Stephen Barrett primarily focuses his practice on complex commercial and product liability litigation.
Steve’s practice includes representation of defendants in mass and toxic torts, including litigations involving asbestos, talc, and pharmaceutical products. Steve routinely represents large, international corporations nationally, as national coordinating counsel and locally, throughout the State and Federal Courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Washington, and Oregon. Not only does his practice involve coordinating and directly handling all aspects of litigation and discovery in local matters, Steve supports the strategic coordination of national matters and the direction of local counsel.
Steve has a broad range of litigation experience from initial investigations and fact-finding all the way through trial. Steve's practice often includes extensive research of complex issues arising in litigation, both involving legal issues and of internal corporate histories, on behalf of multi-national, industry-leading clients. In his role as national coordinating counsel and national discovery counsel, Steve coordinates the responses to complex and extensive discovery requests for all matters pending across the United States, and routinely prepares corporate representatives for depositions throughout the country.
Steve has significant experience in a variety of litigation practice areas. He has represented individuals and companies in matters involving property damage, construction liability and defects, environmental liability and catastrophic losses. Steve has also represented individuals and companies in major commercial contract disputes, consumer fraud actions and other investigations.
Bar admissionsDelawareNew JerseyNew YorkOregonPennsylvaniaWashington
CourtsUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of PennsylvaniaUnited States District Court for the Middle District of PennsylvaniaUnited States District Court for the Western District of PennsylvaniaUnited States District Court for the District of DelawareUnited States Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Third CircuitUnited States District Court for the Northern District of New YorkUnited States District Court for the District of New JerseyUnited States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonUnited States District Court for the Southern District of New York
J.D., Rutgers University 2012
B.A., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University 2009
B.A., Crime, Law and Justice, Pennsylvania State University 2009
Co-Author, "Chapter 8: Recent Developments in Asbestos, Talc, Silica, Tobacco, and E-Cigarette/Vaping Litigation the U.S. and Canada," Practising Law Institute's treatise on Product Liability Litigation – Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices, Second Edition (2021)
Speaker, Look to the Future: Business Succession from a Legal and Practical Point of View, February 2017.
Successfully obtained a number of voluntary dismissals of local and national cases involving alleged asbestos exposure following an extensive investigation of historical records to demonstrate an inability for plaintiffs to prove the liability alleged in those matters
Prior to joining DLA Piper, Steve managed the Delaware offices of two mid-size regional law firms
Successfully briefed and argued multiple dispositive motions filed on behalf of defendants in asbestos matters throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
Successfully tried to verdict a commercial contract dispute in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas
Successfully obtained a dismissal of contractual claims stemming from community association governing documents resulting in the voluntary dismissal of all claims following several years of contentious litigation
Successfully briefed and argued the published matter of DepoLink Court Reporting & Litigation Support Services v. Rochman, 64 A.3d 579 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2013)
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