For over 35 years, Gerald Schneeweis has represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts. These include pharmaceutical, medical device, and other manufacturers in product liability litigation asserting claims of design and manufacturing defect, failure to warn and off-label promotion. He has acted as coordinating, regional, and local counsel in federal and state-wide coordinated proceedings, asserting product liability claims against life sciences manufacturers and research entities. He served as lead coordinating counsel in multi-plaintiff product liability litigation on behalf of a dermal filler manufacturer/clinical trial sponsor and several of its former executives, officers, and directors. He has also counseled manufacturers and insurers on various product liability issues, including adequacy of warnings, marketing, and FDA rules on promotion of off-label use.
In addition, Gerry has represented industrial, consumer, and agricultural research companies in product liability, breach of warranty, and breach of contract litigation. His experience also includes the representation of clients in design and engineering firms and retailers in commercial disputes, unfair competition, and business torts, as well as IP litigation.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
- Bar Licenses: California | Massachusetts
- Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit | U.S. District Ct., S.D. of California | U.S. District Ct., C.D. of California | U.S. District Ct., E.D. of California
American Bar Association - Litigation and IP Sections | American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) | Association of Business Trial Lawyers | Defense Research Institute, Drugs and Devices Committee | International Association of Defense Counsel | San Diego County Bar Association | American Bar Association - International Life Sciences and Health Law Committee of the International Law Section, Co-Chair
Author, "On the Banks of the Stream of Commerce: Why There Should Be No Individual "Product" Liability of Corporate Officers, Directors and Employees," Rx For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, August 12, 2019 | "Federal Circuit Clarifies USPTO Requirements Regarding Adequacy of Webpage as 'Specimen of Use' in Application for Federal Registration of Trademark," Clark Hill Intellectual Property Update, April 16, 2019 | Co-Author, "Supreme Court Affirms Vitality of Lanham Act Unfair Competition Claims in Two Separate Cases," International Association of Defense Counsel Business Litigation Committee Newsletter, July 2014 | "Justices Limit Exposure of Foreign Businesses to US Litigation," Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 7, 2011 | "Working With The Physician’s Counsel in Defending 'Off-Label Use' Litigation," Defense Research Institute - Rx for the Defense, October 2007