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Anne M. Talcott

Anne M. Talcott

Industry Group Leader

Expertise

  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Product Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Product Liability

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Profile

Anne Talcott defends her clients’ most valuable asset: the reputation of their products and services. She has more than 24 years of complex litigation experience representing national and regional healthcare providers and some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical, medical device, and biologic manufacturers and distributors.

Anne’s clients also include those facing product liability attacks related to supplements, food, cosmetics, automobiles, heavy-duty trucks, industrial equipment, forest products, construction and agricultural equipment, recreational vehicles, and consumer products.

Applying the knowledge and experience gained in defending hundreds of products in litigation, Anne advises clients on product warnings, labeling, instructions, recalls, compliance, risk assessments, crisis communications, and navigating governmental investigations. In addition to her work in Oregon and Washington, Anne has been retained as regional counsel to represent her clients in Alaska, Idaho, California, and Nevada and has served on several national trial teams. She regularly defends MDLs, class actions, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, punitive damage, and constitutional claims.

In 2021, Anne was elected Second Vice President of DRI (Defense Research Institute), the largest international organization of defense trial lawyers and corporate counsel. She has served as the DRI Secretary-Treasurer from 2020-2021 and as a National Director on the Board of DRI from 2017-2020. Anne has served on the DRI Drug and Medical Device Steering Committee for over 20 years, and previously was the Chair of the DRI Product Liability Committee from 2015 to 2017. She is a past Chair of the Oregon State Bar Product Liability Section, and a former Board member of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC).

Anne is a Super Lawyer for product liability defense. She also serves as the Industry Group Leader for Schwabe’s Healthcare and Life Sciences industry group.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon

Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (1996)
  • University of California, San Diego, Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (1991)
Areas of Practice

Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Product Liability

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Served as lead regional counsel coordinating multi-state team that defended global pharmaceutical manufacturer in mass tort litigation involving over 7000 claims nationwide.  Collaborated with national team to aggressively defend cases resulting in dismissal of vast majority of claims. 
  • Obtained summary judgment prior to protracted discovery as lead trial counsel for international specialty biologic manufacturer in case of first impression.
  • Won defense verdict as co-lead counsel for heavy-duty truck manufacturer in wrongful death case involving claims of crashworthiness.
  • Defended automotive manufacturer’s restraint system as lead trial counsel, obtaining directed verdict after close of plaintiff’s case.

Articles

  • Patents Can Protect Or Pose a Threat, But Mostly They're Misunderstood

Seminar

  • Virtual Health Tech Summit: Policy Innovation in Healthcare Data
  • DJC Oregon Builder Breakfast Series: The Future of Healthcare Facilities Construction

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