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Murray S. Levin

Murray S. Levin

Partner

Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4335    Fax: 215.981.4750

levinm@pepperlaw.com

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, recommended in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500 United States, and selected for inclusion on the 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list.

Murray S. Levin, a partner in the Litigation Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP, has been involved in a wide variety of matters since joining the firm in 1970. He primarily handles pharmaceutical and medical device products liability cases, toxic tort cases and an array of commercial matters, including those with an international cast.

In recent years, Mr. Levin has done a large volume of work in the products liability area for many medical device, biologic and pharmaceutical companies. He has defended medical device and biologic products, such as catheters, intraocular lenses, IUDs, spinal implants, bone tissue and stents, among others, and such pharmaceutical products as anabolic and other steroids, antibiotics, anti-epileptics, birth control pills, cardiac medications, contrast media, dermatologic medications, fertility agents, major and minor tranquilizers, NSAIDs and over-the-counter preparations. He also has defended a number of cases claiming injuries from benzene.

Mr. Levin has served as trial counsel, regional coordinating counsel and national coordinating counsel in “mass disaster” cases where in some cases, thousands of litigants were involved, and has several times worked with company attorneys to set up the defense at the outset of such mass litigation situations. He has achieved many dozen summary judgments based on the learned intermediary doctrine, the failure of plaintiffs’ experts to create a fact issue, lack of medical causation, statute of limitations and other grounds.

As an outgrowth of his representation of pharmaceutical and medical device companies, Mr. Levin has gained experience in related employment matters, trademarks, antitrust, regulatory agency and medical malpractice cases. He also handles banking litigation, including international letter-of-credit cases, and libel law issues, including pre publication counseling.

In pursuing his interest in international law, Mr. Levin has been involved in the trial of a Pakistani-Bangladeshi dispute in federal court, a Portuguese labor matter which came before a Labor Tribunal in the Portuguese Azores, a trial in the French courts, licensing disputes between English and American companies, and the defense of Italian manufacturers in U.S. products cases. He also has handled matters in the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Holland.

As a result of his service as a board member at a major Philadelphia hospital, Mr. Levin is familiar with the legal problems of the health care provider institution in such areas as government licensing and regulation, professional staff relations and internal hospital workings regarding medical audit and utilization review, research and hospital financing.

Mr. Levin lectures extensively domestically and internationally. He has been invited to speak in a number of venues in the United States, as well as in Cameroon, Germany, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, China and Vietnam.

 

Education

  • B.A., Haverford College, 1964, Phi Beta Kappa
  • M.A., International Relations, Harvard University, 1968
  • LL.B., Harvard Law School, 1968

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1968

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1985

Clerkships

  • Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, PA, 1968-1970

Practice Areas