BENNET SUSSER is a founding member and shareholder of the firm and heads the firm’s Products Liability and Life Science practice areas.
Mr. Susser has several professional passions centered on a complex litigation practice.
Mr. Susser is a seasoned commercial litigator, handling client representation in complex commercial, corporate, and contract litigation. He is actively involved in the firm’s ERISA litigation practice group, as well as the firm’s construction litigation practice, where he has represented owners, developers, general contractors, and subcontractors. In the real estate arena, Mr. Susser has been involved in litigations representing both landlords (he has substantial experience in commercial lease disputes in New Jersey and New York) and commercial tenants. Mr. Susser has a substantial collection/creditors’ rights practice. Rounding out his commercial-based expertise, he has been actively involved in intellectual property litigation, and has experience as a tax attorney for Arthur Andersen & Co.
Product Liability/Life Sciences
Mr. Susser has substantial experience in all aspects of a sophisticated product liability practice including service as national counsel for several mass tort and toxic tort litigations. He has coordinated the defense of major pharmaceutical (prescription, generic, and OTC) and medical device manufacturers in all phases of product liability and complex mass tort litigation (including DES, fen-phen, PPA, and latex gloves). Other representative cases include the defense of cosmetics, benzene, pesticide, blood factor, exercise equipment, and machine manufacturers, as well as asbestos and lead paint defendants. He represents health care professionals and facilities in a number of different types of litigation matters, including contractual disputes and New Jersey PIP arbitrations. Mr. Susser is well-versed in matters involving scientific and medical evidence. He critically evaluates medical and scientific literature and develops theories of alternate causation. Through his research skills, technology proficiency, and business background, he excels in understanding his clients’ businesses and stays on the cutting edge by following new developments.
Mr. Susser’s practice areas also include representing insurance companies in many capacities – on behalf of insureds, in disputes involving coverage issues, and in reinsurance litigation.
Given his experience, Mr. Susser is frequently called upon to research and analyze regulatory and statutory laws and advise clients on compliance.
Experience highlights include trial participation (bench and jury), mediation, and arbitration; locating, preparing and developing key experts; taking and defending thousands of depositions; arguing critical motions and drafting significant briefs; conducting settlement evaluations and negotiating mass settlements; and consistently obtaining excellent outcomes in an efficient and expeditious manner.
Non-Physician Research Chemist May Provide Expert Medical Causation Testimony 11 (ALFA Vol. 1, Issue 2, Winter 2005)
Government Contractor Defense Extends to Nonmilitary Contractors, Products Liability Perspectives 11 (ALFA Vol. 1, Issue 2, Winter 2005)
Daubert: The Media’s Mixed Messages, Scientific Evidence Review 172 (American Bar Association Monograph 2, July, 1994)
Expert Testimony to Assist in Understanding Human Behavior, Scientific Evidence Review 53 (American Bar Association Monograph 1, November, 1992)
The Use and Abuse of the Doubling Time Theory in Cancer Litigation, New Jersey Trial Lawyer 23 (September, 1991)
Achieving Parity in the Taxation of Nonresident Alien Entertainers, 5 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 613 (1986)