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Joanne Gray is a partner and is chair of the firm’s Specialty Litigation Group and its Products Liability & Mass Torts Practice. She has extensive experience in defending matters involving high profile products liability, class actions, consumer fraud and mass tort claims. Ms. Gray also provides consumer products mergers and acquisition advice and litigation avoidance counseling, including advising on related regulatory compliance. Ms. Gray is cochair of the firm's Food Industry Group, and counsels clients and provides risk management and strategic advice to a wide range of food and supplement businesses, including in the fast growing and rapidly changing healthy living section of the industry. She is also involved in counseling and strategic planning for food, supplements and consumer product launches as well as product recalls, and provides advice and diligence on company or product lines acquisitions. She often works with food and supplement companies by providing strategic business and regulatory advice regarding products that incorporate new and evolving technologies or novel ingredients.

Ms. Gray’s industry-focused practice concentrates in the consumer products area, including technology companies and FDA regulated companies in the food and beverage, dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals and medical devices areas. Her legal practice includes mergers and acquisition advice, regulatory compliance advice, public relations and crisis management counseling, and litigation avoidance advice, as well as defense of consumer fraud/consumer refund class actions and complex product liability matters.

Ms. Gray has broad experience in counseling consumer product companies, as well as defending leading companies (both publically and privately held) in major consumer class actions and bet­the­company national mass tort and products liability litigation, including in lawsuits that have been part of designated multidistrict litigation (MDL). Ms. Gray has been appointed as National Counsel, National Science Counsel and Regional Counsel. She also has extensive experience counseling consumer products clients on risk management and capital markets issues that often arise in the mergers and acquisitions context. Ms. Gray provides strategic advice and related due diligence reviews during acquisitions of specific product lines or entire companies, and has counseled her clients on managing risk and in limiting potential liability with acquisitions. In that context, Ms. Gray has guided companies through a myriad of regulatory requirements promulgated by different governmental agencies (such as the FDA and the EPA), thus allowing her clients acquire new businesses and continue to develop innovative consumer products while complying with complex and sometimes seemingly contradictory regulations.

Ms. Gray is listed in the Nationwide Food & Beverages: Regulation & Litigation category in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, where clients praise her "tremendous work ethic" and for being "an absolute professional who first looks at the needs of her clients and provides strategic advice for the long­term." She has been named a “Life Sciences Star” in Euromoney LMG Life Science Guide. She has been named as a “Leading Lawyer” in The Legal 500 U.S., making her one of only 12 lawyers in the U.S. being awarded this honor for products liability law (along with Goodwin partner Forrest Hainline). Ms. Gray is also listed in the Women in Business Law Expert Guide, Who’s Who in the Law and Super Lawyers. In 2013, Ms. Gray received the first­ever “Transformative Leadership Award” from the American Bar Association for her leadership in the area of food and supplements law.

Ms. Gray has held a number of leadership roles in the American Bar Association. She is the founding national co­chair of the ABA's Food and Supplement Group. Ms. Gray is on the Board of Directors of Vitamin Angels, an international charity that provides critical micronutrients to pregnant and lactating mothers and children in need, both here in the US and around the world. She leads a team of lawyers in providing pro bono services to Vitamin Angels, and their work has resulted in Goodwin Procter receiving its “Archangel Award”, which is Vitamin Angels’ highest honor. In the pro bono area, Ms. Gray has also devoted much of her career to working with nonprofit groups that are dedicated to breaking the glass ceiling, and she has served on committees both inside and outside the firm that are focused on a variety of diversity issues, particularly on the advancement of women in the legal profession. Ms. Gray is the past national cochair of the ABA's Women in Products Liability Committee. She is past chair of the Hiring Committee for the New York office.

Ms. Gray has lectured and published extensively over the course of her career. She is coeditor of the 50 State Survey of Consumer Class Action Law, published by the American Bar Association. She is the author of the chapter on “The Power of The Press in Litigation” in the book Current Law Strategies and Best Practices in Products Litigation, published by the Practicing Law Institute (PLI). She has also published and lectured extensively on scientific and regulatory issues in the law, as well as issues relating to bet-­the­-company litigation, including on use of experts at trials and on related issues in Daubert hearings. Throughout her career, Ms. Gray has been a leading voice and national speaker on issues of mentoring and advancement of young lawyers and on the benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.