Hollingsworth LLP Secures Major Defense Verdict for Sterigenics and Sotera Health in Cook County, Ill. Trial
- Toxic Torts & Products Liability
- November 18, 2022
With more than fifteen years of experience representing clients in high stakes civil litigation, veteran litigator Gary Feldon is known for his cool head and exceptional judgment in a crisis. Whether arguing in court or writing a brief, Gary prides himself on crafting a compelling argument and communicating it as effectively as possible. Clients appreciate his creative solutions to thorny problems and his relentless advocacy on their behalf.
Gary practices in the firm’s Complex Litigation and Toxic Torts & Products Liability groups. Recently, Gary was a member of the trial team that secured a complete defense verdict in a 28-day bellwether jury trial in the Circuit Court for Cook County, Illinois, involving cancer allegations related to claimed exposure to ethylene oxide emitted from a medical device sterilization facility. During the trial, Gary wrote dispositive motions, argued evidentiary issues, drafted direct and cross examinations, and helped prepare corporate and expert witnesses to testify. He is also a key member of the firm’s litigation team representing a large pharmaceutical company in multi-district products liability litigation alleging personal injury claims arising from an FDA-regulated medication.
Prior to joining the firm, Gary served as a Trial Attorney at the Federal Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he defended the United States as lead counsel in more than thirty complex, high-impact civil matters arising under the U.S. Constitution, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Freedom of Information Act, federal anti-discrimination laws, and other federal statutes. Matters on which he worked included defending the Department of Agriculture against multiple class action lawsuits and representing federal agencies as thoird parties in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation and 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation. At the Department of Justice, Gary additionally served a detail with the Antitrust Division to investigate potential unfair competition in Big Tech.
Gary also worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the D.C. Office of the Attorney General’s Equity Section, serving as lead counsel for the District of Columbia in major civil litigation. Among other matters, he won summary judgment on two putative class actions alleging employment discrimination by current and former District of Columbia employees.
Prior to his work in government, Gary was in private practice where he arbitrated insurance recovery disputes on behalf of policyholders, represented pharmaceutical clients in state and federal proceedings, and represented railroads in administrative proceedings.
Following law school, Gary clerked for the Honorable Edward E. Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. During law school, he was Executive Articles Editor for the Emory International Law Review.
Outside of the office, Gary enjoys spending time with his wife and young son, as well as training in Brazilian jiujitsu and tending his vegetable garden.