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Elizabeth Reese

Elizabeth Reese



  • Product and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Class Action, Multidistrict Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Glyphosate Litigation

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Virginia, U.S.A.


Elizabeth helps companies navigate product safety issues, defending companies against high-stakes product liability claims and providing product regulatory, safety, and risk mitigation advice.

Elizabeth handles all aspects of product liability, mass tort, and toxic tort litigation. She has substantial experience litigating product claims involving chemicals, including asbestos, benzene, formaldehyde, and coal combustion residuals. Her practice also focuses on strategic litigation avoidance and regulatory compliance, including pre- and post-market risk analysis of products and manufacturing and design processes. Elizabeth routinely reviews her clients’ compliance programs, counseling them on ways to reduce product liability, consumer protection, and regulatory risk. She represents a broad spectrum of major corporate clients, with a special focus on the retail and chemical industries.

While in law school at the University of Virginia, Elizabeth was selected as a Dillard Fellow in Legal Research and Writing. She served as the senior Dillard Fellow for the legal writing program during her final year.

Elizabeth is the co-chair of the Firm’s Richmond summer associate program. She also maintains an active pro bono practice, including providing pro bono representation for clients served by the Virginia Holistic Justice Initiative.benefits.

Relevant Experience

  • Represents multiple Fortune 500 companies in mass tort and product liability litigation in jurisdictions throughout the United States.
  • Provides strategic litigation risk analysis for product manufacturers and retailers, including guidance on potential risks of product or manufacturing changes, labeling and warnings, regulatory compliance programs and policies, investigations, litigation avoidance, and product failure risk management/crisis response.
  • Counsels companies regarding “best practices” programs and policies designed to avoid litigation risk associated with the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), the Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”), the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (“CPSIA”), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (“FIFRA”), and other federal and state regulatory schemes.
  • Defends retailers against claims involving claims of false or misleading product labeling.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia


BA, Duke University, Political Science, Robert S. Rankin American Government Award for Leadership and Academic Achievement, 2012
Areas of Practice

Class Action, Multidistrict Litigation | COVID-19 Litigation | Glyphosate Litigation | Litigation | Product and Mass Tort Litigation | Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation | Retail and Consumer Products Litigation

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • Member, Virginia Bar Association
  • Chair-elect, Special Immigrant Juvenile Project, Young Lawyers’ Division, Virginia Bar Association

EPA Warns Against Potentially False and Misleading COVID-19 Disinfectant Claims
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, June 2020

A consumer advisory issued on June 1, 2020 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clarifies which hard-surface disinfectant products may legally make claims regarding expected efficacy against the COVID-19 virus. The advisory, titled “What You Need to Know Regarding Products Making Claims to Kill the Coronavirus Causing COVID-19,” also warns retailers of potential enforcement actions if they sell non-compliant products...

Retail Industry on High Alert After $289 Million Glyphosate Verdict Against Monsanto
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, September 2018

Weeks after a federal judge called the science behind the alleged carcinogenicity of glyphosate “shaky,” a California state court jury hammered Monsanto with a $289 million verdict, connecting a former groundskeeper’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to his exposure to the Roundup® chemical. Earlier this year the verdict in Johnson v. Monsanto Co., No...

Additional Articles

  • Formaldehyde Status Increases Litigation Risk, Risk Management
  • 2018 Retail Industry Year in Review
  • Unpredictability of TSCA chemical risk evaluation process increases litigation risk for companies, Thomson Reuters
  • Out with the Old, in with the New: What to Expect in Asbestos Litigation in 2018, Westlaw Journal Asbestos
  • Expert Analysis: Retailers At Risk From New Glyphosate Liability Theories, Law360
  • 2017 Hunton Andrews Kurth Retail Industry Year in Review
  • Expert Analysis: 4 Personal Jurisdiction Questions Defendants Should Ask, Law360
  • Quoted, EPA Weighs Extension In Face Of Logistical Challenges For TSCA Fees, Toxics Regulation News
  • 5 Ways Retailers Can Mitigate Product Liability Litigation Risk, Law360
  • Why Enviros, Agencies Disagree On Safe Glyphosate Levels, Law360


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