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Eric Chaffin

				Eric Chaffin

Mr. Chaffin has also been lead trial counsel in a number of criminal trials, including a successful securities fraud manipulation trial involving over $20 million in investor losses. He has successfully prosecuted a variety of cases since joining the plaintiff’s bar in 2003 and has litigated various personal injury, class, whistleblower, derivative and securities actions in state and federal courts across the country. Mr. Chaffin has also been successful in representing individual investors in arbitrations before FINRA and its former bodies.

Mr. Chaffin further has extensive experience in personal injury, product liability and mass tort litigation, representing consumers in various cases involving drug, medical device and over-the-counter products. He currently serves as court-appointed liaison counsel in the Philadelphia Mass Tort Program (MTP) In re: Denture Cream Litigation and as court-appointed co-lead counsel in the In re: Denture Cream Product Liability Litigation (MDL) in the Southern District of Florida which involve cases for consumers who have suffered hematological and neurological injuries from zinc in Fixodent and Super Poligrip denture creams. As Co-Lead Counsel he negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that resolved hundreds of denture cream zinc poisoning cases for individuals suffering debilitating copper deficiency myeloneuropathy (CDM).

Mr. Chaffin is also a member of the Plaintiff Steering Committee (PSC) in the Federal MDL Pelvic Mesh Litigations pending before Judge Goodwin in the Southern District of West Virginia. He has also represented a number of individuals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court in Wyeth v. Levine, which was a key Supreme Court case upholding the rights of consumers to sue pharmaceutical companies for injuries that resulted from dangerous and defective drugs. Mr. Chaffin has also represented the AARP before the Second Circuit of Appeals in pharmaceutical litigation and before the U.S. Supreme Court in securities litigation.

Additional Plaintiff Successes

  • Co-lead counsel in a case against Dell and Dell Financial on behalf of defrauded consumers who were victimized by a “bait and switch” financing scheme. The case settled for $17.5 million.
  • Served on the plaintiff’s counsel committee in the multidistrict litigation involving defective Medtronic and Guidant heart devices in the District of Minnesota. The case settled for over $100 million and $240 million respectively.
  • Multiple multi-million dollar recoveries in significant personal injury and product liability cases for consumers with as much as $9 million recovered for a single claim.
  • Counsel for a California corporation in the Electronic Article Surveillance market in a David-and-Goliath type action for anti-competitive advertisements in violation of the Lanham Act in California federal court. The case settled for a confidential amount.
  • Recovered nearly $1.5 million for two investors whose broker invested them in various unsuitable investments.
  • Recovered nearly $1 million for an investor who suffered significant losses as a result of fraudulent analyst research reports.
  • Dozens of $1 million plus resolutions in product liability cases, including a $9 million settlement.
  • Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Education and Experience

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Chaffin was a litigator with Reed Smith LLP in Pittsburgh. Early on in his career, he represented Fortune 500 companies in a number of individual class actions and tried various arbitrations and administrative hearings. He also chaired the successful defense of an age discrimination case to verdict and was the lead attorney on a habeas corpus petition that resulted in the reversal of a death sentence for a death row inmate in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Chaffin took leave from his position with Reed Smith LLP to clerk for the Honorable D. Brooks Smith of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Following his time as a legal clerk, Mr. Chaffin joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York.

In 2002, Mr. Chaffin taught in the areas of federal prosecutions and trial advocacy while he served as an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. Since then, he has lectured on various legal topics, including the off-label marketing of pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices, managing and resolving mass torts and Ponzi scheme prosecutions.

Mr. Chaffin has authored several articles, including “De-Escalate the Expert Discovery Wars,” AAJ Trial Magazine (June 2008); “Higher Education Law: The Relationship with the Faculty,” The Law of Higher Education, Pa. Bar. Inst. (1997); “Review of Third Circuit Antitrust Cases (May 1993-May 1995),” 1001 Antitrust Challenges in the 90’s: Enforcement Reaches New Heights, Pa. Bar. Inst. (1995). He has also been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and Forbes regarding investor fraud lawsuits and mass torts litigation and has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, CNBC’s Power Lunch, Lawline.com, Court Radio, Fox Radio and various local television news stations.

Mr. Chaffin received his Bachelors of Arts from WVU, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. At WVU Mr. Chaffin served as a Judith Herndon Fellow for now U.S. Senator Joseph Manchin, III. Mr. Chaffin received his law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law cum laude. At W&L Mr. Chaffin served as chairman of the Moot Court Board and prosecuted jury trials to verdict as an Third Year Practice Certified Extern with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Roanoke, Virginia.

Mr. Chaffin is admitted to the Bars of the States of New York and West Virginia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Southern District of West Virginia. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits.

how not to be a lawyer

according to eric t. chaffin

“My father was a union witness at an arbitration in a steel mill. After the hearing, my father, dressed in blue jeans and a sweatshirt, stuck out his hand to shake hands with the company’s lawyer. The lawyer refused. The lawyer was not upset because my dad got the best of him but because he frowned upon working class people. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. My dad used this story to remind me to respect others, to remember where I came from and as an example of how not to conduct myself as a lawyer.”

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