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Tiffany Alexander

Tiffany Alexander

Partner

1000 Westlakes Drive
Suite 275
Berwyn, PA 19312
Six PPG Place
Suite 700
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tiffany.Alexander@nelsonmullins.com

Tiffany practices in the areas of product liability, personal injury, and complex civil litigation on behalf of corporate clients and product manufacturers. She serves as national and trial counsel for a leading automotive manufacturer and handles a variety of product design and negligence matters for a variety of product manufacturers throughout the country. She has...

Tiffany practices in the areas of product liability, personal injury, and complex civil litigation on behalf of corporate clients and product manufacturers. She serves as national and trial counsel for a leading automotive manufacturer and handles a variety of product design and negligence matters for a variety of product manufacturers throughout the country. She has successfully tried and litigated numerous catastrophic injury cases in which a wide variety of products were alleged to have been defectively or negligently designed, including automobiles, forklifts, motorcycles, farming equipment, and consumer products.

Before beginning her legal career, and while attending law school at night, Tiffany was a Service and Parts Director for an automobile dealership in New Jersey. This pre-law business and management experience gives her a unique perspective and insight into the manufacturing sector and the automotive industry specifically.

She has been recognized nationally by Chambers USA in the publication’s 2022 rankings as a leading attorney in New Jersey for the area of Litigation: Product Liability. She has also received repeat distinction from Best Lawyers in America in the area of Product Liability Litigation – Defendants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. In 2020, Tiffany was named an “Elite Boutique Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. She was selected for not only her legal practice, but also for being a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion and mentoring in the legal profession.

Tiffany Alexander

successfully tried and litigated numerous catastrophic injury cases in which a wide variety of products were alleged to have been defectively or negligently designed, including automobiles, forklifts, motorcycles, farming equipment, and consumer products.

Before beginning her legal career, and while attending law school at night, Tiffany was a Service and Parts Director for an automobile dealership in New Jersey. This pre-law business and management experience gives her a unique perspective and insight into the manufacturing sector and the automotive industry specifically.

She has been recognized nationally by Chambers USA in the publication’s 2022 rankings as a leading attorney in New Jersey for the area of Litigation: Product Liability. She has also received repeat distinction from Best Lawyers in America in the area of Product Liability Litigation – Defendants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. In 2020, Tiffany was named an “Elite Boutique Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. She was selected for not only her legal practice, but also for being a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion and mentoring in the legal profession.

Tiffany practices in the areas of product liability, personal injury, and complex civil litigation on behalf of corporate clients and product manufacturers. She serves as national and trial counsel for a leading automotive manufacturer and handles a variety of product design and negligence matters for a variety of product manufacturers throughout the country. She has... successfully tried and litigated numerous catastrophic injury cases in which a wide variety of products were alleged to have been defectively or negligently designed, including automobiles, forklifts, motorcycles, farming equipment, and consumer products.

Before beginning her legal career, and while attending law school at night, Tiffany was a Service and Parts Director for an automobile dealership in New Jersey. This pre-law business and management experience gives her a unique perspective and insight into the manufacturing sector and the automotive industry specifically.

She has been recognized nationally by Chambers USA in the publication’s 2022 rankings as a leading attorney in New Jersey for the area of Litigation: Product Liability. She has also received repeat distinction from Best Lawyers in America in the area of Product Liability Litigation – Defendants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. In 2020, Tiffany was named an “Elite Boutique Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. She was selected for not only her legal practice, but also for being a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion and mentoring in the legal profession.

Experience

The 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.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a full defense verdict in a wrongful death and personal injury crashworthiness case in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Plaintiffs alleged that they sustained enhanced injuries in a frontal crash due to the failure of the rear seat belts, which caused the rear occupants to forcefully load their seatbacks. Plaintiffs’ liability expert opined that both rear seat occupants were wearing their seat belts, yet they both failed simultaneously in the crash and ineffectively restrained them. The defense experts testified that the rear seat restraints, which were state of the art and equipped with dual locking retractors, were safely and properly designed and did not fail in this crash. Moreover, the physical evidence demonstrated that the rear occupants were not wearing their seat belts. After five days of trial, the jury deliberated for just 30 minutes and returned a verdict for the defense
  • Obtained a full defense verdict in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in a crashworthiness case involving a door latch defect allegation on an SUV. Plaintiff claimed she was ejected from the left rear seat due to a defective door latch, which she alleged opened following an impact with an oncoming vehicle, resulting in a shattered right eye socket and a fracture of her C7 vertebrae. Plaintiff’s expert opined that the left rear door latch failed when the vehicle spun after impact, and had it remained intact, plaintiff would not have been ejected, nor would she have sustained any serious injuries. Defense experts demonstrated that based on the physical evidence on the door frame and the latch itself, it stayed latched throughout the event, and plaintiff was in fact ejected through the left rear window after the glass was shattered by the initial impact. Following a two-day trial and 40 minutes of deliberations, the jury returned a full defense verdict
  • Obtained a full dismissal in the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, Pennsylvania in a products liability case involving heavy-duty truck. Plaintiff purchased the vehicle new from a third party and contracted with a vehicle modifier to make significant modifications, including the installation of an after-market hydraulic system. Plaintiff asserted negligence and strict liability claims against the defendants, alleging that a vehicle fire occurred due to the hydraulic system. Focusing on an unrelated recall, the vehicle modifier joined the manufacturer. The defense argued that the asserted recall was not applicable to the subject vehicle and that the fire was clearly caused by the aftermarket hydraulic components designed, manufactured, and installed by modifier. On the morning of trial, all claims and cross-claims were dismissed
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an auto manufacturer in Passaic County, New Jersey, in a crashworthiness case involving allegations of airbag and seat belt defect. Plaintiff claimed that she was injured when the airbag deployed following a frontal crash. Discovery revealed that the vehicle had been disposed of prior to suit, and there was no evidence of seat belt or airbag failure proven. The court found there was no factual or expert evidence to establish a prima facie case of defect in the vehicle and dismissed all claims
  • Obtained a dismissal of all claims following a pre-trial risk-utility hearing in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in a personal injury case involving allegations of product defect and failure to warn. The court determined, after a two-day hearing, that the plaintiff’s expert’s methodology and opinions were not sufficient to meet the Frye standard and precluded the expert from testifying at trial. Absent expert testimony, plaintiff was unable to provide any admissible evidence of causation, therefore the court granted a renewed motion for summary judgment and dismissed all claims

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law, JD (2002)
  • University of Pittsburgh, BS, Business and Psychology (1994)

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
    • Board of Directors (2020–present)
    • FedCIVILITY Chair (2021-2023)
    • Diversity Committee Co-Chair (2022)
    • FedServes Co-chair (2020–2021)
    • Product Liability Committee Chair (2018–2019)
    • Corporate Counsel Symposium Co-Chair (2018–2019)
    • Trial Masters Program, Chair (2017)
    • Deposition Boot Camp — faculty member
    • FedLife membered Civility Committee member
  • Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC)
  • American Bar Association — coordinator and chair of numerous CLE programs including the 2009 and 2011 Emerging Issues in Product Liability program and Women in Transportation
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Automobile Law Committee — former chair
  • American Bar Association, TIPS, Product Liability Committee — vice chair
  • American Bar Association, TIPS Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism — former vice chair
  • American Bar Association, TIPS, National Trial Academy Committee, vice chair
  • TIPS and American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), National Trial Academy — graduate and faculty member
  • TIPS Leadership Academy — graduate
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Chester County Bar Association