John M. Kalas practices in the Firm's Complex Litigation, Environmental, Pharmaceutical Products, and Toxic Torts & Products Liability groups.  His practice is focused on deconstructing the opposition’s core corporate liability and scientific theories.  To that end, he has taken and defended dozens of successful depositions of expert and fact witnesses.  He has participated in several multi-day Daubert hearings and also has significant trial experience as a member of multiple trial teams in jurisdictions nationwide.

Mr. Kalas has litigated personal injury and property damage claims following alleged exposure to perchlorate and other volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”) from groundwater contamination; has defended wrongful death claims associated with alleged exposure to airborne toxins in international litigation spanning three continents; has litigated birth defect claims allegedly associated with occupational and residential chemical exposure; and has represented employers seeking to enforce choice-of-law and arbitration agreements contained within employees’ employment contracts.  He also played a substantial role in the defense of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in bisphosphonate litigation centralized before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.  He contributed significantly to motions practice in that litigation, researching and drafting scores of successful dispositive and Daubert motions.

Currently, Mr. Kalas is part of the defense team representing an agricultural company in litigation centralized before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and in California, Delaware, and Missouri state courts.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Kalas interned in the General Counsel’s office at General Electric Capital Solutions in London and for U.S. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (MD-6).

Mr. Kalas is a member of the Firm's Recruitment Committee, and his pro bono practice has included representing clients in administrative court disputes and tutoring students at The SEED School and Garrison Elementary School in Washington, D.C.  While at Georgetown University Law Center, he wrote for The Tax Lawyer and competed on the mock trial team.  Mr. Kalas is a member of the Defense Research Institute and was a member of the Firm’s 2009 Summer Associate class.

Publications

  • "Super-Size My Litigation? Perfluorochemicals And Food Packaging"
  • Nestle Takes Shelter in Its Supply Chain Safe Harbor
  • The Road to Denial: An Analysis of the Trends and Bases for Denial of Multidistrict Litigation Requests
  • Issuer Banks and Data Breach Lawsuits: A New Wave of Litigation?
  • High Court's Cert Denial Foments Greater Confusion Over Removal of Mass Actions Under Federal Law
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