With a sophisticated background leading litigation, Jim Frederick defends innovative life sciences companies in pharmaceutical and medical device product liability, mass tort and consumer fraud lawsuits. Jim also represents clients in commercial litigation and appellate matters. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Maryland, Jim wields his background investigating and prosecuting civil and criminal fraud cases to inform his defense strategy for clients.

Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation

Jim has advised some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical and medical device companies in product liability litigation. He deftly develops strategy and coordinates mass torts and MDLs, focusing on the client’s business interests. Jim is familiar with the scientific issues at play in drug and device litigation, and he is skilled in managing fact and expert depositions, expert development and Daubert strategy. When a product liability claim or mass tort goes to trial, he has the experience to lead the charge in the courtroom.

Complex Litigation

Jim’s litigation experience includes:

  • Defending individual health care providers and institutions in professional liability matters
  • Defending residential property owners in toxic tort cases
  • Representing corporations in intellectual property actions
  • Prosecuting complex antitrust suits

Jim has tried cases to verdict as both first- and second-chair trial counsel and has argued before state and federal appellate courts.

Personal Interests

Jim is a weekend warrior triathlete who has more time to run than swim.


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado


Lehigh University
B.S. in Business and Economics Law (1989)

The Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University
J.D. Journal of International Law (editor) (1992)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Products Liability Advisory Council
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Maryland Defense Counsel
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City


  • Best Lawyers®— Commercial Litigation, 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences — Product Liability, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent

Awards Methodology

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