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Eric A. Paine

Eric A. Paine

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
eric.paine@nelsonmullins.com

As a lawyer focused in the sciences, Eric’s practice concentrates on medical and scientific issues in the defense of pharmaceutical products liability litigation, which involves analysis and understanding of peer-reviewed epidemiologic studies and clinical trials, extensive study of disease processes, risk factors, treatments and outcomes, and close working relationships with a network of experts in...

As a lawyer focused in the sciences, Eric’s practice concentrates on medical and scientific issues in the defense of pharmaceutical products liability litigation, which involves analysis and understanding of peer-reviewed epidemiologic studies and clinical trials, extensive study of disease processes, risk factors, treatments and outcomes, and close working relationships with a network of experts in some of the nation's most respected hospitals and universities.

Eric A. Paine

some of the nation's most respected hospitals and universities.

As a lawyer focused in the sciences, Eric’s practice concentrates on medical and scientific issues in the defense of pharmaceutical products liability litigation, which involves analysis and understanding of peer-reviewed epidemiologic studies and clinical trials, extensive study of disease processes, risk factors, treatments and outcomes, and close working relationships with a network of experts in... some of the nation's most respected hospitals and universities.

Experience

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  • Frequently called upon to help formulate and execute defense strategies in mass tort litigation based on reliable scientific evidence and Daubert challenges to plaintiffs’ experts
  • Member of trial teams that won defense verdicts in the first three MDL bellwether trials involving Factor Xa inhibitor anticoagulant litigation
  • Member of science team that achieved dismissal of thousands of cases based on Daubert rulings involving claims that a statin medication caused Type 2 diabetes
  • Member of trial teams that achieved 6 defense verdicts in a row in federal and state court hormone therapy cases
  • Decades of experience in products liability litigation involving prescription pharmaceuticals, OTC medications, infectious disease as well as environmental and occupational exposures
  • Experience handling cases with a variety of injury and disease processes including cancer, lung disease, heart disease, stroke, intracranial hemorrhage, liver disease, diabetes, neuropathy, hyperlipidemia, pulmonary hypertension, arrhythmia, vascular disease, internal bleeding, and cognitive disorders

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1994)
    • Served on the Editorial Board of the South Carolina Law Review
    • Order of Wig and Robe
    • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards for Constitutional Law and Torts
  • University of South Carolina, Honors College, BA, International Relations, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1991)

Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • The Best Lawyers in America®, – Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice (2021–2023), Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions -- Defendants (2023), Product Liability Litigation -- Defendants (2023)
  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
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