Allison M. Brown

Allison M. Brown

Partner, Mass Torts, Insurance and Consumer Litigation

Allison Brown is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and experienced litigator who handles a wide range of complex matters, including product liability, mass torts, commercial and environmental actions. She has served as lead trial counsel in numerous high-profile cases around the country.

Bio

Ms. Brown was recognized as a Law360 2020 Product Liability MVP in the publication’s ranking of the five most valuable product liability lawyers in the country for her “string of victories representing Johnson & Johnson” in high-stakes jury trials.

As lead trial counsel, Ms. Brown recently secured a Missouri state court victory for Johnson & Johnson following a two-week jury trial in which the plaintiff sought up to $5 billion in damages for the development of ovarian cancer allegedly caused by her use of Johnson’s baby powder. After deliberating for only a few hours, the jury found that Johnson & Johnson neither failed to warn consumers nor was negligent in manufacturing and selling Johnson’s baby powder. In selecting this case as No. 2 on its list of the Top 10 Most Impressive Defense Verdicts of 2019, Courtroom View Network highlighted that the defense win came “in a venue known for large plaintiff verdicts,” and was secured “the same day closing arguments concluded” despite “potentially explosive recall news.”

Prior to joining Skadden, Ms. Brown served as lead trial counsel in a wide range of matters. Her representations include:

  • Johnson & Johnson in:
    • a personal injury action in South Carolina state court alleging contraction of peritoneal mesothelioma from exposure to Johnson’s baby powder. Following a two-week jury trial in May 2019, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the company;
    • a personal injury action in New Jersey state court alleging contraction of pleural mesothelioma from exposure to Johnson’s baby powder. Following a four-week jury trial, in March 2019 the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the company;
    • a personal injury action in New Jersey state court alleging contraction of pleural mesothelioma from exposure to Johnson’s baby powder. Following a four-week jury trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of the company; and
    • a multidistrict litigation in New Jersey federal court involving more than 15,000 plaintiffs alleging they contracted ovarian cancer from exposure to Johnson’s baby powder. Following a two-week Daubert general causation hearing, the court denied all of the plaintiffs’ challenges to Johnson & Johnson’s experts and excluded significant proffered testimony from two of the plaintiffs’ experts.
  • Repsol, a Spanish energy company, in a billion-dollar complex environmental action concerning pollution of the Passaic River in New Jersey. Ms. Brown successfully argued a significant summary judgment motion on an alter ego theory of liability, effectively eliminating claims against the company in this decade-long litigation;
  • Procter & Gamble in a consumer fraud class action lawsuit regarding a popular probiotic;
  • a transportation equipment leasing company in an international mass tort arising from a major train derailment in Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, which involved complex bankruptcy and contractual indemnification issues. She also served as lead trial counsel for the same company in a first-of-its-kind multimillion-dollar breach of contract case regarding damage to transportation equipment; and
  • a national office supply company in a high-profile antitrust case brought by the Federal Trade Commission to block a multibillion-dollar merger.

In 2019, Ms. Brown was honored as a Litigation Trailblazer by The National Law Journal. Additionally, she was named by Benchmark Litigation as its 2020 Product Liability Attorney of the Year, one of its Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America (2020-21) and one of its Top 250 Women in Litigation (2019-21). She also was named Trial Lawyer of the Year – Non-IP Litigation by LMG Life Sciences in 2020 and Litigator of the Week twice by The American Lawyer (March 2019 and October 2018). Ms. Brown has been repeatedly recognized by Law360, The Legal 500 and Lawdragon.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2003
  • B.A., New York University, 1999

Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Allison M. Brown

Partner, Mass Torts, Insurance and Consumer Litigation
allison.brown@skadden.com