage relief for communities exposed to toxic chemicals, unsafe working conditions, or unsafe drugs. These include the In re NFL Concussion Injury Litigation, In re NCAA Concussion Litigation, and In re Diet Drug Litigation (Fen-Phen), which resulted in a $4 billion settlement providing medical monitoring in addition to individual personal injury awards. In addition, these include Farnum v. Shell, an oil spill pollution case in Barbados against international oil companies, that resulted in a settlement providing property damage compensation for 26 farmers and landowners, and Harman v. Lipari, a Superfund case that resulted in a settlement providing medical monitoring for thousands of residents who lived on or played near a landfill. He has litigated both individual and class childhood lead poisoning cases and is also handling environmental and workplace safety cases in India, and South Africa.
Tufts University, B.A., cum laude, 1976
University of Michigan, M.P.H., 1981
University of Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude, 1986; Law Review comments editor
District of Columbia
Affiliations & Honors
Law clerk, after law school, for the Honorable Stanley S. Brotman, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
National Finalist for 2010 Lawdragon 500, an annual guide to the "500 Leading Lawyers in America"
News & Publications
“Manassas Park Woman Sues Drug Company Over Breast Cancer.” The Washington Post quotes Richard Lewis regarding a suit against Pfizer. January 3, 2010.
Mr. Lewis interviewed in Fox News story on Prempro cancer case. November 26, 2009.
First Chinese drywall class actions filed in Virginia and North Carolina. May 21, 2009.
Comment, “O.C.A.W. v. American Cyanamid: The Shrinking of the Occupational Safety and Health Act,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review (July 1985)
Mr. Lewis commented in USA Today, "Hearing on consolidation of NCAA concussion lawsuits." December 2013.