Education

  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1987, summa cum laude)
  • Yale Law School (J.D.,1990, Coker Fellow)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, and District of Columbia Circuits

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Mr. Lasker litigates a wide variety of complex civil matters, with a current focus on toxic torts, environmental litigation, Alien Tort Statute litigation, and pharmaceutical products liability.  He has also represented clients in a variety of civil and criminal government investigation-related matters involving bank regulatory compliance, False Claims Act claims, and alleged price fixing, and he served as lead counsel in successfully defending a foreign client against a Foreign Corrupt Practices claim in a jury trial that was featured in Legal Times

Mr. Lasker was recognized by The American Lawyer as "Litigator of the Week" and featured on the Bloomberg News program "Rainmakers" for his work in securing a victory for Firm client, DynCorp International.  In 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment to DynCorp, dismissing the sole remaining human health and medical monitoring claims brought by 3,200 Ecuadorans claiming personal injury and property damage in connection with counternarcotics aerial herbicide spraying operations in southern Colombia.  DynCorp is a contractor to the U.S. Department of State and assists with the joint United States-Colombia war-on-drugs initiatives known as “Plan Colombia.”  See Arias, et al. v. DynCorp, et al., 928 F.Supp.2d 10, 2013 WL 821168 (D.D.C. Feb. 19, 2013).

Mr. Lasker has significant experience defending against all matter of legal claims involving FDA-regulated and EPA-regulated products and alleged toxins and environmental contaminants.  He has represented clients in pharmaceutical products liability claims involving antipsychotic medications, obstetrical drugs, antifungals, antiepileptics, and cough/cold medicines, and in toxics/environmental matters involving herbicides, asbestos, lead paint, nonionizing radiation, and chemical solvents.  He has represented clients in matters arising both in the United States and abroad, and in matters arising under both domestic and international law.  Mr. Lasker's practice also includes matters involving sensitive national security issues, and he has represented his clients’ interests in meetings with both U.S. and foreign government officials.  He has extensive expertise in developing and implementing sophisticated medical causation and science-based defenses, and he has successfully litigated issues involving Daubert, the federal preemption defense, and natural resource damages claims.  He also assists clients in due diligence investigations as relates to environmental and toxics liabilities and through an active amicus practice on behalf of various industry organizations, including the United States Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Chemistry Council, the American Coatings Association, and the Washington Legal Foundation, among others.

Mr. Lasker played a prominent role in helping to establish asbestos defendants’ rights to insurance non-products coverage through a successful amicus effort that secured one of the seminal judicial opinions recognizing the existence of such coverage, litigation efforts resulting in securing several hundreds of millions of dollars in asbestos non-products insurance recoveries, and oral presentations and publications on issues involving non-products coverage.  He has also defended personal injury claims in asbestos litigation, advancing medical causation defenses as the asbestos litigation has extended to tertiary and even more remotely-situated corporate defendants.

Mr. Lasker is frequently requested to speak and publish on issues of interest to his clients, and he has been interviewed on such topics in numerous fora, including the AMA's American Medical News, The American Lawyer, Bloomberg News, Legal Times, National Law Journal, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.  Mr. Lasker has served on the Board of Editors of LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy newsletter and as the Chair of the Toxics & Hazardous Substances Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), an invitation-only professional association for corporate and insurance defense attorneys around the world.  He also serves as a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

Mr. Lasker was recognized by Law360 as one of its five national Product Liability MVPs in 2013.  He is listed as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer™ by American Lawyer Media & Martindale-Hubbell™.