Allison M. Brown

Allison M. Brown

Partner, Mass Torts, Insurance and Consumer Litigation

Allison Brown is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who handles a wide range of complex matters, including product liability, mass torts, commercial and environmental actions. 

Bio

Her trial practice includes serving as a lead trial lawyer for several consumer products companies in high-profile litigation around the country.

Recently, Ms. Brown secured a Missouri state court victory for Johnson & Johnson following a two-week jury trial where plaintiffs alleged that the company’s baby powder caused ovarian cancer and sought up to $5 billion in damages, including punitive damages. The jury also found that Johnson & Johnson neither failed to warn consumers of the alleged dangers associated with its baby powder nor was it negligent in manufacturing and selling the product. In selecting this case as No. 2 on its list of the Top 10 Most Impressive Defense Verdicts of 2019, Courtroom View Network highlighted the fact that the defense win came “in a venue known for large plaintiff verdicts” and was secured “the same day closing arguments concluded” and despite “potentially explosive recall news.” 

Prior to joining Skadden, Ms. Brown served as trial counsel in significant litigation matters. Her representations include:

  • Johnson & Johnson in:
    • a personal injury suit in South Carolina state court alleging that exposure to asbestos in the company’s baby powder caused the plaintiffs’ rare form of cancer. Following a two-week trial in May 2019, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the company;
    • a personal injury case in New Jersey state court alleging that exposure to trace asbestos in the company’s baby powder caused a plaintiff’s mesothelioma. After a four-week trial, in March 2019 the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the company;
    • a bellwether trial in New Jersey state court involving a plaintiff’s suit for failure to warn, design defect and manufacturing defect, alleging that the company’s baby powder contained asbestos and caused the plaintiff’s cancer. After a four-week trial, during which Ms. Brown led the examination of the plaintiff and defense experts, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of the company; and
    • a Daubert general causation hearing regarding more than 10,000 individual ovarian cancer personal injury claims;
  • Repsol, a Spanish energy company, in a billion-dollar complex commercial dispute 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 all claims against the company in this decade-long litigation;
  • Procter & Gamble in a class action lawsuit regarding a popular probiotic. Ms. Brown led the expert witness development in this case, which resulted in a favorable settlement prior to trial;
  • 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 2020 Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America, and one of its 2020 and 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation. 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 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