Esther E. Berezofsky

Esther E. Berezofsky

Attorney Berezofsky & Partners on Environmental Litigation

Attorney Berezofsky on Mentoring Women in the Legal Profession

Attorney Berezofsky on Pharmaceutical Drugs & Medical Devices

Attorney Berezofsky & Partners on the Toms River Cancer Cluster


BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania
New Jersey
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

AWARDS & HONORS

New Jersey Super Lawyer:
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
New Jersey Association of Trial Lawyers Gold Medal for Distinguished Service 2008

ASSOCIATIONS & AFFILIATIONS

Public Justice, Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, Past President 2014-2015
New Jersey Association of Justice, Board of Governors
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice, Officer of the Section on Toxic Environmental and Pharmaceutical Litigation (STEP)

EDUCATION

Rutgers University School of Law/Camden (1987)
Rutgers Law Journal Articles Editor
Wayne State University, MA in Clinical Psychology

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 I try to run one marathon every year, somewhere in the world.  Long distance running requires discipline, perseverance and a commitment to completing a challenge taken on. Running in the U.S. and internationally allows me to connect with people from all walks of life and cultures,  and appreciate that pursuing ones goals, on the track or in the courtroom, is as universal as the need for the freedom to do so. I'm honored to represent people from all walks of life to protect and preserve their rights and am fully committed to “going the distance" for my clients.


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Esther E. Berezofsky

Co-Founder and Partner


CONTACT

P: 856.667.0500
F: 856.667.5133
E: eberezofsky@wcblegal.com

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Environmental
Pharmaceutical & Medical Device
Product Liability
Food Contamination & GMO
Mass Tort
Consumer Protection
Civil Rights
Appellate

 

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BIOGRAPHY

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Esther Berezofsky is nationally recognized and respected for representing plaintiffs in complex litigation involving mass torts, pharmaceutical drugs and medical device products liability, consumer fraud class actions, environmental litigation and chemical exposure cases.  As one of the foremost environmental attorneys in the country, she has litigated high-profile cases including– notably as lead counsel the Toms River case–which has been profiled in books, television news programs and other media.

Toms River involved a community in which contaminated drinking water caused children to develop cancer at alarming rates thus its designation as a cancer cluster. Williams Cuker Berezofsky, through its investigation and work with scientific experts, was able to bring resolution to the affected families.


 “I’m a long-distance runner. That’s all about pushing through obstacles and resistance to go the distance and reach the goal. My law practice is not unlike that.”


Ms. Berezofsky is regarded as one of the leading mass tort pharmaceutical and medical device attorneys in the country. Recent matters include representing those injured by defective devices manufactured by DePuy and Stryker, and insulin pumps and pain pumps manufactured by Medtronic. She is currently representing plaintiffs in pharmaceutical product liability matters including the drugs Benicar, Rezulin, and Paxil among others.

Ms. Berezofsky is also a lead negotiator in many of the firm’s complex cases; she has been appointed Lead and Liaison Counsel in various state court litigations.


“I have been involved in women’s issues and the women’s movement my entire life. It’s a natural fit for me to take on pharmaceutical torts against hormone replacement therapy drugs, diet drugs, birth control and others that largely or exclusively affect women”


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Ms. Berezofsky served as President of Public Justice, a national public interest law firm, during the 2014-2015 term.  At the conclusion of her service, she was awarded a bronze statue in appreciation for her “warrior-like determination” to advance the cause of justice for the organization’s initiatives. She continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

She is on the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) and was awarded its New Jersey (ATLA-NJ) Gold Medal for Distinguished Service. Ms. Berezofsky is also an officer of the Section on Toxic Environmental and Pharmaceutical Litigation (STEP) of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). She has been honored as a New Jersey Super Lawyer annually from 2007-2016 for class action/mass torts, consumer law and environmental litigation.


