Arvin Maskin

Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Arvin Maskin

Arvin Maskin

Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Biography

Arvin Maskin is Chair of the Product Liability practice group. He has served as lead counsel in some of the largest mass tort and product liability litigations in the country. Formerly with the US Department of Justice in Washington DC, he was the government's lead counsel in such seminal matters such as the "Agent Orange" litigation.

He has been consistently successful in handling a broad range of domestic and international matters, including the defense, coordination and resolution of product liability, mass tort and consumer fraud litigations, in some cases seeking billions of dollars, involving asbestos, breast implants, food products, industrial chemicals and their by-products, genetic research, lead paint, aircraft, automotive products, electrical and navigation equipment, and pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as counseling relating to industrial, consumer and OTC products, FDA, EPA, NHTSA and Consumer Product Safety Act compliance, product recalls (domestic and international), the False Claims Act, the Alien Tort Statute, Congressional investigations, deceptive trade practice claims brought by state attorneys general, corporate acquisitions, product distribution, marketing and labeling, risk avoidance, insurance, internal investigations, food tampering, crisis management and strategic media communications.

Mr. Maskin is often sought in the defense of high-stakes, high-profile mass tort matters. He has been a lead counsel and negotiator in connection with World War II forced and slave labor class actions involving eight different nations, and has served as lead counsel in the defense and resolution of 33 separate state consumer fraud class actions and an MDL concerning some 170 million automobile and light truck tires. He has handled mass tort class actions involving African apartheid-related claims under the Alien Tort Statute, as well as class actions and related consumer fraud and personal injury litigations throughout the country involving the sale of hundreds of thousands of bullet-proof vests, including related suits brought by the U.S. Department of Justice under the False Claims Act seeking hundreds of millions of dollars. He is also a nationally recognized attorney on punitive damages, class actions and multidistrict litigation, as well as the use of science in the courtroom, and has chaired numerous national conferences and has counseled multinational corporations on all aspects of corporate crisis planning and risk avoidance.

Mr. Maskin is a member of the American Law Institute and is a Fellow of the American and New York Bar Foundation. He was a member of the American Law Institute’s Consultative Group for the Restatement of the Law of Torts (Third): Products Liability, and has served as a member of the Institute’s Consultative Group for the Restatement of the Law of Torts: General Principles. He also served as a reviewer for the Manual for Complex Litigation (Third) for the Federal Judicial Center.

Currently, Mr. Maskin is Co-Chairman of the ABA Subcommittee on Complex Torts Committee of the Committee on Corporate Counsel, Litigation Section. He was immediate past co-chairman of the ABA Mass Tort and Product Liability Subcommittee of the Committee on Corporate Counsel. He was also past Chairman of the Toxic and Hazardous Substances and Environmental Law Committee of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA. He has been appointed to the Task Force on Mass Torts of the US Chamber of Commerce, and serves as a member of the Boards of Advisors of BNA’s Civil Trial Manual, Toxics Law Reporter and Product Safety & Liability Reporter, Leader Publications Products Liability Law & Strategy, among others. Mr. Maskin also serves as a member of the Legal Policy Advisory Board of the Washington Legal Foundation.

Mr. Maskin has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "National Litigation Star" in Product Liability (2009-2012) and a "New York Star" in Product Liability (2011 and 2012).

Mr. Maskin’s appointments and memberships include:

* Fellow, American Bar Foundation
* Fellow, New York Bar Foundation
* Member, Legal Policy Advisory Board, Washington Legal Foundation
* Member, Task Force on Mass Torts of the US Chamber of Commerce
* Member, American Law Institute
* Member, ALI’s Consultative Group for The Restatement of the Law of Torts (Third) Products Liability
* Invited commentator for the Manual on Complex Litigation (Third) for the Federal Judicial Center
* Former chairman of the Torts & Insurance Practice Section’s Committee on Toxics & Hazardous Substances and Environmental Law, American Bar Association
* Current co-chairman of the Products Liability Subcommittee of the Committee on Corporate Counsel, Litigation Section, America Bar Association
* Mr. Maskin serves on the Board of Advisors of BNA’s Toxics Law Reporter; BNA’s Products & Safety Liability Reporter; and Leader Publication’s Products Liability Law & Strategy

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Number of Awards

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Arvin Maskin
Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1978

Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[5] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court

BA
Class of 1975

Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the United States. Georgetown's main campus, located in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, is noted for Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark in the Romanesque revival style. Georgetown operates a law center on Capitol Hill and auxiliary campuses in Italy, Turkey, and Qatar.

Memberships
Member, Task Force on Mass Torts
Current

The United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC) is an American lobbying group representing the interests of many businesses and trade associations. It is not an agency of the United States government. The Chamber is staffed with policy specialists, lobbyists and lawyers. Politically, the Chamber is generally considered to be a conservative organization. It usually supports Republican political candidates, though it has occasionally supported conservative Democrats. The Chamber is one of the largest lobbying groups in the U.S., spending more money than any other lobbying organization on a yearly basis.

Member
Current

The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

Fellow
Current

TO EXPAND KNOWLEDGE AND ADVANCE JUSTICE THROUGH INNOVATIVE, INTERDISCIPLINARY, AND RIGOROUS EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON THE LAW.

Career History
Partner
Current

Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years. Widely recognized by those covering the legal profession as best in class, Weil’s lawyers regularly advise clients globally on their most complex Litigation, Corporate, Restructuring, and Tax and Benefits matters. With 20 offices worldwide – 9 in the United States and 11 outside the United States – Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business.

Reviewer, Manual for Complex Litigation (Third)
Prior
Lead Counsel
Prior

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States according to the law; ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic; provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeks just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Advisors, Products & Safety Liability Reporter
Current

Bloomberg Industry Group provides legal, tax and accounting and environment services. It serves publishing, printing, and software industries. The company was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

Member, Board of Advisors, Products Liability Law & Strategy
Current

Leader Publications provides local news coverage as well as obituaries and sports coverage.

Co-Chairman, Subcommittee on Complex Torts, Committee on Corporate Counsel, Litigation Section
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member, Legal Policy Advisory Board
Current

THE FOUNDATION WORKS WITH OUR LEGAL SYSTEM TO MAINTAIN BALANCE IN THE COURTS AND STREGTHEN AMERICA'S FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM.

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Political Donations
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Ranking Member at House Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education

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Senior Advisor for International Education at The United States Agency for International Development

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Partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP

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Awards & Honors
Admitted to the New York Bar
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
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