Chris has defended a wide variety of product lines ranging from pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to consumer, commercial and industrial products and manufacturing systems. He has been consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South Super Lawyers.

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Chris Berdy is a member of the firm’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Healthcare Litigation Group.  He has extensive experience defending manufacturers of pharmaceutical products and medical devices, including developing, coordinating and implementing defense strategy in concurrent federal and state court consolidated proceedings, deposing healthcare providers and expert witnesses, and retention, development of and challenges to expert witnesses.  He also has broad experience in defending a wide variety of consumer, commercial and industrial products and manufacturing systems. In addition, he has wide-ranging experience representing publicly-held and privately-owned corporations in enforcing and defending wide-ranging claims involving contractual rights, trade secrets, false advertising and trademark infringement.

Birmingham Business Journal selected him as one of its 2021 Best of the Bar and B-Metro Birmingham Business Magazine selected him as one of “Birmingham’s Top Attorneys.” He is recognized for his expertise by Best Lawyers in America® and Mid-South Super Lawyers, and he is AV® – Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. He is a member of Leadership Birmingham’s Class of 2015.

Chris is a member of the Board of Directors of International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and has served in numerous other leadership roles with IADC, including serving on the faculty of IADC’s 2018 Trial Academy, Chair of the CLE Committee (2016-2017 and 2019-2020), and Chair of the Alabama State Membership Committee (2011-Present), among other roles.  He also co-chaired the 2013 IADC & FDCC Joint Law Firm Management Conference. He is involved in a number of other organizations, including the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Food and Drug Law Institute, and the American Bar Association.

A frequent author and speaker, he recently spoke at the 2019 IADC Annual Meeting and at the 2019 IADC Mid-Year Meeting on the topic of direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses at trial.  He regularly authors articles for Butler Snow’s pharmaceutical and medical device industry publication, Pro Te: Solutio, as well as other industry publications.

Chris is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 28 – Greater Alabama Council (Assistant Scoutmaster and Order of the Arrow), and St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church. Chris is a former member of the Washington & Lee Alumni Board, former Birmingham Area Chair of the Alumni Admission Program of Washington & Lee University, and past President of the Washington & Lee University Birmingham Alumni Chapter.

He obtained his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law (1996) and B.A. in Geology and Environmental Studies from Washington and Lee University (1991). He is admitted to practice in Alabama.

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1996
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Alabama: Northern, Middle, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 11th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Rotary Club of Birmingham, Member
  • St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church, Member
  • Boy Scouts of America, Troop 28 - Greater Alabama Council (Vulcan District)
    • Assistant Scoutmaster
    • Order of the Arrow (Coosa Lodge)
  • Washington & Lee University
    • Former Member, Alumni Board
    • Former Birmingham Area Chair, Alumni Admissions Program
    • President, Birmingham Alumni Chapter, 2000-2002

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®- Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2014-2022
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2016-Present
    • Alabama Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2013-2015
  • Birmingham Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2021
  • B-Metro Birmingham Bus. Mag., "Birmingham's Top Attorneys", 2016-Present
  • Leadership Birmingham, Class of 2015

Education & Honors

  • Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1996
    • Dean’s List
    • Articles Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy
    • Cordell Hull Legal Research and Writing Teaching Fellow
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., Geology and Environmental Studies, 1991
    • Member, Men’s Varsity Tennis, 1988 NCAA Div. III National Champions
    • Inductee, Athletic Hall of Fame
    • Member, National Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2015-2019

Experience

  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation  
  • Extensive experience in defending manufacturers of pharmaceutical products and medical devices, including developing, coordinating and implementing defense strategy in concurrent federal and state court consolidated proceedings, deposing healthcare providers and expert witnesses, and retention, development of and challenges to expert witnesses.  Recent experience includes:
    • In re: Ethicon, Inc. Physiomesh Prods. Liability Lit., MDL No. 2782 (N.D. Ga.)
    • In re: Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair Sys. Prods. Liability Lit., MDL No. 2327 (S.D.W.V.).
    • In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Prods. Liability Lit., Coordinated Proceedings:
      • MDL No. 2385 (S.D.IL)
      • Superior Ct., Jud. Dist. of Hartford, CT (Complex Lit. Docket)
      • Superior Ct of CA, County of San Francisco, J.C.C.P No. 4863
      • Adler, et al. v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharm., Inc., Louis, MO Circuit Ct.
    • In re: Accutane Lit., Superior Court of N.J., Case Code No. 271.
  • Products Liability Litigation
  • Broad experience in defending a wide variety of consumer, commercial and industrial products and manufacturing systems. Recent experience includes:

    • Defended international designer/manufacturer of industrial steel manufacturing system for multi-million dollar property damage claims arising out of massive molten steel spill. Secured summary judgment on product-defect claims.
    • Successfully defended manufacturer of induction furnace in personal injury/wrongful death claim arising out of furnace explosion.
    • Successful defense of electronic controls manufacturer in multiple wrongful death claims arising from catastrophic underground mining accidents.
    • Numerous other product lines defended, including all-terrain vehicles, automobiles, bar sealers, blow mold machines, concrete anchor lifting systems, extruders, hydraulic transfer cars, commercial HVAC systems, kerosene heaters, mobile cranes, PVC pipe, power tools, soot blowers, stainless steel wire rope, televisions and toasters.
  • Business Disputes  
  • Wide-ranging experience representing publicly-held and privately-owned corporations in enforcing and defending wide-ranging claims involving contractual rights, trade secrets, false advertising and trademark infringement.  Recent experience includes:
    • Successfully secured injunctive relief on behalf of national HVAC designer/manufacturer in trade secrets action against competitor.
    • Represented national paper plate manufacturer in false advertising claims against competing manufacturer arising out of national television advertising campaign.
    • Represented air ambulance transport services provider in trademark infringement and cybersquatting claims.
    • Represented national radio station owner in enforcement of non-compete agreement with local radio personality.

In the News

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, “Solving the Problem of Daubert’s “Shaky but Admissible Evidence”: An Amendment to Federal Rule of Evidence 702 May Be Forthcoming,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 14, No. 1, February 2021.
  • Speaker, “IADC Talks: Humanity United,” International Association of Defense Counsel’s 2019 Annual Meeting, Asheville, N.C., July 8, 2019.
  • Speaker, "Back to Basics: Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses at Trial," International Association of Defense Counsel's 2019 Midyear Meeting, Santa Barbara, Calif., February 26, 2019.
  • Chapter Co-Author, “Liens and Medicare Secondary Payer Act,” IADC Defense Counsel Training Manual (3d Ed. 2016).
  • Co-Author, “Alabama No Longer an Outlier State:  Legislature Says ‘No’ To Innovator Liability,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 8 No. 3, December 2015.
  • Author, "Thinking Bigger: Broadening Regulatory Strategy For New Medical Devices By Planning For Both Regulatory and Reimbursement Approval," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 8 No. 2, October 2015.
  • Speaker, "Strategic Planning for Law Firms:  Key Considerations," IADC 2015 Annual Meeting, July 8, 2015.
  • Author, "Collaboration: Part of the Pharmaceutical Industry's New Normal," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 7 No. 2, 25-31, June 2014.
  • Co-Author, "What Do California, Vermont and Alabama Have in Common?" Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 6 No. 3, September 2013.
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