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Lauren S. Colton


Lauren S. Colton

Product liability litigation requires a mix of technical and scientific knowledge combined with an understanding of a client's business. Lauren Colton, a member of the firm's core life sciences committee, guides clients with pragmatic and clear counsel. Lauren's civil practice focuses primarily on product liability litigation, including individual, mass tort, and class actions in federal and state courts across the United States.

Lauren has a proven track record of obtaining favorable litigation results for her clients through innovative defense strategies, such as motions to bifurcate on medical causation, creative removal theories, and threshold motions on legal defenses such as personal jurisdiction and forum non conveniens. She also regularly provides liability counseling and advice to product manufacturers before lawsuits arise, and assists with crisis management when they do. Through her experience as national counsel for multiple manufacturers, she has technical and scientific knowledge as well as an understanding of her clients' regulatory and commercial environments.

Lauren was recommended by The Legal 500 for product liability and mass tort defense regarding pharmaceuticals and medical devices in 2012, 2013, and 2014. She has been recognized by Chambers for general commercial litigation and healthcare law (2007, 2010-2012, 2014, 2015) as well. Other honors include Benchmark Litigation, Future Star (2013-2014), Who's Who Legal, Product Liability Defense (2014), Maryland Super Lawyers (2011, 2013), "Healthcare Litigator of the Year" (2009), and Law 360 "Rising Star" in Product Liability (2010).

"She balances strong advocacy with a realistic perspective of the strengths and weaknesses of a case."

Chambers 2014

Representative experience

Serving as U.S. product liability counsel for multiple pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device manufacturers.

Advising developers of wearable technology and digital health platforms on liability risk mitigation strategies.

Represents an importer of Chinese manufactured tires in product liability litigation involving recalled tires.

Represents leading medical device manufacturer in litigation against a third-party payor.

Represents a leading biotechnology company in clinical trial litigation.

Represents a university and medical center in a lawsuit by 800 Guatemalans relating to studies conducted in the 1940s.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, University of Maryland School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., high distinction, University of Michigan, 1997

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Maryland

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

2013-2014, 2016-2017

Dispute Resolution: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

Legal 500 US


Litigation: General Commercial (Maryland)

Chambers USA


Litigation: General Commercial (Maryland), Up and Coming

Chambers USA

2013, 2016

Life Sciences - Product Liability

Who's Who Legal


Product Liability Defence

Who's Who Legal


Future Star

Benchmark Litigation


Rising Stars

Maryland Super Lawyers


Life Sciences Star

LMG Life Sciences


Rising Legal Stars, Product Liability



Nightingale's Healthcare News, "Outstanding Health Care Litigators," 2010

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