About the authors

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Rod Freeman
+44 (0) 20 7556 4429
rfreeman@cooley.com
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Rod is an international products lawyer. He is routinely ranked as a leading product litigation lawyer in the major legal directories, where he is described as “the outstanding go-to specialist for product liability matters” and “without a shadow of a doubt the most knowledgeable product liability lawyer in the European space”. Rod works alongside the world’s leading global companies to help them solve their product-related issues, protect their reputations, defend their products and build more successful businesses. Rod is deeply embedded in the product liability and product safety community internationally, often working with policy-makers to help shape the future of product liability and product safety regulation.

With a background in high-stakes product liability litigation and more than 20 years devoted to international products law, Rod understands the challenges faced by international brand names in an increasingly risky global environment. Rod is one of only two product liability lawyers to be designated a “Star Individual” in the Chambers UK Guide, and is recognized as a “Leading Individual” in the recently published Legal 500 UK Guide.

 

Matt Howsare
+1 202 776 2053
mhowsare@cooley.com
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Matt has over a decade of experience with global product safety law. He regularly counsels consumer product companies on a wide range of safety and compliance issues starting at the product development stages and spanning all aspects of the consumer product life cycle.

He is the former Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel to the Chairman at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and current President of the International Consumer Products Health and Safety Organisation (ICPHSO) and current Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Consumer Products Regulation.

 

William O’Connor
+1 858 550 6002
woconnor@cooley.com
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Bill regularly counsels clients on a wide range of product issues, including regulatory compliance, risk assessment and mitigation, warning and labeling, and crisis management. He also has significant experience defending product designers and manufactures in litigation. Bill’s product liability advisement and litigation experience covers a wide range of product segments, including consumer products, medical devices, automotive, robotics and autonomous systems and industrial equipment.

 

Sascha Grimm
+44 (0) 20 7556 4165
sgrimm@cooley.com
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Sascha’s experience spans product liability litigation and regulatory investigations. She has particular experience in advising clients in times of crisis. Sascha is the Global Co-Chair of Cooley’s Women’s Initiative and is proud of Cooley’s initiatives on diversity and inclusiveness.

 

Jamie Humphreys
+44 (0) 20 7556 4419
jhumphreys@cooley.com
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Jamie is a strategic advisor to clients who face critical threats to their business at all stages of the product life cycle. He represents global brands in high-profile litigation, B2C and B2B product liability disputes, internal investigations and international recalls.

 

Claire Temple
+44 (0) 20 7556 4170
ctemple@cooley.com
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Claire helps world-leading tech players, consumer brands and emerging tech companies solve problems from compliance issues, to product launches and regulatory crisis. Responsible for Cooley’s UK trainee lawyers, Claire is passionate about improving diversity and inclusivity in the profession.

 

Andrew Barr
+1 720 566 4121
abarr@cooley.com
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Andrew regularly represents product designers and manufacturers in product liability and wrongful death suits filed in both the US and abroad. He also advises clients, including startups, on product liability and product safety issues.

 

Sarah-Jane Dobson
+44 (0) 20 7556 4432
sdobson@cooley.com
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Combining her general expertise in international product safety and liability (Legal 500 ‘Rising Star’ and ‘Next Generation Lawyer) with a background in science (degree in biomedical sciences), Sarah-Jane is uniquely placed to advise life sciences clients.

 

Fergal Duggan
+44 (0) 20 7556 4225
fduggan@cooley.com
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Fergal advises global companies on international product compliance obligations, particularly focusing on consumer products and new technologies. Fergal is also experienced in handling criminal regulatory investigations and large-scale, multi-jurisdiction recalls.

 

Carol Holley
+44 (0) 20 7556 4226
cholley@cooley.com
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Carol advises world-leading brands on complex product compliance and regulatory matters in the cosmetic, technology and consumer products sectors. She has a particular interest in policy work at an EU level, advising clients on new legislative developments.

 

Harriet Jones
+44 (0) 20 7556 4244
hjones@cooley.com
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Harriet regularly advises clients in the consumer products and cosmetics sectors. With experience of large-scale investigations, crisis management and recalls, Harriet helps in circumstances where there is a significant threat to the business or reputation of our clients.

 

Julia Maskell
+44 (0) 20 7556 4221
jmaskell@cooley.com
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Julia works with companies on a range of product compliance and safety matters, including international recalls, consumer disputes and regulatory investigations. She has experience working with companies across Cooley’s global platform in industries including technology, consumer products, medical devices and insurance.

 

Jasmin Motlagh
+1 310 883 6497
jmotlagh@cooley.com
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Jasmin’s practice focuses on defending consumer product manufacturers, aviation product manufacturers, aviation services companies and airlines in litigation. Her experience ranges from complex product liability matters and mass tort litigation to catastrophic personal injury claims and wrongful death matters.

 

Ed Turtle
+44 (0)20 7556 4462
eturtle@cooley.com
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Ed provides consumer law, product compliance, safety and liability advice for clients in the technology, healthcare and consumer products sectors. He helps manage global recalls, defend international consumer claims and assist stakeholders with forthcoming EU legislation and guidance.

 

Jessica Wallach
+1 858 550 6122
jwallach@cooley.com
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Jessica (“Jess”) defends large companies in consumer class action and product liability litigation. She has experience counselling a wide variety of clients, including clients in the ecommerce, tech, cosmetics and consumer products industries, in complex regulatory and product liability matters.

 

Tracey Bischofberger
+44 (0)20 7556 4213
tbischofberger@cooley.com
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Tracey co-ordinates advice on global product launches and worldwide corrective actions. She has an interest in regulatory issues associated with tech products and helps clients monitor upcoming legal developments.