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Richard S. Lewis

Richard Lewis leads the firm’s mass torts and environmental threats practice groups. He recently concluded a massive settlement in South Africa to recover compensation for tens of thousands of South African goldminers who suffered occupational lung disease. The settlement is on behalf of a class of goldminers going back 50 plus years to 1965 against the entire goldmining industry in South Africa. Bongani Nkala and 69 others v. Harmony Gold Mining Co., Ltd., et al., In the High Court of South Africa, Johannesburg (May 13, 2016). In the U.S. he has been appointed to serve as co-lead counsel in mass tort and product liability class action cases including In re StarLink Corn Products (N.D. Ill) (asserting claims by farmers for genetic modification contamination of the U.S. corn supply) and In re PPA (asserting claims by users of unsafe over-the-counter medicines). He has also been appointed to the MDL Steering Committee in In re Prempro Products (HRT) Liability Litigation, In re NFL Players' Concussion Injury Litigation, In re NCAA Concussions, In re Stryker Rejuvenate And ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, In re Bard IVC Liability Litigation, In re Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation, and in In re Chinese Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation. Rich was a member of the Chinese Drywall trial team that obtained a comprehensive remediation and property damages verdict for seven Virginia homeowners. Furthermore, Rich handled various experts in the Daubert briefing and argument; and was successful in excluding significant portions of the defense experts’ opinions.

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Education

University of Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude, 1986

University of Michigan, M.P.H., 1981

Tufts University, B.A., cum laude, 1976

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Affiliations & Memberships

Named a Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer by the Lawdragon 500 (2019)

Law clerk, post law school, for the Honorable Stanley S. Brotman, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Comments Editor

News & Press

Mr. Lewis was interviewed by BBC Radio regarding the class certification of the Silicosis case in South Africa in 2016.

Mr. Lewis commented in USA Today, "Hearing on consolidation of NCAA concussion lawsuits." December 2013.

“Manassas Park Woman Sues Drug Company Over Breast Cancer.” The Washington Post quotes Richard Lewis regarding a suit against Pfizer. January 3, 2010.

Mr. Lewis interviewed in Fox News story on Prempro cancer case. November 26, 2009. First Chinese drywall class actions filed in Virginia and North Carolina. May 21, 2009.

Comment, “O.C.A.W. v. American Cyanamid: The Shrinking of the Occupational Safety and Health Act,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review (July 1985)

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