Linda B. Popejoy is a counsel in the firm's Product Liability & Torts Group. Resident in the Washington, D.C. office, Linda focuses her practice primarily on serving as national counsel for multinational corporations in toxic tort and products and premises liability matters. Linda also has significant experience defending class actions and multi-plaintiff environmental suits, and in the writing of appellate briefs in toxic tort cases. Her cases have involved a variety of occupational and environmental exposures including asbestos, diesel fumes, chlorinated solvents, and welding fumes.
Linda also has experience handling complex commercial litigation for a wide range of clients. Linda's courtroom experience includes second-chairing a $15 million property dispute case, as well as acting as first-chair in a two-day evidentiary hearing in a trade secrets case in which she successfully opposed a motion for preliminary injunction.
Linda is active in pro bono matters and is a long-time member of the firm's Public Service Committee. She also helps lead the firm's Women Attorneys' Network as a member of its executive committee.
- Serves as national coordinating counsel for AT&T Corp. and several related entities for their national asbestos docket. We work closely with the client and jurisdictional counsel across the country to formulate and implement a national strategy, focused on early, efficient resolution of cases wherever possible.
- Serves as national coordinating counsel for Caterpillar Inc. and Caterpillar Global Mining LLC on their national asbestos dockets, focusing on strategic projects to aid the overall company strategy in defending the suits.
- Served as national coordinating counsel for Caterpillar Inc. in large scale state and federal court litigation (including a federal MDL proceeding) alleging that Caterpillar conspired with the manufacturers of welding products to conceal the health effects of exposure to welding fumes. This effort culminated in the granting of summary judgment to Caterpillar on all claims in MDL 1535, and was followed by the dismissal of the remainder of the pending cases. In re Welding Fume Products Liability Litigation, 1:03-cv-17000-KMO (N.D. Ohio Oct. 30, 2007)
- Represented a major railroad in a federal class action in Ohio alleging that railroad employees were exposed to harmful levels of diesel fumes. Linda was one of the primary drafters of the brief that led to the denial of class certification.
- Served as coordinating counsel for a major railroad in defending actions brought under FELA by former employees alleging exposure to chlorinated solvents. As a result of this coordination effort, including a successful Daubert challenge on the science issues, the solvents docket essentially disappeared for this client in 2010.
- Drafted an amicus brief on behalf of the Coalition for Litigation Justice in a California appellate matter involving the proper allocation of fault to immune government entities in an asbestos case. The Court's opinion reversing the trial court (which had refused to permit the jury to allocate any fault to the Navy) adopted much of the reasoning of the Coalition's amicus brief. Collins v. Plant Insulation Co., 185 Cal. App. 4th 260 (2010).
After graduating from law school, Linda served as a law clerk for the Hon. Alicemarie H. Stotler in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. A member of the District of Columbia and Maryland bars, Linda is admitted to practice before numerous federal trial and appellate courts.
Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland
Speeches & Presentations
"The Rearview Mirror: Lessons Learned From This Year's Trial Victories," Crowell & Moring Seminar/Webinar
(April 22, 2014).
Presenters: Robert T. Rhoad, Gregory D. Call, Kevin C. Mayer, Linda B. Popejoy, Keith J. Harrison, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Mana Elihu Lombardo, Nathaniel P. Bualat, and Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
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