(973) 536-2693
Download PDF

Pamela R. Kaplan


Pamela Kaplan utilizes a collaborative and creative approach to developing effective and practical legal defense strategies, assisting clients in their effort to reach favorable outcomes in product liability and automotive matters in addition to mass torts. She focuses her practice on asbestos and environmental and toxic tort litigation.

Ms. Kaplan’s strength involves managing a diverse and challenging caseload, handling matters from inception through initial resolution and appeal when necessary. She regularly handles coordination of depositions and drafting successful dispositive motions.

Ms. Kaplan’s product liability experience ranges from the strategic management and defense of mass torts to the boots-on-the-ground defense of single-plaintiff product liability cases often alleging catastrophic injuries or death.

While not exclusively, Ms. Kaplan’s track record in mass torts includes being an integral part of local, regional and national counsel teams defending clients in asbestos, benzene, chemical exposure and other environmental matters. She focuses on sophisticated, efficient, and effective legal defense specifically and intentionally aligned with the risk and exposure each case poses. This involves the need to remain current, innovative, and diligent in seeking the appropriate resolution, whether through trial, mediation, arbitration, settlement, or any of the other forms of ADR.

Bar Admissions
• New Jersey
• New York
• Pennsylvania

Court Admissions
• U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), 2015 to Present
    • Young Lawyers Steering Committee, 2015-Present
      • Co-chair, Substantive Law Liaison and Engagement Subcommittee – 2021-2023
      • Co-chair and Vice-Chair, Publications Subcommittee, 2019-2021
      • Women in the Law Subcommittee Liaison, 2017-2019
      • Co-Chair and Vice Chair, Raising the Bar (DRI Young Lawyers Committee Newsletter), 2015-2017
    • Product Liability Committee
      • Mass Tort/Class Action Marketing Liaison, 2023-2024
      • Young Lawyer Liaison to the Product Liability Committee, 2020-2023
    • National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), 2023
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2020-present
  • Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers in America, 2021-present
  • “The Young Lawyer’s Toolkit: Litigation Strategies for Creatively and Effectively Working up Cases Through Discovery,” DRI Young Lawyers Conference, June 2023
  • “2021 Product Liability Case Law Update,” DRI Product Liability Conference webinar, August 2021
  • “Aggregating Claimant And Case Data In Mass Torts,” Law360, May 2021
  • “The Shifting Definition of ‘Seller’: E-Commerce Product Liability Claims in New Jersey,” New Jersey Law Journal, January 2021
  • “Practice Point Quick Hits #1: Use of Social Media,” DRI Product Liability Conference, February 2020
  • “Hoverboards, Headlamps, and Home Shopping: The Changing Landscape of Product Liability Claims in an Increasingly Internet-based Consumer Marketplace,” DRI For the Defense, September 2019
  • “Do’s, Don’ts, and Deps: Tips and Tools for Prepping Your Witness for Deposition,” The Whisper DRI Young Lawyers Committee Newsletter, January 2017
  • “Tort Law: Back to Basics,” New Jersey Law Journal, September 2016
  • “Tooey’s Trail of Trepidation: The Impact of the Tooey Decision of Asbestos-Related Claims against Employers,” IADC Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee Newsletter, March 2016
  • “Personal Injury Defendants Find a Friendly Court,” New Jersey Law Journal, September 2015
  • “Rise or Demise of Take-Home Asbestos Exposure Claims? California Supreme Court Set to Weigh In on Debate,” LJN’s Product Liability Law & Strategy, May 2015
  • “Location, Location, Location: Drafting Enforceable Forum-Selection Clauses under Atlantic Marine,” IADC Business Litigation Committee Newsletter, February 2015
  • “Court Returns to Time-Honored Topic of Proximate Cause in Med-Mal,” New Jersey Law Journal, Vol. 217, No. 9, September 2014
  • “Medical Monitoring – A Recent Ruling in New York,” LJN’s Product Liability Law & Strategy Newsletter, Vol. 32, No. 12, June 2014
  • “Sampling, Extrapolation, and Experts: What’s Left?,” The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, March 2014
  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (2013)
    • cum laude
    • Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania (2010)
    • magna cum laude