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Ms. Fern P. O'Brian

Regular Member
2900 K Street
Suite 500 Haborside
Washington, DC 20007

Phone: 202-942-5028
Fax: 202-942-5999
Web Site:

Law School: Georgetown University Law Center (1983)

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Fern O'Brian specializes in health effects litigation and regulatory matters involving product liability and toxic tort. She has litigated numerous cases involving medical and pharmaceutical products, consumer products, environmental exposures to heavy metals and chemicals and tobacco, among others. She co-heads the firm's interdisciplinary nanotechnology industry group. Ms. O'Brian also regularly counsels clients on liability prevention, regulatory matters and liability-related transactional issues.

Most recently, she is representing a private research and university consortium in pursuing a bid for a national bioterror research laboratory. She has represented Wyeth in its defense of the diet drug ("phen-fen") litigation. She served as national counsel for a major bloodbank in US AIDS and hepatitis C cases. Ms. O'Brian is a frequent author and speaker on product liability and mass tort issues such as class actions, admissibility of expert evidence and product liability prevention.

Ms. O'Brian previously served as the head of the firm's London office, returning in 2003 to the Washington office. Prior to joining Arnold & Porter LLP, she served as a law clerk to former Circuit Judge Kenneth W. Starr of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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