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Anita Ruth Hotchkiss

Defective and dangerous products Attorney at Princeton, NJ

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  • State Years
    New York - NY 41 years
    New Jersey - NJ 48 years
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1975
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Anita Hotchkiss is a trial attorney with 40 years of experience defending companies and individuals in the state and federal trial and appellate courts. Her practice emphasizes complex pharmaceutical, medical device, and other products liability cases; mass torts; class actions; and medical and legal professional liability matters. Anita has tried over 35 cases and is one of the few attorneys in the country who has tried a medical monitoring class action. She is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, and is fluent in Italian and Spanish.

Among the products she has defended are anesthetic agents, DES, DTP, flu and poliovirus vaccines, PPA, fen-phen, breast implants, denture adhesives, metoclopramide, sutures, artificial hips and knees, and phosphosoda. In the realm of medical liability, Anita has handled and tried to conclusion various types of professional malpractice actions including legal malpractice, medical malpractice, pharmacy malpractice, and dental malpractice, and she has handled disciplinary actions against hospital physicians. She has also tried to conclusion multiple pharmaceutical actions and has defended several major pharmaceutical companies in both individual and mass tort actions.

Anita secured one of the first "junk science" dismissals in the country on the basis of Daubert v. Merrell Dow. She has been involved in other cutting-edge cases involving recognition of the learned intermediary doctrine, the privilege of self-critical evaluation, and dismissals based on bankruptcy, as well as rejection of the theory of enterprise liability and the over-extension of consumer fraud acts to skirt established tenets of liability. She has written several amicus briefs on behalf of the Product Liability Advisory Council in these and other cases of interest and importance to corporate defendants. In addition, Anita has served as an expert witness in evaluating thousands of mass tort cases for a multimillion-dollar company in a commercial dispute involving allocation of a $100 million escrow.

Anita has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named repeatedly in New Jersey MonthlyMagazine's list of "Super Lawyers," with special citation as one of the top 50 women attorneys in New Jersey. She lectures frequently to attorney and corporate members of national and local legal organizations on defense issues and tactics and was an invited member of the faculty at the prestigious Trial Academy run by the International Association of Defense Counsel.

 

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Goldberg Segalla LLP
301 Carnegie Center Drive
Suite 200
Princeton, NJ, 08540

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Goldberg Segalla, LLP
  • 2008 - Present

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • Rutgers University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1970
  • Bates College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1959

Associations

  • Worrall F. Mountain Inn of Court
  • Master and Counselor
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 1994 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law Committee
  • Chair
  • 1989 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Litigation Management Techniques Subcommittee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Corporate Counsel Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Appointments, District X Ethics Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Morris County Bar Association, Judicial Selection Committee
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Worrall F. Mountain Inn of Court
  • Master and Counselor
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
  • President
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Morris County Bar Association, Judicial Appointments Committee
  • Chair
  • 1991 - 1998
  • Worrall F. Mountain Inn of Court
  • Master and Counseler
  • 1989 - 1996
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Certified Attorneys Section
  • Chair
  • 1989 - 1990
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Task Force on Women and the Law
  • Member
  • 1989 - 1989
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
  • Board of Trustees
  • 1981 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • 2015
  • William A. Dreier Award for Excellence in Product Liability Law
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Legal Services of New Jersey
  • 2013
  • Women Leaders in the Law
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • McLaughlin Award
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Civil Trial Bar Section
  • 2002
  • Professional Lawyer of the Year
  • Morris County Bar Association and NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law
  • 2001
  • 20 most influential women in the health care industry
  • Medical Herald
  • 1995
  • Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • N/A
  • AV Preeminent Peer-Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Avvo Rating: 10
  • Avvo
  • N/A
  • Product Liability Lawyers — Defendants, 2018-19
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • N/A
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2005-2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • N/A
  • The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal
  • N/A
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey Civil Trial Attorney
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • N/A
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Publications

