ELIZABETH CHIARELLO focuses on the defense of companies in class action, mass tort, toxic tort, products liability, and other complex disputes. Beth has successfully defended class actions and products liability cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, industrial services, medical device and device sterilization, pharmaceutical, electronics, financial services, transportation, cosmetics, food, and nutritional supplements. She has served as national coordinating counsel in a variety of putative nationwide class actions and mass tort lawsuits filed in federal and state courts across the country.
Beth has worked all stages of class and products liability litigation, including motions to dismiss, summary judgment, all facets of discovery (including international discovery issues), Daubert motions, motions for class certification, and interlocutory and other appeals. Beth also has trial experience, having given opening statements and conducted direct and cross-examination of witnesses, as well as voir dire. When settlement is appropriate, Beth has also helped her clients negotiate nationwide class action settlements, and she has successfully defended contested and uncontested class action settlements in state and federal courts.
Beth is a frequent speaker at a number of acclaimed conferences, including ACI’s Annual Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum on Cosmetics and Personal Care Products; Grocery Manufacturer’s Association Legal Conference; ABA Food and Supplements Conference; and Momentum’s Food and Beverage Conference.
She has received numerous accolades in response to the high quality of her work, including Law Bulletin’s Leading Lawyers recognition as one of the Leading & Emerging Women Lawyers in Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law and Products Liability Defense Law (2018) and a recommendation by The Legal 500 US in the categories of Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Automotive/Transport, as well as in Consumer Products (2015). In 2016, she was selected by Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) to receive the inaugural “Outstanding Contributor” award for her volunteer advocacy efforts on behalf of LCJ’s membership.