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Terri S. Reiskin

Terri S. Reiskin

Partner

101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, D.C., 20001
100 S. Charles Street
Suite 1600
Baltimore, MD 21201
terri.reiskin@nelsonmullins.com
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Terri is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on class action defense and mass torts, including lead counsel in MDLs and serving as national coordinating counsel. Her work centers on product-related litigation, particularly in the automotive and medical device industries, and includes the defense of numerous consumer class actions in courts around the country. She...

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Terri is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on class action defense and mass torts, including lead counsel in MDLs and serving as national coordinating counsel. Her work centers on product-related litigation, particularly in the automotive and medical device industries, and includes the defense of numerous consumer class actions in courts around the country. She is recognized as a leading class action defense lawyer by legal ranking organizations Chambers USA and The Legal 500. In addition to her class action and MDL work, she has also defended numerous individual product liability cases involving a variety of products, including automobiles, trucks, food products, and medical devices, including hip implants, breast implants, bone screws, latex gloves, and pacemakers. Terri is experienced at creating high-level strategies for bringing challenging and bet-the-company litigation to a successful resolution, while also mastering the details of the products, company-specific, and industry issues at stake. She is skilled at working with groups of defense counsel or in a “virtual law firm.” Her first-chair trial experience includes trial of class actions and individual products liability cases. She has also served as appellate counsel and has authored a number of amicus briefs. In addition to her work in the automotive and medical device industries, she has defended Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions.

Terri S. Reiskin

is recognized as a leading class action defense lawyer by legal ranking organizations Chambers USA and The Legal 500. In addition to her class action and MDL work, she has also defended numerous individual product liability cases involving a variety of products, including automobiles, trucks, food products, and medical devices, including hip implants, breast implants, bone screws, latex gloves, and pacemakers. Terri is experienced at creating high-level strategies for bringing challenging and bet-the-company litigation to a successful resolution, while also mastering the details of the products, company-specific, and industry issues at stake. She is skilled at working with groups of defense counsel or in a “virtual law firm.” Her first-chair trial experience includes trial of class actions and individual products liability cases. She has also served as appellate counsel and has authored a number of amicus briefs. In addition to her work in the automotive and medical device industries, she has defended Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions.

Terri is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on class action defense and mass torts, including lead counsel in MDLs and serving as national coordinating counsel. Her work centers on product-related litigation, particularly in the automotive and medical device industries, and includes the defense of numerous consumer class actions in courts around the country. She... is recognized as a leading class action defense lawyer by legal ranking organizations Chambers USA and The Legal 500. In addition to her class action and MDL work, she has also defended numerous individual product liability cases involving a variety of products, including automobiles, trucks, food products, and medical devices, including hip implants, breast implants, bone screws, latex gloves, and pacemakers. Terri is experienced at creating high-level strategies for bringing challenging and bet-the-company litigation to a successful resolution, while also mastering the details of the products, company-specific, and industry issues at stake. She is skilled at working with groups of defense counsel or in a “virtual law firm.” Her first-chair trial experience includes trial of class actions and individual products liability cases. She has also served as appellate counsel and has authored a number of amicus briefs. In addition to her work in the automotive and medical device industries, she has defended Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions.

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

  • Co-Lead MDL counsel in metal-on-metal hip implant litigation
  • Lead MDL class action counsel for a major automobile manufacturer in litigation relating to Takata airbag inflator ruptures
  • Lead counsel in numerous product-based class actions against automobile manufacturers and suppliers
  • National and regional counsel to a major U.S. automobile manufacturer in product liability litigation
  • First-chair trial counsel in individual product liability and class action cases
  • Numerous medical device cases involving silicone gel breast implants, bone screws, latex gloves, pacemakers, knee implants, and hip implants
  • National coordinating counsel on preemption issues for a major US automobile manufacturer
  • Experience with defense of Telephone Consumer Protection Act and FDCPA class actions
  • National coordinating counsel to a fast-food chain for hot coffee litigation
  • Appellate counsel in product liability cases, including briefing and oral argument in state and federal courts nationwide
  • Author of amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts

Previous Professional Experience

  • Washington, D.C. office of national law firm (2011–2021)
    • Head of Class Actions Defense Team (2020–2021)
    • Practice Group Leader, Products, Class Actions, and Professional Liability Group (2016–2020)
  • Name Partner, D.C. litigation boutique (2006–2011)
  • Associate and Partner, international law firm (1985–2005)

Education

  • Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude
  • Princeton University, AB, magna cum laude

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • 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 Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Clerkships

  • Judicial Law Clerk, The Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Nationwide Product Liability: Consumer Class Actions (2021)
    • Chambers 2021 notes that Reiskin “is particularly noted for her representation of automotive manufacturers, while also offering experience across a broad range of consumer and product liability claims.” Clients commented, "She is very good as a litigator and strategist." "She is really good on the technical side of cases." "She's a really sharp lawyer who really knows the space."
  • The Legal 500 United States, Leading Lawyer in Dispute Resolution — Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Automotive/Transport (2018–2021)
    • Transport: Rail and Road — Litigation (2018–2019)
    • Clients note she is “an extremely talented class action lawyer.”
  • International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, annual compendium by Law Business Research Limited (multiple years)
  • AV® Rating by Martindale–Hubbell
  • American Bar Association
  • DRI — The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Products Liability Advisory Council
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Litigation Counsel of America
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