Sara Roitman is an accomplished product liability litigator who represents clients facing some of their most challenging legal issues. Ms. Roitman specializes in representing manufacturers in high-stakes multi-jurisdictional mass tort cases in federal and state courts around the country. Her experience includes leading complex coordinated proceedings involving thousands of cases, directing global strategy for clients across numerous jurisdictions and co-parties, and arguing key dispositive and evidentiary motions. Ms. Roitman is a member of Dechert’s nationally recognized team of product liability and mass tort lawyers, named in 2019 as Practice Group of the Year for Product Liability by Law360 and Litigation Department of the Year for Product Liability by New York Law Journal. In 2020, she was recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal in the publication’s Women Worth Watching in STEM Awards, which were established to celebrate women leaders who break barriers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Ms. Roitman’s extensive product liability experience includes defending Fortune 500 and major privately held companies facing a wide range of legal issues: personal injury, RICO, public nuisance, consumer fraud, False Claims Act claims, and governmental litigation brought by state attorneys general and local municipalities. Most recently, she represents Purdue Pharma as one of its lead national counsel in thousands of federal and state lawsuits arising out of Purdue’s sale and promotion of opioid medications. As one of the lead lawyers representing Purdue, Ms. Roitman was appointed by the multi-district litigation court as co-liaison counsel for state and federal coordination issues, and she was lead liaison counsel for all opioid manufacturers in the opioid coordinated action pending in Illinois state court.