Paul Scrudato specializes in managing mass tort problems for our firm’s clients and in dispute resolution involving complex litigation. Paul has over three decades of nationwide experience in a diverse list of mass tort and products liability litigations.
Paul led the representation of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in one of the largest and most complicated mass torts in our nation’s history, the World Trade Center September 11 Disaster Site litigation. The litigation involved claims by over 10,000 first responders who asserted personal injury and wrongful death claims as a result of working at the disaster site. Paul led a team of over 20 lawyers at Schiff and outside support vendors in crafting a defense to the underlying claims, and devised a settlement strategy that would run parallel to the litigation. Paul was the lead negotiator for the Port Authority and was ultimately successful in negotiating a resolution of the entire litigation.
Paul has long been in the forefront of asbestos litigation defense and remains one of the defense leaders in the New York City Asbestos Litigation. When the defendants in the New York asbestos litigation were asked to submit a single brief to the court arguing in favor of an inactive docket for unimpaired plaintiffs, hundreds of companies and law firms in New York agreed that Paul would write the brief on behalf of all of the defendants. Paul’s work persuaded the court to order the creation of an inactive docket, which resulted in over 25,000 cases being taken out of the trial queue.
Paul has extensive trial experience in mass tort and products liability cases. He is a recognized leader in creating highly structured settlement agreements to eliminate the risk that these high-value cases pose to his clients, and frequently lectures on mass tort management and resolution. Paul is a trial lawyer and lead negotiator for numerous Fortune 500 companies across the country facing risk from various products liability cases and mass torts.