  • New Jersey Mass Torts and Class Action Treatise, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Co-Author, “The Role of Preemption in Mass Tort Cases,” Chapter 15
  • 2015
  • For the Defense
  • Pharmaceutical Defendants - Heed This Warning
  • 2006
  • Litigation Update
  • Three for Three - N.J. Supreme Court Issues a Triad of Opinions That Should Please Defendants
  • 2005
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • Like Water and Oil: Consumer Fraud Act Claims Should Not be Viable in
  • 2005
  • Defense Counsel Journal
  • Protecting and Enforcing Protective Orders: Easier Said Than Done
  • 2004
  • Washington Legal Foundation Backgrounder
  • Protective Orders Redux: It's Not Over Until the Twelfth of Never
  • 2001
  • Litigation Update
  • Federal District Courts In New Jersey and Pennsylvania Reject Challenges to Protective Orders
  • 2000
  • Litigation Update
  • New Jersey Court Denies Class Certification for Medical Monitoring in Diet Drug Litigation
  • 1998
  • Litigation Update
  • Learned Intermediary Doctrine Withstands 'Advertising' and 'Non-Therapeutic' Attack in New Jersey
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Product Liability Seminar — NJ Law Center
  • The Role of Preemption in Mass Torts
  • 2015
  • NJICLE Construction Law 2014 Seminar
  • The Economic Loss Doctrine in New Jersey — Now You See It, Now You Don’t
  • 2014
  • Medmarc 27th Medical Device Seminar
  • To Mock or Not To Mock — A Trial Lawyer’s Perspective on the Ins and Outs of Jury Science
  • 2014
  • Product Liability Advisory Council Fall Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • The PLAC Amicus Brief Committee and How it Works
  • 2010
  • Product Liability Advisory Council Fall Meeting, San Antonio, Texas
  • Medicare Secondary Payer Issues
  • 2010
  • Presentation to Worral F. Mountain Inn of Court, Morristown, New Jersey
  • Medicare Secondary Payer Issues
  • 2010
  • Medmarc Annual Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Science Days for the Court — Pros and Cons for Defendants
  • 2010
  • Masters in Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates, Montclair, New Jersey
  • Defense Summation in an Automobile Death Case
  • 2009
  • Life Sciences Seminar, Warren, New Jersey
  • The Alphabet Soup of FDA Approval for Prescription Drugs
  • 2009
  • Life Sciences Seminar, Warren, New Jersey
  • Guilt by Association,” or “It’s Not Even our Product — What Do You Mean We’re Liable?
  • 2009
  • Life Sciences Seminar, Warren, New Jersey
  • Preemption After Riegel and Wyeth v. Levine
  • 2009
  • Morris County Inns of Court
  • E-Discovery - Turning the Tables on Plaintiffs,
  • 2008
  • Morris County Inns of Court
  • Maintaining and Enforcing Protective Orders - Not Over Until the Twelfth Of Never
  • 2007
  • Product Liability Advisory Council Fall Conference
  • Boon for Defendants: The Road from Plaintiff's Bankruptcy to Summary Judgment
  • 2006
  • National Forum on Off-Label Promotion of Pharmaceuticals
  • Litigating the Off-Label Case
  • 2005
  • IADC Midyear Meeting
  • Keeping Corporate Secrets Secret: Protecting and Enforcing Protective Orders
  • 2003
  • Product Liability Advisory Council 2001 Spring Conference
  • Crisis Management and Crisis Communication
  • 2001
  • ABA Litigation Section Meetings
  • Presentation of Evidence in the Electronic Courtroom
  • 2001
  • ICLE Product Liability: Update
  • The Presentation of Evidence in the Electronic Courtroom
  • 2000
  • ALI/ABA Fifth Annual Advanced CDefendants' Barsourse of Study for Plaintiffs' and
  • Medical Monitoring Classes Under Rule 23(b)(2) - The Ultimate Shell Game
  • 1999
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Princeton Defective and dangerous products Lawyer Anita Ruth Hotchkiss
Anita Ruth Hotchkiss
Defective and dangerous products Attorney
Princeton, NJ
Licensed for 48 years