Smith Stratton

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About Smith Stratton

Smith Stratton was established in Princeton in 1949. The firm has become a fixture in the Northeast corridor by delivering favorable and cost-effective results. The firm represents clients in trials and appeals in state and federal courts, arbitrations and mediations in a wide range of matters. Clients include private and public companies, prominent insurers and reinsurers, hospitals and physicians, pharmaceutical companies, and other health science enterprises. Our Princeton headquarters, along with additional offices in New York City and Philadelphia, affords Smith Stratton the opportunity to serve clients throughout the region.

Smith Stratton has developed a particular expertise in a wide range of insurance related matters. Over the past twenty-five years, the firm’s attorneys have played a prominent role in many of the largest insurance coverage declaratory judgment actions in the country, in which the firm’s clients had millions of dollars at risk The firm’s partners have served as coordinating counsel in high profile coverage and products liability matters, including pharmaceutical, environmental, asbestos, latex and tainted blood claims, and frequently provide insurers with advice and opinions addressing a broad range of coverage questions. In addition, the firm has a growing reinsurance practice, including claims in both litigation and arbitration. This experience and distinguished work has earned Smith Stratton inclusion in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings in the area of Insurance Law.

The firm also has developed specialties in the defense of products liability matters; including medical device claims; commercial; corporate and partnership disputes; environmental, workplace exposure and toxic tort claims; trust and estates litigation; professional liability, general liability, construction, employment appeals and other liability claims; health care litigation; and litigation involving education institutions. 

The Smith Stratton Difference

Smith Stratton delivers results for our clients with efficiency and economy. The firm's litigators utilize a positive and proactive approach, designed to resolve disputes as effectively and efficiently as possible.

The firm’s partners listen carefully to determine client objectives and develop cost-effective strategies tailored to meet those objectives. With a focused use of technology, the firm is able to handle cases of all sizes, including large cases reserved for larger firms.

Smith Stratton attorneys advise clients on cost effective alternatives to traditional litigation, including early settlement and alternative dispute resolution options.

Smith Stratton's Practice

Smith Stratton's practice includes the representation of clients in substantial and high profile claims. Our clients value the firm's experience and qualifications and entrust a wide variety of legal matters to us. Significant representations we have undertaken include:

  • Representing the lead umbrella insurer in a declaratory judgment action involving coverage claims arising from OxyContin®;

  • Serving as regional counsel to a former manufacturer of an asbestos-containing product in hundreds of products liability cases;

  • Representing a substantial participant in a London arbitration involving coverage for thousands of Vioxx bodily injury claims;

  • Successfully defending a medical device manufacturer against claims of negligence and strict product liability;

  • Successfully defending a leading provider of pollution insurance products against claims by one of the world’s largest chemical companies seeking to recover loss of income due to a fire and explosion at a chemical plant;

  • Successfully defending a biotech company in a tainted blood factor products liability litigation;

  • Representing a minority owner in a new insurance concern, ultimately obtaining a multi-million dollar settlement after trial and appeal to the New Jersey Supreme Court;

  • Successfully representing a small apparel designer/manufacturer against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and one of its subsidiaries;

  • Serving as national counsel in latex glove products liability litigation.