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Eric G. Lasker - Washington, DC

1350 I Street, Northwest Washington, DC 20005

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Updated: 08/16/2019

Washington Complex Litigation Lawyer

Overview

Eric G. Lasker litigates a wide variety of complex civil matters, with a current focus on toxic torts, environmental litigation, and pharmaceutical products liability. He has successfully represented his clients' interests as lead counsel in multi-district litigation, mass torts, jury trials and bench proceedings, and in oral argument in multiple federal courts of appeal and state supreme courts. In 2013, Mr. Lasker was named by Law360 as one of its five national Product Liability MVPs.

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Eric G. Lasker litigates a wide variety of complex civil matters, with a current focus on toxic torts, environmental litigation, and pharmaceutical products liability. He has successfully represented his clients' interests as lead counsel in multi-district litigation, mass torts, jury trials and bench proceedings, and in oral argument in multiple federal courts of appeal and state supreme courts. In 2013, Mr. Lasker was named by Law360 as one of its five national Product Liability MVPs.

Mr. Lasker was recognized by The American Lawyer as "Litigator of the Week" and featured on the Bloomberg News program "Rainmakers" for his work in securing a victory for Firm client, DynCorp International. DynCorp is a contractor to the U.S. Department of State and assists with the joint United States-Colombia war-on-drugs initiatives known as “Plan Colombia.” In 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment to DynCorp, dismissing claims brought by 3,200 Ecuadorans for alleged personal injury and property damage in connection with counternarcotics aerial herbicide spraying operations in southern Colombia because plaintiffs failed to present reliable evidence linking those claimed injuries and damage to the spraying operations. See Arias, et al. v. DynCorp, et al., 928 F. Supp.2d 10, 2013 WL 821168 (D.D.C. Feb. 19, 2013). Mr. Lasker subsequently defended those victories before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. See Arias v. DynCorp, 752 F.3d 1011 (D.C. Cir. 2014). In 2017, he secured a complete defense verdict in a jury trial of six test plaintiffs' remaining emotional distress claims.

Mr. Lasker has significant experience defending against all matter of legal claims involving FDA-regulated and EPA-regulated products and alleged toxins and environmental contaminants. He has represented clients in pharmaceutical products liability claims involving antipsychotic medications, obstetrical drugs, antifungals, antiepileptics, contact and intraocular lenses, and cough/cold medicines, and in toxics/environmental matters involving herbicides, asbestos, lead, nonionizing radiation, arsenic, and chemical solvents. He has represented clients in matters arising both in the United States and abroad, and in matters arising under both domestic and international law. Mr. Lasker's practice also includes matters involving sensitive national security issues, and he has represented his clients’ interests in meetings with both U.S. and foreign government officials. He has extensive expertise in developing and implementing sophisticated medical causation and science-based defenses, and he has successfully litigated issues involving Daubert, the federal preemption defense, and natural resource damages claims. See New Mexico v. General Electric, 467 F.3d 1223 (10th Cir. 2006). He also assists clients in due diligence investigations as relates to environmental and toxics liabilities and through an active amicus practice on behalf of various industry organizations, including the United States Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and the American Coatings Association, among others.

Mr. Lasker played a prominent role in helping to establish asbestos defendants’ rights to insurance non-products coverage through a successful amicus effort that secured one of the seminal judicial opinions recognizing the existence of such coverage, litigation efforts resulting in securing several hundreds of millions of dollars in asbestos non-products insurance recoveries, and oral presentations and publications on issues involving non-products coverage. He has also defended personal injury claims in asbestos litigation, advancing medical causation defenses as the asbestos litigation has extended to tertiary and even more remotely-situated corporate defendants.

In 2018, Mr. Lasker participated in a roundtable discussion on a potential amendment to FRE 702 sponsored by the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence and held at the University of Denver, Strum College of Law.

Mr. Lasker is frequently requested to speak and publish on issues of interest to his clients. He is the recipient of the 2012 George Yancey Memorial Award and the 2014 Burton Award for excellence in legal writing.

Mr. Lasker is named in the 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences for Product Liability and as an expert by Who's Who Legal 2018 for Product Liability Defence. He is listed as a 2019 AV Preeminent® Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell™, and in the 2019 Washington, DC edition of Super Lawyers. In 2013, he was named by Law360 as one of its five national Product Liability MVPs. He previously served as the Chair of the International Association of Defense Counsel Toxics & Hazardous Substances Committee and on the Board of Editors of LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy newsletter. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

About Eric G. Lasker

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation
  • Environmental
  • Natural Resource Damages
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Toxic Torts & Products Liability

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado

Education

  • Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut, 1990
    J.D.
    Honors: Coker Fellow
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1987
    B.A.
    Honors: summa cum laude

Office Information

Address

1350 I Street, Northwest Washington, DC 20005

Fax

  • (202) 682-1639

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Eric G. Lasker

Included on the 2024 Washington DC list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Washington DC Super Lawyers list

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