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John F. Kuppens

John F. Kuppens

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
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Columbia, SC 29201
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Washington, D.C., 20001
john.kuppens@nelsonmullins.com
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John has over 30 years’ experience representing clients in product liability and commercial litigation in state and federal courts across the country, including as national and regional counsel. He also counsels clients on CPSC, FTC, and FDA regulatory matters and on risk prevention issues.

He is a current officer of Lawyers for Civil Justice and was 2017–2018...

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John has over 30 years’ experience representing clients in product liability and commercial litigation in state and federal courts across the country, including as national and regional counsel. He also counsels clients on CPSC, FTC, and FDA regulatory matters and on risk prevention issues.

He is a current officer of Lawyers for Civil Justice and was 2017–2018 president of DRI, the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel.

John F. Kuppens

president of DRI, the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel.

John has over 30 years’ experience representing clients in product liability and commercial litigation in state and federal courts across the country, including as national and regional counsel. He also counsels clients on CPSC, FTC, and FDA regulatory matters and on risk prevention issues.

He is a current officer of Lawyers for Civil Justice and was 2017–2018... president of DRI, the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel.

Experience

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Experience

  • Has defended product liability cases involving a wide range of products, including automobiles, heavy trucks, boilers, lawn and garden products, building products, food products, medical devices, electrical and gas–fired appliances, aerial lifts, and textile machinery
  • Has evaluated products to assess compliance with consumer product safety regulations, including products governed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and Food & Drug Administration
  • Has evaluated corporate product safety risk management systems and has counseled regarding regulatory compliance and liability prevention
  • Has counseled clients regarding product liability risk prevention issues and has evaluated product literature, warnings, labeling, and warranties

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1989)
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Graduate Certificate, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Law and Compliance (2021)
  • Clemson University, BS, Accounting (1986)

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

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  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Faculty Member, Trial Academy (2007)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Past Member, Legal Task Force, Sports & Fitness Industry Association
  • International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization
  • Vice President, Lawyers for Civil Justice (2021–2022)
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
    • Immediate Past President (2018–2019)
    • President (2017–2018)
    • Past National Director
    • Past Chair, Product Liability Committee
    • Past Chair, Young Lawyers Committee
  • Board of Directors, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association (2009–2014)
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