Robert P. Duffield, II is an associate in the Health Effects Practice Group with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. Mr. Duffield concentrates his practice on the defense of pharmaceutical companies against product liability claims, including personal injury, consumer fraud and unfair trade practices.
Representative engagements in which Mr. Duffield has been involved include:
Mr. Duffield also is active in pro bono matters. Since 2011, he has served as co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Landlord/Tenant Program, which represents tenants who meet established poverty guidelines in landlord-tenant disputes.
- defending a pharmaceutical company against personal injury and wrongful death product liability claims in multidistrict litigation, including defense of company witnesses at depositions, motion practice and detailed involvement with expert witnesses
- representing a major pharmacy and health care services company in connection with a government investigation into its promotional activities
- defending a pharmaceutical company against personal injury claims arising from allegations of failure to warn and failure to adequately test the relevant drug
- representing a major automobile manufacturer in multi-district litigation from nationwide consumer fraud claim brought as a class action
- defending a manufacturing client in product liability class action, including post-trial motion practice and claims proceedings.
Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Duffield was an associate at Ballard Spahr LLP, where he specialized in a variety of complex civil litigation matters, including product liability and class action disputes.
Mr. Duffield received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 2007 where he received highest honors and graduated first in his class. He was editor of the Rutgers Law Journal, recipient of the Rutgers Pro Bono Service Award and recipient of the Judge James Hunter III Moot Court Competition Award for Top Brief and Excellence in Oral Advocacy. Mr. Duffield also interned for the Hon. Ann Marie Donio (Mag. D.N.J.). He received his B.S. cum laude in 2004 from University of Maryland.