Cynthia D.Driscoll Ph.D.


Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.7228

Cynthia Driscoll practices in the area of complex litigation, with more than 20 years of experience in nationwide toxic tort and product liability litigation. Cynthia's Ph.D. and experience as an industrial toxicologist with DuPont and Union Carbide provide a novel perspective for understanding client needs and analyzing issues emerging from the nexus of science and the law. Her practice includes matters involving complex scientific, technological, and medical issues spanning a variety of industries involving chemicals, drugs, and other potentially toxic agents.

Cynthia works with experts from a broad range of disciplines touching upon child and adult health and environmental issues including toxicology, birth defects, neuroscience, psychology, epidemiology, statistics, exposure assessment, exposure modeling, risk assessment, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, and laboratory practices. She also works with experts to obtain and analyze research data relevant to expert methodology, Daubert/Frye challenges, and causation opinions.

Cynthia advises The Sherwin-Williams Company in its nationwide lead paint and pigment litigation. These lawsuits involve product liability, market share liability, and public nuisance claims. She advised Mattel and Fisher-Price in investigations and health effect claims arising from the voluntary product recall of toys in the U.S. and internationally. She has advised clients in cases involving semiconductor clean rooms, Proposition 65, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), hydraulic fracturing (UNGD), wind energy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazardous Communication Standard (HCS) and other occupational health and safety issues, and Mine Safety and Health Administration regulations (MSHA).


  • Sherwin-Williams defends lead paint actions brought by California cities and countiesJones Day is defending The Sherwin-Williams Company against claims brought by ten of California's largest cities and counties.
  • California wineries successfully defend lawsuits alleging trace amounts of arsenic in wine are hazardousJones Day defended three wineries in putative state and national class action lawsuits filed in California, Florida, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico alleging that the trace amounts of arsenic in some California wines is excessive and potentially hazardous.
  • Crystal Dawn Weimer exonerated after spending more than a decade in prisonCrystal Dawn Weimer spent more than a decade in jail for allegedly participating in the 2001 murder of Curtis Haith.
  • PennEnergy successfully defends against landowner challenge to conditional use permit for natural gas operationsJones Day represented PennEnergy Resources, LLC (PennEnergy) in a land use appeal brought by a township resident, who argued that the Board of Supervisors of New Sewickley Township erred in granting a conditional use permit to allow for the development of a natural gas compressor facility in an agricultural zoning district.
  • PennEnergy obtains dismissal of constitutional and substantive validity challenges in oil and gas zoning disputeJones Day represented PennEnergy Resources, LLC ("PennEnergy") before a township zoning hearing board against a challenge by a township resident seeking to ban oil and gas activities in agricultural areas of the township on constitutional grounds in the wake of the December 2013 Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth.
  • Sherwin-Williams defends against suit alleging injuries to children from ingestion of lead paintJones Day represented The Sherwin-Williams Company and other former manufacturers of white lead carbonate pigments in action involving over 160 plaintiffs in two different cases.
  • Sherwin-Williams persuades the Mississippi Supreme Court that plaintiff failed to prove injury from lead paintJones Day successfully defended The Sherwin-Williams Company against a teenager's claim that he ingested Sherwin-Williams' lead paint as a toddler and was permanently injured.
  • Mattel settles voluntary toy recall litigationJones Day represented Mattel, Inc. ("Mattel") in connection with a number of U.S. federal and state and foreign lawsuits and regulatory actions arising out of voluntary recalls of certain Mattel and Fisher-Price toys.
  • Sherwin-Williams prevails in landmark public nuisance suit over lead pigment before Rhode Island Supreme CourtThe Rhode Island Supreme Court overturned a jury verdict against Jones Day client, The Sherwin-Williams Company, and other former lead pigment manufacturers, stating that the trial court should have dismissed the public nuisance claim at the outset.
  • LabCorp defends against nationwide litigation involving Pap smear testsOn behalf of Laboratory Corporation of America, Jones Day coordinated and defended nationwide medical negligence cases involving Pap smear testing.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • 2010
      Emerging Theories of "Toxic Tort" and Other Environmental Litigation
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