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Charles H. Moellenberg Jr. (Chuck)
Of Counsel

Contact

(T) +1.412.394.7917
(F) +1.412.394.7959

Education

  • Columbia University (J.D. 1978; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Law Review); Princeton University (M.P.A. 1977); Denison University (B.A. with highest honors 1974; Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio; Pennsylvania; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, and Sixth Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, Western District of Pennsylvania, and Eastern District of Wisconsin

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to: Judge Nathaniel R. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1979 term) and Chief Judge Frank J. Battisti, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (1978 term)

Chuck Moellenberg has extensive experience in the nationwide coordination of major product liability cases and in commercial and business litigation. Chuck's product liability experience encompasses products ranging from paints and chemicals to toys, trains, recreational vehicles, automobile air bags and restraint systems, consumer electrical appliances, and wine. He appears in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. and coordinates the defense for clients with other co-defendants in joint defense groups.

From years of coordinating nationwide litigation, Chuck has considerable knowledge in complex, emerging legal issues. These include market share and other collective liability theories, concert of action and conspiracy laws, public and private nuisance, medical monitoring, continuing duty to warn, class actions, preemption, and liability for trade association activities. He works extensively with legal scholars and a wide range of experts such as pediatricians, child psychologists, epidemiologists, statisticians, toxicologists, industrial hygienists, warnings, historians, and economists. In highly visible product liability litigation, he works with crisis management firms to speak with the media and formulate media strategy.

Chuck is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council. He is coauthor of the "Multi-District Litigation" chapter of Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (West Pub., 1998). He has written and spoken on defending claims alleging failure to warn, public nuisance, obesity, and state attorney general litigation and has written on First Amendment protections for corporate speech and re-analyzing raw data to attack epidemiology studies.


Honors & Distinctions

  • The American Law Institute (elected member)

    Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for product liability litigation — defendants (2013-2018) and mass tort litigation/class actions — defendants (2014-2018)

    The Legal 500 US — recommended in litigation for product liability, mass tort, and class action — consumer products (including tobacco) (2014 and 2016) and toxic tort (2014 and 2015)
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