Adjunct Professor of Law
Fred Magaziner is a retired Dechert Partner. Throughout his career, he has represented plaintiffs and defendants in numerous jury and non-jury trials in a wide variety of cases, including patent infringement, breach of contract, commercial fraud, corporate governance, personal injury/wrongful death, medical malpractice, product liability, defamation, will contests and business torts.
Mr. Magaziner has been the lead defense lawyer for pharmaceutical company defendants in several mass tort multidistrict litigations (MDLs). Chambers USA said that Mr. Magaziner “is particularly highly regarded in products liability litigation” and that “he elicits substantial praise from a variety of sources, who say he is ‘a safe pair of hands.'" The Legal 500 United States has praised him as “an incredible thought leader.” Practical Law Company’s Cross Border Handbook: Life Sciences recognized him as one of the seven top product liability lawyers in the United States. The American Lawyer noted his ability to act as a “statesman” among multiple parties when settling complex litigation matters. LMG Life Sciences reported that peers in other firms regard Mr. Magaziner as “a legend in the industry.” In 2013 and 2014, he was named a 'Life Sciences Star' by LMG Life Sciences.
Since retiring as a partner at the end of 2014, Mr. Magaziner has continued to represent plaintiffs on a pro bono basis in cases involving civil liberties.
Mr. Magaziner is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute. He is on the adjunct faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he has taught Thinking Like a Litigator since 2011. He has taught Trial Advocacy for many years in several different programs. He is the author of the Pennsylvania Civil Trial Guide, published by Matthew Bender. Mr. Magaziner has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation, mass torts class action litigation and product liability litigation.