K&L Gates Adds Newark Toxic Tort Partner

Newark, N.J. — The Newark office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (K&L Gates) welcomes Charles F. Rysavy as a partner in the firm’s toxic tort practice. Rysavy joins K&L Gates from McCarter & English, LLP, where he was the past chair of the mass and toxic tort practice group.

An experienced toxic tort litigator, Rysavy has appeared before numerous state and federal courts in a wide range of complex class action and mass products liability cases involving chemicals, asbestos, radiation, medical devices, and industrial machinery. Rysavy has also filed appeals and amicus briefs with several circuit courts and both the United States and New Jersey Supreme Courts on behalf of industry groups in such cases as BMW of North America v. Gore and In re Three Mile Island Litigation.

Rysavy is joined by longtime colleague Roger P. Shaw, who will serve as a technical specialist supporting K&L Gates lawyers on litigation, transactions and client counseling on matters related to radiation injury claims and the commercial nuclear industry. A certified health physicist, Shaw is the former head of radiation protection at the Three Mile Island and Oyster Creek nuclear generating stations.

Tony La Rocco, Administrative Partner of K&L Gates’ Newark office, said: “K&L Gates is delighted to welcome Charlie as the newest member of the firm’s toxic tort practice. His diverse experience in the products liability and toxic tort fields – including representing clients in the defense of a variety of toxic exposure matters, radiation exposure claims, and claims of chronic injuries by workers involved in the World Trade Center disaster site cleanup – will be of much benefit to the firm and its clients.”

K&L Gates’ Chairman and Global Managing Partner Peter J. Kalis said: “With the global resurgence of nuclear energy, Charlie will help to ground a leading practice for industry members, and his arrival is yet another reminder of the formidable growth of K&L Gates’ Newark office.”

K&L Gates comprises approximately 1,500 lawyers in 24 offices located in North America, Europe and Asia, and represents capital markets participants, entrepreneurs, growth and middle market companies, leading FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 global corporations and public sector entities. For more information, visit www.klgates.com.

K&L Gates comprises multiple affiliated partnerships: a limited liability partnership with the full name Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP qualified in Delaware and maintaining offices throughout the U.S., in Berlin, and in Beijing (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP Beijing Representative Office); a limited liability partnership (also named Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP) incorporated in England and maintaining our London and Paris offices; a Taiwan general partnership (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis) which practices from our Taipei office; and a Hong Kong general partnership (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, Solicitors) which practices from our Hong Kong office. K&L Gates maintains appropriate registrations in the jurisdictions in which its offices are located. A list of the partners in each entity is available for inspection at any K&L Gates office.

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