“Being a child of Holocaust survivors and daughter of a resistance fighter is very much a part of who I am and what I do. I don’t take my rights and privileges for granted, and I have a deep commitment to justice, fair principles and not accepting prejudice.”


REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • In re Toms River Cancer Cluster: Successfully represented families with childhood cancer in community in which chemicals contaminated the drinking water.
  • Barton v. Wyeth: Represented plaintiff who developed breast cancer from hormone drugs resulting in jury verdict of $78M, including $75M in punitive damages.
  • Singleton v. Wyeth, Inc.: Represented plaintiff whose breast cancer was caused by Wyeth’s hormone-replacement therapy (“HRT”) drugs, resulted in $3.45 million compensatory damages and $6 million punitive damages awards.
  • Magistrini v. One Hour Martinizing, et al.: Published decision re defendants duty to warn in toxic tort case.
  • Brigman v. Wyeth: Diet Drug Litigation resulting in published decision re: heeding presumption and learned intermediary. 

ARTICLES & EVENTS

Ms. Berezofsky is featured in the media, highlighting both her litigation successes and knowledgeable commentary on legal issues. She has authored articles and book chapters, and presents frequently at conferences, continuing legal education seminars and other events.

Featured author: Ms. Berezofsky authored the chapter “Environmental Torts” in the 2015 New Jersey Mass Tort & Class Action Treatise, a valued resource for legal practitioners. The Treatise is published by the New Jersey Association for Justice. More than 50 attorneys and judges, experts in their respective fields of practice, contributed to the work.

Highlighted environmental publication: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Technological Disaster, 18 Rutgers Law Journal 623, reprinted in BNA Toxic Law Reporter, Vol. 2 No. 11, August 1987, also reprinted in The New Jersey Trial Lawyer, Vol. II Issue 2, August 1988.

Book review: 

Beware Reporters with Roses reviewing All The Justice Money Can Buy, Snigdha Prakash, for TRIAL Magazine of AAJ, January 2012

Select speaking engagements: Ms. Berezofsky is a frequent lecturer to professional and other organizations. Recent presentations on a wide variety of topics include:

Theories of Liability and Surviving Preemption in Medical Device SynchroMed II Pump Cases, American Association for Justice (AAJ) Webinar, November 2015

Learn From the Legends,” New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ), November 2015

Theories of Liability and Surviving Preemption in Medical Device Cases, AAJ 2015

Negotiating Settlements: Woman as Warrior, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 2014

Bellwether Selection in Pharma Mass Tort Cases, AAJ 2012

DePuy ASR Bellwether Case Selection, AAJ Conference, Chicago 2012

Wisdom or Folly: Timed Trials in Mass Torts, Mass Tort Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 2011

Timed Trials: Wisdom or Folly, Mass Tort Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 2011

Fracking Litigation: an Overview Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts AAJ Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP), San Francisco, California, July 2010

Maximizing Media Exposure for Plaintiffs Verdicts: Video News Releases, Vancouver,  July 2010

Federal Courts Seminar, NJAJ, October 2009

Preparing Plaintiffs for Depositions in HRT Litigation, Philadelphia, PA 2008

Discovery Tools: Electronic Information Discovery and Corporate Representative Depositions, February 2007

Mass Torts Roundtable, Meadowlands Seminar, New Jersey, October 2007

Evaluating Damages in Medical Device and Pharma Cases, Dallas 2004

Toxic Torts in the Cyber-Age, AAJ STEP, San Francisco, California, July 2003 

Mealeys Toxic Tort Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2003

Chair of Program for AAJ STEP, San Francisco, California, July 2003

Litigating Food Safety Cases, Minnesota Conference on Food Safety, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 2002

Bad Products, Good LawsuitsRezulin Litigation, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute July 2001

Daubert Challenges in Toxic Tort Litigation

Medical Monitoring

Workplace Chemicals: Proving Causation

Extrajudicial Process for Resolving Environment Cases

Deposition of Corporate Reps as a Discovery Tool 

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