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In 2014 and 2015,
Rebecca was
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Super Lawyers
"Rising Star."
Rebecca Baden Chaney, Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2772
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Rebecca Baden Chaney is a counsel in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, where she practices in the Product Liability & Torts and Advertising & Product Risk Management groups. Her practice focuses on litigating complex commercial, mass tort and product-related disputes, with particular experience in class action and multidistrict proceedings. Rebecca represents clients in a broad range of industries in state and federal trial-level and appellate courts at all phases of litigation. Rebecca additionally advises clients in product regulatory counseling matters. She is particularly focused in defending and advising clients on Internet of Things (IoT) issues. In 2014 and 2015, Rebecca was selected by her peers as a "Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Star" for personal injury—products: defense.

Rebecca routinely defends clients in putative class and multidistrict litigation with an emphasis in product liability and warranty matters. Recent matters include:

  • Achieving dismissal on the pleadings for an automotive manufacturer in a putative class action lawsuit alleging warranty, consumer protection and invasion of privacy claims on the grounds that plaintiffs’ vehicles are “hackable.”
  • Achieving dismissal on the pleadings for a hotel door lock manufacturer in four consolidated putative class action lawsuits alleging that plaintiffs’ locks are “hackable.”
  • Achieving dismissal on the pleadings for a smoke alarm manufacturer in a putative class action lawsuit alleging that the products are defective and deceptively advertised.
  • Negotiating and supporting a limited fund class action settlement to resolve more than 300 lawsuits asserted against a university following its loss of accreditation.
  • Achieving dismissal on forum non conveniens grounds of a U.S. component part manufacturer in MDL litigation arising from the crash of Air France Flight 447.

Rebecca’s commercial litigation experience includes defending clients in crisis management, warranty, indemnity, breach of contract, and other matters. Recent matters include:

  • Resolving successfully a dispute between an automotive part supplier and automotive manufacturer with claims valued in excess of $1 billion.
  • Representing automotive part supplier in litigation with automotive manufacturer asserting defect and indemnity claims, and helping to guide client to a favorable resolution.
  • Representing foreign U.S. government contractor in pending defamation action against competitor emanating from an anonymous e-mail.
  • Advising offshore wind project in potential litigation of force majeure clause.
  • Preparing U.S. government contractor to defend breach of contract litigation following its termination of a subcontract.

In her counseling practice, Rebecca advises clients on a full range of product liability and risk management issues from both the pre- and post-launch perspectives, with an emphasis on automotive and trucking, and consumer products. Rebecca regularly advises automotive industry clients on recall and regulatory compliance issues in the U.S. and internationally, such as in connection with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Transport Canada, including by representing clients in initiating and conducting recalls. Rebecca has experience representing and advising clients before the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She also advises clients on product labeling to ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements and to minimize product liability risk. Rebecca additionally advises clients on contract language and indemnification provisions.

Rebecca received a B.A. in public relations and political science with a minor in psychology from Syracuse University, magna cum laude, in 2006, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, Order of the Coif, magna cum laude, in 2009. While in law school, Rebecca interned with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Antitrust Division, with the Hon. Lynne A. Battaglia, Maryland Court of Appeals, with the National Association of the Deaf, and with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland. Rebecca additionally served as a writing fellow and as a notes and comments editor for the Maryland Journal of Health Care Law and Policy.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Rebecca is active in the American Bar Association, where she is a member of the Litigation and Young Lawyers sections, as well as the Products Liability and Women in Products Liability subsections. Rebecca is also a member of the Product Liability section of DRI.

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • “On the Frontier of the Internet of Things: Cybersecurity, Regulation, and Litigation in a Hyper-Connected World,” Joint Program, ABA Public Contract Law Section’s Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Data Protection Committee and Science & Technology Law Section’s Homeland Security Committee (April 13, 2016). Presenters: Clifford J. Zatz, Rebecca Baden Chaney, and David Z. Bodenheimer.
  • "A Conversation About Driverless Vehicles, Regulation, and Litigation," Products Liability Committee Section of Litigation (August 26, 2014). Moderator: Laura Jastrem Walther; Presenter: Rebecca Baden Chaney.
  • "Changes to NHTSA Rules: Early Warning Reporting and Recall Procedures," Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 30, 2013). Presenters: Daniel T. Campbell, Michael L. Kuppersmith, and Rebecca Baden Chaney.
  • "Motor Vehicle Safety / NHTSA: Steering in the Right Direction: What you need to know about NHTSA enforcement, the ‘electrification’ of motor vehicles, and other automotive hot topics," Crowell & Moring Product Risk Management Seminar (October 19, 2011). Moderators: Dan Campbell; Rebecca Baden Chaney. Panelists: O. Kevin Vincent (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration); James Chen (Tesla Motors); Joe Stancati (Dana Holding Corporation).
  • "Trial Skills: Perceptions of Gender in the Courtroom," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Women in Products Liability Regional CLE Workshop, Nashville, TN (October 2011). Co-Moderator: Rebecca Baden Chaney.


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Oct.27.2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jan.02.2015 Crowell & Moring Elects Six New Partners and Promotes Eight Associates to Counsel
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Oct.05.2011 Crowell & Moring Consumer Product Safety Seminar to Feature Senator Mark Pryor and Other Key Government Officials
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