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.

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 and among the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation. She also has been recognized by The American Lawyer, 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