Brett Clements was born and bred to a long line of lawyers. He knows firsthand the commitment and tenacity required to be a successful litigator as he attended law school at night while working as a law clerk by day. A self-described personal jurisdiction nerd and science junkie, he recently was recognized as a Best Lawyers: One to Watch in America™ for his high-caliber work in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants.
Brett practices in the firm’s Complex Litigation and Toxic Torts & Products Liability groups and is a member of the firm’s trial team engaged in the serial litigation over an EPA-approved herbicide. He has defended clients in high-profile multidistrict litigation, mass torts, consumer class actions, and individual products liability cases alleging significant losses. He offers strategic counseling from case inception through trial, including on complex discovery issues, major dispositive motions, tactical trial preparation and, when appropriate, thoughtful resolution of cases.
Brett is also experienced in expert depositions on complex and novel scientific issues, and in all facets of eDiscovery, including document collections, negotiation of ESI protocols, review strategy, and oversight of productions. Recognizing the interplay between the future of litigation and new technology, he closely follows developments in products liability and eDiscovery, focusing on the scientific and technical aspects of these fast-paced areas of law.
Prior to joining the firm, Brett represented clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, consumer products, and technology. His experience included the following:
- Served on the national coordinating counsel team for a large mass tort defendant.
- Defended consumer products and automotive companies in complex class actions alleging economic loss damages, particularly those involving marketing claims and product recalls.
- Defended an electronics manufacturer in fire, tort, and breach of warranty claims.
Brett regularly represents pro bono clients through The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and serves as a Legal Clinic Ambassador. He finds this pro bono work both a challenging and rewarding part of his practice.
He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. in English and Government from Georgetown University. He served from 2005-2007 as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) in Washington, DC.
To escape the rigor of law, Brett enjoys getting out on the open road to run anything from a 5k to a half-marathon. He can also be found in the kitchen on weekends putting his culinary talents to work.
EducationGeorgetown University (B.A., 2007) Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 2013)
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- New York
- United States District Courts for the District of Maryland, District of New Jersey, and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
• Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions; Product Liability Litigation, 2023 – 2024