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Richard B. North, Jr.

Richard B. North, Jr.

Partner

Atlantic Station
201 17th Street NW
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363
richard.north@nelsonmullins.com

Richard is an accomplished trial lawyer in the areas of medical device, pharmaceutical, and aviation litigation with a national practice. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Richard has tried cases in 12 states and has been actively involved in pre-trial and discovery activities in every other state in the country, as well...

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Richard is an accomplished trial lawyer in the areas of medical device, pharmaceutical, and aviation litigation with a national practice. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Richard has tried cases in 12 states and has been actively involved in pre-trial and discovery activities in every other state in the country, as well as in the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico. He also has extensive experience in the role of lead defense counsel in multiple multidistrict litigation proceedings (MDLs).

Richard leads a team of 18 lawyers in several offices of the firm who have worked closely with him in successfully handling MDLs and other litigation with a national scope. Together, with the assistance of numerous other attorneys throughout Nelson Mullins’ nationwide platform, the team has successfully litigated and resolved thousands of cases around the country.

Richard also has substantial appellate experience. A former law clerk for the late Albert Henderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, he has handled multiple appeals before the Eleventh Circuit, as well as cases before all of the appellate courts in Georgia. He is also frequently called upon by defense organizations to author amicus briefs in courts throughout the country.

Richard is also a dedicated advocate for diversity in the legal profession, and he has been recognized for the diversity of his team and the trial teams he has developed.

Richard B. North, Jr.

as in the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico. He also has extensive experience in the role of lead defense counsel in multiple multidistrict litigation proceedings (MDLs).

Richard leads a team of 18 lawyers in several offices of the firm who have worked closely with him in successfully handling MDLs and other litigation with a national scope. Together, with the assistance of numerous other attorneys throughout Nelson Mullins’ nationwide platform, the team has successfully litigated and resolved thousands of cases around the country.

Richard also has substantial appellate experience. A former law clerk for the late Albert Henderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, he has handled multiple appeals before the Eleventh Circuit, as well as cases before all of the appellate courts in Georgia. He is also frequently called upon by defense organizations to author amicus briefs in courts throughout the country.

Richard is also a dedicated advocate for diversity in the legal profession, and he has been recognized for the diversity of his team and the trial teams he has developed.

Richard is an accomplished trial lawyer in the areas of medical device, pharmaceutical, and aviation litigation with a national practice. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Richard has tried cases in 12 states and has been actively involved in pre-trial and discovery activities in every other state in the country, as well... as in the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico. He also has extensive experience in the role of lead defense counsel in multiple multidistrict litigation proceedings (MDLs).

Richard leads a team of 18 lawyers in several offices of the firm who have worked closely with him in successfully handling MDLs and other litigation with a national scope. Together, with the assistance of numerous other attorneys throughout Nelson Mullins’ nationwide platform, the team has successfully litigated and resolved thousands of cases around the country.

Richard also has substantial appellate experience. A former law clerk for the late Albert Henderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, he has handled multiple appeals before the Eleventh Circuit, as well as cases before all of the appellate courts in Georgia. He is also frequently called upon by defense organizations to author amicus briefs in courts throughout the country.

Richard is also a dedicated advocate for diversity in the legal profession, and he has been recognized for the diversity of his team and the trial teams he has developed.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Has served as national counsel for a medical device manufacturer in litigation involving vascular devices and urological products, including as lead counsel in multiple MDLs.
  • Tried cases in courts throughout the country and has also advised clients on litigation matters in international jurisdictions.
  • Tried multiple Bellwether cases in MDLs as lead trial counsel.
  • Has orchestrated and led the litigation of hundreds of cases throughout the country that were remanded from an MDL.
  • Has served as regional counsel for heavy machinery manufacturers.
  • Coordinated the development of epidemiology and regulatory experts as a part of the firm’s national representation of a major pharmaceutical company.

Representative Matters

Some appeals in which Richard has been involved, which impacted Georgia law, include the following:

  • Ellis v. C. R. Bard, Inc., 311 F.3d 1272 (11th Cir. 2002) (learned intermediary defense)
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc. v. Townsend, 279 Ga. 511 (2005) (dram shop liability of air carrier)
  • Ogletree v. Navistar International Transportation Corp., 245 Ga. App. 1 (2000) (proximate cause in multi-stage manufacturing process)
  • International Harvester Co. v. Cunningham, 245 Ga. App. 736 (2000) (product manufacturer’s rights in discovery)

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD
    • Dillard Fellow
  • Harvard University, BA, History and Literature, cum laude

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, Judge Albert Henderson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Sustaining Member, Product Liability Advisory Council
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
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