Christopher A. Seeger

Founding Partner
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Christopher A. Seeger

Founding Partner
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A founding partner of Seeger Weiss, Chris is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most versatile and accomplished plaintiff attorneys.

 

Since founding the firm in 1999, he has led some of the most complex, groundbreaking and high-profile litigations in the U.S., at both the state and federal level.

 

Chiefly known for multidistrict mass torts and class actions involving drug injury, toxic injury and personal injury, Chris’s versatile practice also includes product liability; property damage; consumer, insurance and securities fraud; antitrust; and third-party payer litigation.

 

Selected by the courts to serve as Lead Counsel, Co-Lead Counsel, Liaison Counsel, or member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive and/or Steering Committee in dozens of proceedings, Chris’s unique experience makes him one of the most knowledgeable and capable litigators, as well as a respected leader among his colleagues. In both capacities, he brings all his skill to bear to make sure his clients receive the compensation they deserve.

 

Chris is regularly quoted in the press as an authority in his field and as the plaintiff counsel in nationally and internationally prominent cases, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, CBS, CNBC, USA Today, Daily News, ESPN, HBO Sports, Law360 and Lawdragon.

 

He is consistently ranked as one of the best attorneys in America. The National Association of Distinguished Counsel has honored him as one of the “Nation’s Top One Percent” and the prestigious Chambers guide has ranked him a Band 1 lawyer. Lawdragon has called him a “battling titan” and a “legend” and the National Law Journal has called him a “trailblazer and pioneer” who has “changed the practice of litigation.”

 

Chris started his career as a corporate defense lawyer representing Big Business interests. Struck by the imbalance of power between corporations and the individuals victimized by them, he left to become a plaintiffs’ attorney. Now, whether a class action involving thousands of people against a multinational conglomerate or an individual case protecting one client’s rights, he fights with the same passion and conviction. As the son of a union carpenter who worked his way through school and a former amateur boxer, Chris believes in standing up for the little guy—and willing to go twelve rounds.

 

SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

 

  • In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2672 (N.D. Ca.). Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee by the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, representing individuals affected by the Volkswagen diesel emissions controversy. Served on the Settlement Committee and was one of the lead negotiators of a $21 billion settlement which includes a massive buyback program for consumers and billions of dollars for environmental remediation.

 

  • In re National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litig., MDL No. 2323 (E.D. Pa.). Appointed Co-Lead Class Counsel by the Honorable Anita Brody, serving as chief negotiator on behalf of plaintiffs in the highly visible and contentious multidistrict litigation against the National Football League. There, Chris faced significant legal and procedural challenges, including those associated with federal preemption, causation and sub-classing. Ultimately, he was able to surmount these hurdles and lead settlement negotiations under the auspices of a mediator, and in coordination with subclass counsel. The results achieved there—an uncapped settlement fund valued at approximately $1 billion and a medical testing program—were overwhelmingly supported by the class and received unprecedented media attention. This settlement was approved by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and certification of appeal was recently denied by the United States Supreme Court.

 

  • In re Testosterone Replacement Therapy Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 2545 (N.D. Ill.) Appointed Co-Lead Counsel by the Honorable Matthew Kennelly, representing the interests of individuals who were injured by testosterone medications.

 

  • In re Fresenius Granuflo/Naturalyte Dialysate Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 2428 (D. Mass.). Appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee by the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock.

 

  • In re Zyprexa Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 1596 (E.D.N.Y.). Appointed as Liaison Counsel by the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein, serving as one of the chief negotiators in connection with a national $700 million settlement with Eli Lilly for over 8,000 claims that Zyprexa caused diabetes-related injuries. This was followed by a $500 million second-round settlement. Chris was the first to conceive of and use a global lien resolution administrator in the class or mass action context to resolve government and/or third party liens, resulting in significant savings and quicker payments to class members.

 

  • In Re: Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Prods. Multidistrict Litig., MDL No. 2197 (N.D. Ohio). Appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee by the Honorable David A. Katz, involved in negotiating an almost $3 billion settlement.

 

  • In re Yasmin and YAZ Marketing, Sales Practices and Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 2100 (S.D. Ill.). Appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee by the Honorable David R. Herndon. Was the first to settle own clients’ cases, which ultimately led to the creation of nationwide settlement program exceeding $2 billion.

 

  • In re Vioxx Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 1657 (E.D. La.). Unanimously selected by the plaintiffs’ lawyers as Co-Lead Counsel and appointed by the Honorable Eldon E. Fallo. Developed the overall litigation strategy for the approximately 27,000 separate cases against Merck & Co., securing a settlement for $4.85 billion following five years of intense litigation, but mere months after obtaining a jury verdict of $47.5 million in a client’s bellwether trial (Humeston v. Merck & Co., Inc., case no. ATL-L-2272-03, N.J. Super. Ct. Atlantic County). Conceived and used a global lien resolution administrator, resulting in significant savings and quicker payments to class members.

 

  • In re Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 2047 (E.D. La.). Appointed as Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Trial Committee by the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon in, serving as lead trial counsel in obtaining successful verdicts in a succession of bellwether liability and damages trials on behalf close to 5,000 property owners who used the allegedly toxic drywall, many in rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. These verdicts served as the precursor to a national settlement valued at approximately $1 billion with worldwide drywall distributor Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) in 2011.

