“A tremendous powerhouse in mass torts and product liability.” - Chambers USA 2017
Nina M. Gussack is a partner in and the chair of the Health Sciences Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Ms. Gussack is past chair of Pepper’s Executive Committee, the firm’s governing body.
Ms. Gussack’s trial practice is concentrated in civil litigation, with a primary emphasis in the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device companies regarding marketed products, investigational new drugs, medical devices and over-the-counter drug products. Ms. Gussack serves as national coordinating and trial counsel and as regional counsel in pharmaceutical litigation, including class actions and multi-district litigation.
Ms. Gussack also represents pharmaceutical manufacturers, consultants and academic institutions in civil and criminal actions in related complex litigation involving health care fraud and abuse, and the defense of individual and class actions. She has conducted internal corporate investigations, audits and negotiations with government agencies, as counsel to pharmaceutical companies in grand jury proceedings and multistate investigations. Her practice includes counseling regarding regulatory issues governing clinical trials and compliance in promotional activities, as well as Lanham Act claims in the pharmaceutical industry.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and high national rankings from publications that track the legal profession, including being named to the "Top 10 Female Litigators" in the United States by Benchmark Litigation, based on receiving "the most robust and vocal 'best in class' nominations" by peers and clients.
Ms. Gussack is former Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Drug and Medical Device Committee, and she is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council and the International Association of Defense Counsel. She serves on the Ethics Committee of Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, and is on the Board of Directors for WHYY, the leading public media provider in the Philadelphia region. In 2017, she was appointed to the board of directors of Life Sciences Pennsylvania, the trade association for the life sciences industry in Pennsylvania. She also is a member of the National Center for State Courts Lawyers Committee, which advocates for judicial reform and building a public understanding of in building public understanding of the need for a strong and independent judiciary.
Ms. Gussack is a frequent writer and lecturer on medical, pharmaceutical and medical device issues, and has given presentations at ACI, PhRMA, DRI, Drug Information Association (DIA), Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) and American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA) programs on fraud and abuse issues, federal preemption, off-label promotion, minimizing civil liability risks during pendency of a government investigation, clinical trials, Daubert challenges, informed consent, and risk management in the pharmaceutical industry. She also is a member of the Steering Committee of the Emory Law Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Tort Claims, which hosts judicial seminars, bar conferences, academic programs, and research advancing the understanding of new developments and trends in the resolution of mass claims within and outside of litigation.