Arvin Maskin retired from the partnership in 2020. He was Head of Weil’s Product Liability and Mass Tort Practice Group, which was recognized in 2018 by The American Lawyer as the sole finalist for Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year.” He served as lead counsel in some of the largest mass tort and product liability litigations in the country. Formerly with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., he was the government’s lead counsel in such seminal matters such as the “Agent Orange” litigation.
Arvin was consistently successful in handling a broad range of domestic and international matters, including the defense, coordination and resolution of product liability, mass tort and consumer fraud litigations, in some cases seeking billions of dollars, involving asbestos, breast implants, food products, industrial chemicals and their by-products, genetic research, lead paint, aircraft, automotive products, electrical and navigation equipment, and pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as counseling relating to industrial, consumer and OTC products, FDA, EPA, NHTSA and Consumer Product Safety Act compliance, product recalls (domestic and international), the False Claims Act, the Alien Tort Statute, Congressional investigations, deceptive trade practice claims brought by state attorneys general, corporate acquisitions, product distribution, marketing and labeling, risk avoidance, insurance, internal investigations, food tampering, crisis management and strategic media communications.
Arvin co-chaired Weil’s Crisis Avoidance & Risk Management Practice Group, and founded and chaired the ABA’s Task Force on Enterprise Risk Management. He is a recognized thought leader and has lectured and been published around the world on risk mitigation and crisis management techniques.
Arvin was often sought in the defense of high-stakes, high-profile mass tort matters. He was a lead counsel and negotiator in connection with World War II forced and slave labor class actions involving eight different nations, and served as lead counsel in the defense and resolution of 33 separate state consumer fraud class actions and an MDL concerning some 170 million automobile and light truck tires. He handled mass tort class actions involving African apartheid-related claims under the Alien Tort Statute, as well as class actions and related consumer fraud and personal injury litigations throughout the country involving the sale of hundreds of thousands of bullet-proof vests, including related suits brought by the U.S. Department of Justice under the False Claims Act seeking hundreds of millions of dollars. He was also a nationally recognized attorney on punitive damages, class actions and multidistrict litigation, as well as the use of science in the courtroom, and chaired numerous national conferences and counseled multinational corporations on all aspects of corporate crisis planning and risk avoidance.
Arvin is a Life Member of the American Law Institute and is a Fellow of the American and New York Bar Foundation. He was a member of the American Law Institute’s Consultative Group for the Restatement of the Law of Torts (Third): Products Liability, and served as a member of the Institute’s Consultative Group for the Restatement of the Law of Torts: General Principles. He also served as a reviewer for the Manual for Complex Litigation (Third) for the Federal Judicial Center.
Arvin serves as Co-Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Committee Section. He served as immediate past Co-Chair of the Mass Torts Litigation Committee, Litigation Section, and served as Chairman of the Enterprise Risk Management Task Force of the Committee on Corporate Counsel, Litigation Section. He also served as Co-Chair of the 2019 Litigation Section Annual Conference of the ABA. Arvin formerly served as Co-Chairman of the ABA Subcommittee on Complex Torts of the Corporate Counsel Committee, Litigation Section and Co-Chairman of the Mass Torts Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section. He was co-chairman of the ABA Mass Tort and Product Liability Subcommittee of the Committee on Corporate Counsel. He was also Chairman of the Toxic and Hazardous Substances and Environmental Law Committee of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA. He was appointed to the Task Force on Mass Torts of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and serves as a member of the Boards of Advisors of Bloomberg BNA’s Civil Trial Manual, Toxics Law Reporter and Product Safety & Liability Reporter, Leader Publications’ Products Liability Law & Strategy, among others. He is a member of the Legal Policy Advisory Board of the Washington Legal Foundation, and a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel. He also serves with the Lawyers for Civil Justice.
Arvin was recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a “Litigation Star” for Product Liability in the U.S. and as a “Local Litigation Star” for Product Liability in New York. He was also recognized by Legal 500 as a “Leading Lawyer” for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, including in the Consumer Products and Toxic Tort specialties.
Arvin also served as a legal commentator for CNN and Fox, and has guest-lectured at Yale, Georgetown, Harvard, Columbia, and NYU, among other institutions.
Arvin’s appointments and memberships have included:
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- Fellow, New York Bar Foundation
- Member, Lawyers for Civil Justice
- Member, Legal Policy Advisory Board, Washington Legal Foundation
- Member, Task Force on Mass Torts of the US Chamber of Commerce
- Member, American Law Institute
- Member, ALI’s Consultative Group for The Restatement of the Law of Torts (Third) Products Liability
- Invited commentator for the Manual on Complex Litigation (Third) for the Federal Judicial Center
- Former chairman of the Torts & Insurance Practice Section’s Committee on Toxics & Hazardous Substances and Environmental Law, American Bar Association
- Co-Chair of Mass Torts Litigation Committee, Litigation Section, ABA
- Co-Chair of 2019 Litigation Section Annual Conference of the ABA
- Chairman of Enterprise Risk Management Task Force of Committee on Corporate Counsel, Litigation Section, ABA
- Arvin serves on the Board of Advisors of BNA’s Toxics Law Reporter; BNA’s Products & Safety Liability Reporter; and Leader Publications’ Products Liability Law & Strategy