 

  • In re Invokana (Canagliflozin) Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 2750 (D.N.J.). Appointed by the Honorable Brian R. Martinotti as Co-Lead Counsel of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in on January 24, 2017. Case pending.

 

  • In re Actos (Pioglitazone) Prods. Liab. Litig., Case no. 6:11-md-2299 (W.D. La.). Appointed by the Honorable Rebecca F. Doherty to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in Obtained a jury verdict of $9 billion in punitive damages, the seventh-largest verdict in US history (later reduced to $36.8 million), against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Asia’s largest drug maker, and marketing partner Eli Lilly & Co., on behalf of plaintiffs who developed bladder cancer result from their Actos diabetes drug.

 

  • In re Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 1407 (W.D. Wash.). Served as principal negotiator and Co-Lead Counsel in the nationwide settlement of all PPA (phenylpropanolamine)-related injuries resulting from the ingestion of weight loss product Dexatrim. Was involved in the litigation against numerous other manufacturers of pharmaceuticals containing PPA, serving on the MDL Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Western District of Washington and as Liaison Counsel in the New York state court litigation. Plaintiffs were awarded over $40 million.

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EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

 

Bar Admissions

New York

New Jersey

U.S. District Courts of the Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, District of Colorado

 

Education

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1990

Hunter College of the City University of New York, B.A., summa cum laude, 1987

 

Cardozo Law Alumnus of the Year Award, 2009

Managing Editor of the Cardozo Law Review

Hunter College Distinguished Alumni Lawyer Award, 2013

Hunter College Alumni Hall of Fame, 2007

 

 

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS

American Bar Association

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

New Jersey State Bar Association

New York State Trial Lawyers Association

International Society of Barristers

American Bar Foundation

American Association for Justice

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Elected Member, American Law Institute

Advisory Board, RAND Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation

 

Advisory Board, Center on Civil Justice at New York University School of Law

Advisory Council, Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies

Dean’s Advisory Counsel, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Board of Trustees, Hunter College Foundation

Pre-Law Advisory Board, Hunter College

 

Pro Bono

Human Rights First

Hunter College

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA)

 

PUBLICATIONS & TEACHING

 

Teaching

Former Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy and Complex Litigation (advanced level), Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

 

Lectures & Panels

“Exceptional Training Opportunity for Young Associates by Leading Judges and Practitioners”

Bridge Program Conference

Emory University School of Law

Atlanta, GA, September 14, 2017

 

“Limits on Judicial Participation in and Approval of Non-class Settlements”

Multi-district Litigation Roundtable

George Washington University Law School

Washington, D.C., April 27, 2017

 

“Case Management Techniques: What Helps, What Backfires, and How to Get to Efficient Resolution”

FJC/JPML Conference

Emory Law: The Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims

Atlanta, GA, December 14, 2016

 

“There’s No Place like Home: The Pros and Cons of Lexecon Waivers and Bellwether Trials in the Modern MDL”

Current Issues in Pharma, Medical Device and Biotech Litigation

American Bar Association (regional CLE workshop)

Philadelphia, PA, November 4, 2016

 

“Bellwether Trials? Purpose, Including Whether to Eliminate Them Altogether, Selection, and Early Dismissal”

Emerging Issues in Mass-Tort MDLs Conference (Invitation Only)

Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies

Washington, D.C., October 28, 2016

 

“NFL – The challenges and rewards of serving as lead counsel in one of the most highly publicized class actions in history”

Cutting-Edge Bet the Company Mega Class Action CLE

Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School

Portland, OR, February 16, 2016

 

“Trials & Error: The NFL Concussion Settlement”

The Forum on Law, Culture & Society (FOLCS)

NYU School of Law

New York, NY, February 2, 2016

 

“Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Fraud: Arguments for Potential Transfer Venues”

Plaintiff-Only Hot Topics and Trends Litigation Seminar

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

New Orleans, LA, December 2, 2015

 

“Common Benefit Fund”

Second Multidistrict Litigation Institute Conference

Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies

Washington, D.C., November 9, 2015

 

“Common Benefit Fund/Attorney Fees”

Future of Multidistrict Litigation Conference

Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies

Washington, D.C., May 2, 2013

 

AWARDS

Chambers USA, Tier 1 Nationwide in Product Liability: Plaintiffs, 2017

Nation’s Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015-2017

Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs and Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, 2006-2018

Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America, 2010

Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2007-2017

Lawdragon Legends – 50 lawyers who made the Lawdragon 500 list 10 consecutive years, 2015

The Trial Lawyer RoundTable: Top 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, 2016

National Law Journal, Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers and Pioneers, 2014

New York Super Lawyers, 2006-2017

New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2006-2017

New Jersey Law Journal Top 20 Personal Injury Awards of the Year, 2007

 

National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2016-2017

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Cardozo Law Alumnus of the Year, 2009

Hunter College Alumni Hall of Fame, 2007

Hunter College Distinguished Alumni Lawyer Award, 2013

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