Kelly Strange Crawford is a partner at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP. Ms. Crawford is the head of the firm’s Products Liability and Mass Tort Practice Group and a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. She concentrates her practice in complex litigation involving mass torts, products liability defense, and complex commercial matters, including state and federal class actions, multi-district litigation and state court coordinated proceedings. Her clients include large and small pharmaceutical and industrial companies, as well as individuals. Ms. Crawford has extensive experience representing clients that manufacture and market pharmaceutical products and medical devices, as well as nutraceutical products, and has served as defense liaison counsel and trial counsel, including in New Jersey’s Multi-County Litigation court system. Ms. Crawford also defends clients in litigation involving claims of workplace and environmental exposures to substances such as vinyl chloride monomer, benzene, and asbestos and asbestos-containing products, including litigation involving premise owners and claims involving novel liability theories. Ms. Crawford has served as trial counsel and she and her team handle all facets of case development, motion practice, trial preparation, and as well as trial. Ms. Crawford and her team frequently work with global and national counsel to accomplish client goals through disciplined execution of defined roles and a relentless commitment to long-term partnerships. Ms. Crawford also has experience with small business disputes, dissenting shareholder valuation litigation, environmental cost recovery actions, non-product liability personal injury cases (both for plaintiffs and defendants) including motor vehicle accidents.
In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Crawford has handled pro bono matters ranging from municipal court representation in New Jersey to representation of a death row client in post-conviction relief proceedings in Alabama. She has served as head of the firm's pro bono committee and assists associates handling pro bono litigation matters. Ms. Crawford is a Trustee for the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey. She has served a ten-year term as a Member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges. Among other associations, she is a member of the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute Legal Advisory Board and the Trial Attorneys of America. Ms. Crawford is a speaker on panels relating to mass tort and products liability litigation.
Ms. Crawford was named 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Product Liability Litigation in the Newark region by Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers. This honor is given annually to a single Product Liability Law attorney in each region. Best Lawyers has also listed Ms. Crawford in the field of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions and Product Liability Litigation since 2013. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Client's Guides, has included Ms. Crawford as a Recognized Practitioner in the Products Liability Litigation field for 2017. She was selected by the New Jersey Law Journal as a “Diverse Attorney of the Year” in 2015. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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Ms. Crawford received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY, and a B.A from Duke University, Durham, NC, cum laude.