In the products liability area, Mr. McGowen’s experience includes defending manufacturers of prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, medical devices, herbal supplements, industrial chemicals and consumer products in complex, multidistrict litigation (“MDL”) and national class action litigation. He has defended manufacturers in MDL litigation concerning asbestos, phentermine, phenylpropanolamine, hemophiliac/Factor VIII AIDS and ephedra. He has defended numerous clients in asbestos litigation in various states including New York, Illinois, New Jersey, California, Texas, Missouri, Delaware, Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Mr. McGowen has defended manufacturers in litigation concerning lead paint, vinyl-chloride and DES. He also counsels clients with regard to product recalls.
In the environmental area, Mr. McGowen has represented clients with regard to fuel and chemical spills and counsels clients with regard to complying with federal, state and local environmental laws and managing environmental risks. In the general business area, he has litigated a variety of contract actions.
Mr. McGowen is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the National Bar Association.