John Moss is a Partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office who represents clients in all phases of litigation in state and federal courts.  He has represented several Fortune 100 global companies in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturers and retailers of consumer electronics, appliances, scientific instruments, automobiles, pharmaceuticals and children’s products. 

Mr. Moss’ trial and litigation experience includes high-stakes product liability matters; patent litigation; mass tort pharmaceutical litigation; consumer fraud class actions; and a variety of other commercial litigation.  As a product safety lawyer, he helps companies assess their compliance with regulations, execute effective recalls in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and defend CPSC civil penalty actions.  

Representative Experience

  • Obtained a unanimous $42.5 million jury verdict (including $30 million in punitive damages) on behalf of a product distributor in a high profile three-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against defendant Gree China, a global manufacturer of home appliances.
  • Successfully overturned US judgment against foreign clients based upon lack of jurisdiction, and obtained substantial sanctions from the trial court against the opposing party.
  • Defended a global automobile manufacturer in patent litigation (including a trial in the E.D. of Texas) related to its consumer Web sites and customer relationship management systems.
  • Successfully defended False Claims Act whistleblower litigation arising from alleged off-label drug promotion.
  • Defended several bellwether product liability trials related to nationwide mass tort claims by thousands of plaintiffs who alleged that prescription hormone products cause cancer.

Honors & Awards

  • Order of the Coif, DePaul University College of Law
  • Certificate in Health Law, DePaul University College of Law
  • Articles Editor, Journal of Health and Hospital Law

Publications and Speeches

  • “Avoiding and Defeating Consumer Class Actions,” eLunch Briefings (February 2011)
  • “Product Liability Crises Management,” July 2010, Beijing, China
  • “Effect of State and Foreign Regulation of Product Safety,” AHAM Product Safety and Liability Conference, October 2009, Washington D.C.
  • “Product Safety Compliance—Recreational Products Specialized Litigation Group,” Defense Research Institute Annual Products Liability Conference, April 2009, San Diego
  • “New State Product Labeling Laws – Preempted?,” Law 360 Product Liability Section, April 2009
  • “2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) Update,” February 2009, Webinar
  • “Consequences of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008,” Executive Counsel, January 2009
  • “Product Safety & Liability—Minimizing Manufacturers’ Exposure,” December 2008, Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • “Product Safety & Liability 2008—Meeting and Managing The Challenges of Product Safety in China,” December 2008, Shanghai, China
  • “Navigating New Hazards—Increased Risk of Criminal Liability Under the CPSIA,” Law 360 Product Liability Section, December 2008
  • “The Perfect Storm: New Consumer Protection Law Promises a Rough Ride,” Corporate Counselor, December 2008
  • “Addressing Ambiguities Under the CPSIA,” Law 360 Product Liability Section, September 2008

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Intellectual Property, Administrative Law, Litigation, Science and Technology Law, and Tort and Insurance Law sections)
  • Defense Research Institute (Product Liability, Fire and Casualty, Class Action, Drug and Medical Device, Commercial Litigation, Trial Tactics, Professionalism and Ethics Committees)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association


The George Washington University Law School, LL.M (Intellectual Property)

DePaul University College of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif

Northwestern University, B.A.

Previous Experience

  • Winston & Strawn, LLP


  • District of Columbia

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